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My Singapore Grand Prix predictions

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Jonathan Legard | 22:22 UK time, Friday, 25 September 2009


Singapore's slogan 'nothing else comes close' rings true both on and off the track in Formula 1's only night race on its 17-stop calendar.

The city backdrop with the action played out under the lights is simply stunning, while the storyline - the "crash-gate" saga with Renault at the centre of the storm - has been equally captivating.

The world has been gripped, shocked, appalled and fascinated by the scandal, with headlines saying it was the worst tale of cheating in F1 and that the sport is losing touch with its fans.

The image of the weekend so far has to be of Romain Grosjean crashing his Renault during practice at the same corner, Turn 17, where Nelson Piquet deliberately crashed 12 months ago. You just couldn't make it up.

As for the race itself, well, the omens suggest that the battle on the track will also live up to the slogan given that the top 15 cars were covered by 1.3 seconds in the second session of practice.

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My Italian Grand Prix predictions

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Jonathan Legard | 08:15 UK time, Saturday, 12 September 2009


First of all, if you managed to pick the top three in Spa, congratulations because most of the Formula 1 community were completely surprised and taken aback.

The Italian Grand Prix at Monza promises to continue the Spa formbook because this is another unique track with its own unique challenges.

Without a circuit like Montreal on the F1 calendar, which also demands a lot of the cars in terms of power, the teams are coming here entering hugely different territory.

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