Cape Town - Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said the characteristics of the
Marina Bay circuit are not a great fit for their W09 car.
The Silver Arrows will be attempting to stretch their
advantage in both World Championship battles in Singapore, but is well aware
Mercedes could suffer more struggles on the narrow street circuit.
"The result in Italy was a great reward for everyone in
the team who has been working tirelessly to improve our performance," said
"We knew that the race in Monza would be another big
challenge for us, after the defeat in Spa, but we managed to prevail through a
combination of individual skill and fantastic teamwork.
"However, we also know that we've been strong at Monza
in recent years and the track characteristics make the Italian Grand Prix a bit
of an outlier.
"Singapore, on the other hand, has features that we've
struggled with in the past.
"The short straights, the slow, tight corners and the
bumpy surface all make the Marina Bay Street Circuit one of the trickiest
tracks of the season for us.
A first-lap capitulation from Ferrari handed Lewis Hamilton
and Mercedes victory in the 2017 edition of the Singapore Grand Prix.
Yet Wolff feels that the Scuderia are once again the team to
He added: "In 2015, we endured one of our most painful
experiences in recent years there. Last year, we started the race from the
third row - and came home with a win and a third place.
"On paper, the track should favour the Ferraris, but
the Championship fight is so close that predictions are almost