Thank goodness no more 3 week breaks, good to see races rolling around more frequently..
There's another thread for the changes to the Singapore sling so discussion for that is here http://forums.autosp...gapore-slinged/
RB seem to have a new innovation for their gearboxes, some discussion here: http://www.f1technic...4606&start=1320
"Here's a little something for the geek in you...
With Singapore just over a week away, we've been putting in the hours with our fellow tech bods at Infiniti to develop a new hydrogen free 'Diamond Like Carbon' coating for the gear boxes we'll be using at the night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
The Diamond Like Carbon (DLC to you and me) is already used in Infiniti road cars so we’ve re-worked the idea to use on our RB9s. The material is super-smooth which results in less friction between the elements inside the gear box. Broken down, what this means is that we can manage the temperature of the gear box and limit the scope for overheating more easily.
So there you have it."
What with their gearbox niggles in Monza, (Vettel had to short shift a couple of gears), and the fact that Singapore will be Vettel's 5th race on his current gearbox (he took a new one after he had the Silverstone failure), there seems to be some chance RB will either take a grid penalty, or on the other hand, have a worry for the race. I'm guessing they don't need to take a new gearbox for this 'diamond like carbon' coating otherwise they wouldn't be bragging about it like they are.
Anyone think Ferrari can improve their performance on slow twisty tracks or Lotus can get back to the sharp end? I reckon it's a Mercedes vs. RB fight.