Mercedes expect stiffer opposition than usual from their rivals this weekend and Nico Rosberg believes the Singapore track will favour Red Bull.
“It won’t be easy,” said Rosberg. “This is a Red Bull track and we weren’t so strong there last year.”
Rosberg arrives in Singapore having won the last two races and reduced Lewis Hamilton’s points lead to just two.
“I have faith in the team and my belief in myself is as high as ever,” he said. “I approach each weekend aiming to win the race. The points gap has gone up and down but I’ve taken it one race at a time – and that’s the best way for me, as you can see by how the gap is now.”
Hamilton also predicts a strong showing from the team’s rivals. “We didn’t have the greatest weekend there last year, so hopefully we’re on top of that now,” he said.
“It’s not going to be an easy breezy drive. Even when we won there back in 2014, it wasn’t straightforward. Ferrari and Red Bull will be on it I’m sure, so we’ve got a big fight on our hands if we are up at the front.”
Neither Mercedes finished on the podium in last year’s race as Hamilton retired and Rosberg took fourth. Sebastian Vettel won for Ferrari, pursued closely by Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull.