The Pit Wall – Singapore

The-Pit-WallSingapore GP Hello everyone! I don’t know about you, but yesterday’s race was arguably one of the most uneventful races of the season so far. When Martin Brundle said that the race was exciting in the post race interviews with the drivers I wondered if we were watching the same race. Yawn. For the last few races I’ve really been left with a ‘meh’ feeling – something’s not what it used to be and I can’t place my finger on it. That aside, there were a few highlights that stood out yesterday in Singapore.

Firstly, congratulations to Sebastian Vettel who, after almost being overtaken by Rosberg at the start, dominated the rest of the race. It’s hard to believe this 26 year old has only been racing in F1 for 6 years. To me personally he is brilliant, and the constant booing we are hearing on the podium now is uncalled for in my opinion. But some fans will always dislike a driver who dominates, showing how fickle most can be.

 

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Another driver who keeps delivering is Fernando Alonso. With an incredible start seeing him jumping from 7th place all the way up to 3rd, followed by a great strategy move, the Spaniard was able to clinch 2nd place at the checkered flag. For me him and Vettel were the drivers of the day, both had flawless performances.

There was some minor ‘actual racing’ taking place towards the closing stages of the Grand Prix, with a great scrap for 8, 9 and 10th place being fought out. Unfortunately Mark Webber’s car lost power on the last lap, which saw his engine ignite, forcing Mark to park his car. The bad luck didn’t end there for Mark, who was handed a 10 place grid penalty by the stewards for the next race in Korea for catching a lift with Fernando. A bit harsh if you ask me, but the steward’s decisions are final.

With Seb now 60 points ahead of his championship rival, Fernando Alonso, it seems like the German is on his way to clinching his fourth consecutive title.

See you bright and early on 6 October for the Koren GP!

Result

01 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:59:13.132

02 Fernando Alonso Ferrari +32.6

03 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus +43.9

04 Nico Rosberg Mercedes +51.1

05 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +53.1

06 Felipe Massa Ferrari +63.8

07 Jenson Button McLaren +83.3

08 Sergio Perez McLaren +83.8

09 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber +84.2

10 Adrian Sutil Force India +84.6

11 Pastor Maldonado Williams +88.4

12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber +97.8

13 Valtteri Bottas Williams +
105.161

14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso +
113.512

15 Giedo van der Garde Caterham +1 lap

16 Max Chilton Marussia +1 lap

17 Jules Bianchi Marussia +1 lap

18 Charles Pic Caterham +1 lap

19 Mark Webber Red Bull +1 lap

20 Paul di Resta Force India +7 laps

R Romain Grosjean Lotus +24 laps

R Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso +38 laps

Driver’s Championship – Top 5

1 Sebastian Vettel 247 points

2 Fernando Alonso 187 points

3 Lewis Hamilton 151 points

4 Kimi Raikkonen 149 points

5 Mark Webber 130 points

Constructor’s Championship –Top 5

1 Red Bull 377 points

2 Ferrari 274 points 3 Mercedes 267 points

4 Lotus 206 points

5 McLaren 76 points

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