Mercedes is confounding its own expectations

Mercedes is confounding its own expectations

Singapore was supposed to be the race where Mercedes was beatable - even the champion team itself thought so. Friday practice suggests that might not be the case

Mercedes was nervous coming into the Singapore Grand Prix weekend. Although this team has undisputedly dominated Formula 1 for three straight seasons, there were genuine concerns about its potential form on the Marina Bay circuit, thanks to a woeful performance here 12 months ago.

Back then Mercedes endured an anomalous struggle in the middle of an otherwise peerless run of form, the only time it has been defeated on pure pace alone throughout a GP weekend under these V6 hybrid turbo F1 regulations.

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