But after two free practice sessions on Friday, teams are ready to admit that Red Bull may be hard to beat at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
Meanwhile, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton will enter the race this Sunday with a slim three-point lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, but he thinks he's going to have a "difficult weekend".
"We know the Singapore Grand Prix is unpredictable, anything can happen, you just have to be ready and stay on your toes for the entire race".
"We think in the next three to four years we can really take Formula One to a place that is good for all our partners and really adds a new level of excitement and new dimensions to the sport", he said. We can still be in the mix.
The announcement, prolonging the distinctive night race which has been dubbed F1's "crown jewel" and the "Monaco of the East", comes after neighbouring Malaysia made a decision to cancel its grand prix, citing rising costs.
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"We have never had a good balance, we have been struggling a lot with that, a lot of understeer for me".
"So we are very much hoping we get it right, and we get a bit of luck".
The Singapore Grand Prix is a signature Formula 1 race and therefore we are very pleased that it will continue to feature on the calendar for a further four years. As from the start of the 2018 season, Honda will supply Toro Rosso with its power units, while McLaren will switch to Renault engines.
Weather conditions look to be fine for most of this weekend, although we could see some stormy conditions during Sunday's race.
During the 90-minute race, "we will be seeing about 10 terrabytes of data float through the system, which makes it the biggest science project on the planet for that period of time, eclipsing even the human genome project", said Ian Rhodes, CEO of McLaren Applied Technologies.