F1: Singapore Grand Prix Results
On a true Super Sunday of Sport (at one point I was trying to watch the end of the Grand Prix, the end of the Liverpool vs. Man United game along with both the starts of England in the World T20 Cricket and Newcastle vs. Norwich!), everything turned out to be a little bit of a damp squid for the Brits. But let’s get on to the Singapore Grand Prix Results.
The Grand Prix looked fantastic as always and during the weekend penned a deal to continue hosting the race until 2017 which is great news for the sport and the city of Singapore. A lot of talk before the race was that based on previous grand prix, a safety car was inevitable and unfortunately it came and I think robbed us of some interesting strategy permutations. Until the safety car, Vettel and Red Bull were I believe between a two and three stop strategy whereas Button was firmly on a two stop. Vettel was likely to pit around the time of the safety car and without it he may have either fallen off the cliff with his tyres near the end of the race, or been forced into a three stop strategy. This would have almost certainly handed Jenson the victory as overtaking without a huge speed differential was particularly hard and Vettel would not have been able to come through the field to make a three stop work. This all led to a comfortable win for Vettel and Red Bull but they did need Hamilton to retire and it will worry them that they weren’t the quickest car out there.
Webber also finished out of the points following a twenty second time penalty for illegally passing Kobayashi off the track. It’s hard to believe that this is only Vettel’s second win of the season and he will be happy to chop into Alonso’s lead a little bit and put himself firmly into second place.
McLaren’s impressive run of three race wins in a row looked set to continue right up until the point that Lewis Hamilton was banging his steering wheel like it was an old TV with a dodgy picture because he could no longer change gear. The McLaren was the fastest car and Hamilton was in a class of his own in qualifying on Saturday, producing two laps good enough for pole position and nothing seemed to have changed during opening phases of the race. Hamilton looked comfortable and only a car failure or pit stop issue was going to stop him from winning his second race in a row and closing in on Fernando Alonso. Unfortunately for the second race in a row, only one McLaren finished the race and without these mechanical failures and pit stop issues it’s fair to say that both Jenson and Lewis would be looking at completely different championship tables.
Alonso did it again, like so many times this season he took a car without the pace to get anywhere near the McLaren or Red Bull and finished on the podium. It has been a remarkable season for him and almost every race he has managed to extend his championship lead over rivals with quicker cars. Alonso seems to have this knowledge that if he just keeps out of trouble his competition will fall around him and it is definitely working at the moment. Realistically in the remaining six races if Alonso can avoid mechanical failures and being taken out by other drivers he will win the championship because I can’t see him making an error. The Ferrari didn’t make the performance step forward that many, including Alonso, were expecting but with him at the wheel the car is capable of finishing in the top five at every race because no-one can seem to get both drivers to have a problem free weekend.
A special mention goes out to Paul Di Resta for a brilliant fourth place which is a career best and Timo Glock for a 12th place which puts Marussia up into 10th in the constructors championship.
Here is how they finished:
- 1st Sebastian Vettel
- 2nd Jenson Button
- 3rd Fernando Alonso
- 4th Paul Di Resta
- 5th Nico Rosberg
- Fastest lap Nico Hulkenberg
So I correctly predicted first and third with the correct team in second but it wasn’t how I expected the race to pan out. I didn’t think Vettel would win unless he took pole position but I guess that was more than likely without mechanical intervention. Paul Di Resta and Rosberg were both surprise packages, although not as surprising as Webber once again having a dismal weekend. Fastest lap is a total stab in the dark as it’s generally just won by someone on a different strategy to the winners having fresh tyres near the end of the race.
I’m not really sure what has happened to Lotus in the last couple of races but they were off the pace again after expecting to bounce back. Kimi is still in the hunt being third in the championship, but they will need to find some performance quickly because he needs to start winning races soon.
Most of the media were writing off Lewis’ chances in the championship after this retirement but he is still in the fastest car on the grid and is definitely the quickest driver to go with it at the moment. He is perfectly capable of winning or at least finishing on the podium in over half of the last six races and that will get him close to Alonso. But it will all depend on the reliability of the McLaren.
The retirements that both Red Bull and McLaren have suffered so far have really hurt each team, and Alonso still only has the one when he was taken out on the first lap in Spa. It is conceivable that the Ferrari will experience at least one mechanical failure this season during the race and that could be all Lewis needs to grab this championship.
The next Grand Prix is in Japan in two weeks so check back before that weekend for my preview.