Daniel Ricciardo expecting ‘problems’ at 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

Formula 1 has not visited Singapore since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo is anticipating a tough weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix next time out due to the nature of the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

The unique track is home to 23 corners, some of which are fast, some slow, but all of them are incredibly demanding in their own way.

There is a little bit of time for the drivers to take a breather down three straights that, as street circuits typically go, are relatively long.

Notable low-speed turns can be found at nine of the 23 turns, so there are a fair few for the drivers to negotiate.

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Ricciardo’s team-mate, Lando Norris, has previously spoken about the difficulties that the MCL36 experiences traversing slow turns compared to other cars, and it is something the Aussie felt at Spa and Monza.

He therefore anticipates similar struggles in Singapore next weekend.

“I made a comment during the race [at Monza] that the chicane, the low speed, felt like the problems that we had in Spa – the last chicane,” said Ricciardo, quoted by GPFans.

“So yeah, we still struggle a lot there.

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“There are still some issues that we have and hopefully we can learn a little bit more on that, I think we understand why but I’m not sure we have a quick fix. We’ll try.”

The McLaren has typically been strong both in the straights and high-speed corners this year, so the issue is perhaps more complex than having insufficient downforce.

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“I don’t think it’s all downforce, there are a few other things fundamentally that I think are tricky for us,” added Ricciardo.

The 33-year-old is entering his final six races as a McLaren driver before he is replaced by Alpine reserve, Oscar Piastri.

He will then be looking for another seat, with options currently available at Alfa Romeo, Williams and his former team, Alpine.