[F1 2017 NEWS] SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX: LIVE BLOG

Formula 1 news story about [F1 2017 NEWS] SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX: LIVE BLOG

The Inside Line will be live, and on the ground, for the 10th edition of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. Here, we keep you in the loop with behind the scenes insight and photos.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14:

It's all go here in Singapore, as the sport prepares for this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix. If you've never been to a Grand Prix, this is definitely one that should be near the top of the list – on spectacle alone. Walking around, especially at night, you can really soak up the atmosphere and feel the crackling tension in the air as you follow the track around Marina Bay, with the lights on and everyone excited for the racing ahead.

 

We've landed in #Singapore! Bring on the @f1nightrace. #Formula1 #F1 #Motorsport #SingaporeGP

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Obviously, the big news coming up concerns McLaren and Honda, with an announcement on its split imminent. And the historic British team switching to Renault for the next three years.

As a result, Toro Rosso will take on Honda, enabling the embattled Japanese manufacturer to develop its power units away from the spotlight – while it's rumoured Red Bull Racing may be forced to take on Honda from 2019, despite the fact it was planning to do so.

Focusing on Sunday, the win looks to be between the Ferraris and the Red Bulls, whose cars are likely better suited to the tight and twisty 23-turn track. But can Mercedes break into that fight? Nico Rosberg won here last year, just holding off Daniel Ricciardo to the flag – 0.488 seconds the the gap at the flag. Hamilton would dearly love to win here, just three points up on title rival Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' standings with seven races to go.

We'll be back tomorrow with more updates, but until then it's a quick Thursday wrap:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15:

 

.@StewartBellF1 provides an early Friday afternoon update from the @f1nightrace! #Formula1 #F1 #Motorsport #SingaporeGP #Singapore

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There's been plenty of news today, with Singapore announcing its world-famous night race will remain on the Formula 1 calendar until at least 2021, after a new four-year deal was struck between Singapore GP Pte Ltd, Singapore Tourism Board and the sport's management.

Singapore has been a trailblazing event for F1, as a stunning mix of racing under lights, and off-track entertainment, with 24 Grammy Award winners performing since 2008, with this year featuring featuring global DJ sensation Calvin Harris, pop superstar Ariana Grande, synth-pop veterans Duran Duran, US pop rockers OneRepublic, American DJ duo The Chainsmokers, and British singer-songwriter Seal.

McLaren also announced it has dissolved its partnership with Honda after what will be three difficult seasons. The historic British team will therefore partner with Renault for the next three years, with Honda joining Toro Rosso – and incredibly, stating it will be a top-three contender next year. The transfer of Carlos Sainz was a deal sweetener for Renault to release Toro Rosso from its deal one year early, the Spaniard long a target for the Enstone team. He will join Nico Hülkenberg at Renault next year.

On track, Red Bull Racing ruled Marina Bay – with Daniel Ricciardo topping both Friday practice sessions, over half a second up on his teammate Max Verstappen in the second session. Mercedes was best of the rest, Lewis Hamilton third as practice ended on Friday night, one place ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas. Ferrari looked out of sorts with Kimi Räikkönen ninth and Sebastian Vettel 11th at the end of Friday having made contact with the wall earlier in the session. Can the Prancing Horse return to the front in qualifying? Final practice will give us a glimpse of the order.

Our pictures from the day:

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16:

Our morning update from our producer on the ground, Stewart Bell.

Our pictures from the day:

 

Hanging out at @haasf1team, in the pit lane at the @f1nightrace! #Formula1 #F1 #Motorsport #SingaporeGP #F1NightRace #Singapore

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Going behind the scenes with @renaultsportf1 at the @f1nightrace! #Formula1 #F1 #Motorsport #SingaporeGP #F1NightRace #Singapore

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17:

Our final video update from our producer on the ground, Stewart Bell.

It's very warm here in Singapore ahead of tonight's race, with blustery conditions for the support races. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel starts tonight's Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix from pole position, his fourth here, his 49th overall, and he pulled the pace out when it mattered – more than 0.3 seconds faster than Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen.

Both Red Bulls, Daniel Ricciardo starting from third, will need great starts to challenge Vettel into Turn 1. Behind the top three is another Ferrari, Kimi Räikkönen, who will want to jump the bulls to play rear gunner for his teammate. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas start from fifth and sixth have it all to do, with the Singapore race more about damage limitation – and getting maximum points before heading to more even ground at the next race in Malaysia. There's plenty to play for, and with just three points between championship leader Hamilton and title rival Vettel, there's lots to play for.

Thank you for all your support throughout the 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. Keep your eyes locked on our Twitter and Instagram feeds for live updates during the race (@theinsidelinehq).