F1: It could get hot at Marina Bay

F1: It could get hot at Marina Bay
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (R) is sprayed with champagne by second Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg (L).

SINGAPORE - Not since the inaugural race in 2008 has there been as much anticipation over what will unfold this weekend along Marina Bay.

The 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix will feature the latest episode in what has developed into a fierce tussle between Mercedes rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

With six races to go, Rosberg leads Hamilton by 22 points at the top of the drivers' standings.

Hamilton, however, heads to Singapore on a high after winning the Italian Grand Prix in Monza two Sundays ago.

While the Englishman accused Rosberg of deliberately crashing into him at the Belgian Grand Prix - something the German denied - both have since claimed there is no ill-feeling between the two camps, although race-watchers think otherwise.

It means all eyes will be on the Mercedes duo for the night race along downtown Singapore.

"It's great entertainment value for Formula 1 fans; it's like racing with a reality TV element to it," said Singapore racer Claire Jedrek, who competed in this year's Malaysian Super Series - the support race for the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

"I don't think the accidents between the two drivers have been on purpose, but when the two say what they feel after each race, it's good for the sport to have such shock value."

At the Monaco Grand Prix in May, a move by Rosberg in qualifying wrecked Hamilton's chances when he was on a flying lap.

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