Formula Racing

Singapore GP Race Review

It is not only the glittering lights lightening the night skies that differentiates the Singapore GP race from the other races, but also the trying conditions of the track that has 23 corners which makes this race all the more challenging. No wonder that this race with 61 laps is extremely hard on the gearboxes of the racing cars and this special circuit is up there with Monaco in terms of its aura and its grueling nature.

The 2012 edition of the Singapore Grand Prix could easily be divided into two segments. For the first 22 laps of the race other than a far and few position changes in between, the racing cars were more or less racing in the positions of their starting line-up. The pole position holder Mclarens’ Lewis Hamilton was in total control of the race when suddenly his car had a mechanical failure and a few laps later, HRT’s Karthikeyan skidded into the side wall. The race wasn’t the same again as safety car was deployed for 5 laps and lot of action took place ever since. The safety car was deployed again after the Schumacher-Vergne crash, thereby leading to end the race 2 laps short after crossing the stipulated 2 hours mark.

With safety cars deployed twice during the course of the race, Sebastian Vettel who had a consistent run since the start managed to grab the top of the podium ahead of Jenson Button who had started fourth on the grip. Despite an average qualifying at the fifth position on the starting grid, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso would be pleased to have made it to the podium and among the points to solidify his lead over the rest in the overall standings.

Force India’s Paul Di Resta who had a good qualifying session and started 6th on the grid finished with a career best 4th position to gain the best ever 12 points for its constructor. Meanwhile, his team mate in the other Force India had a few hiccups during the course of the race and managed to finish 14th in this night race.

The standings for the race are as follows:

Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing): Having just won 1 race this year back in April at the Bahrain GP, Vettel had a good start to the race where he managed to overtake Pastor Maldonando’s Williams on the 2nd turn to take the 2nd spot in the opening lap of the game. He was consistent throughout the race that he won last year as well and with the win he has moved to the 2nd spot in the overall championship table.

Jenson Button (McLarens): Starting 3rd on the grid, Button had a flawless race wherein he made a good use of the tough conditions and kept on driving with good pace and handled his car superbly to finish second on the podium.

Fernando Alonso (Ferrari): Alonso looked slow to start off the grids and initially his car didn’t look quick enough but post his first pit stop at the 12th lap he moved on to super soft tyres and drove with great aggression to wade-off Maldonando in the middle of the race and take the final spot on the podium.

Paul Di Resta (Force India): Di Resta had his career best finish of 4th position at the Singapore GP. Taking full advantage of the good qualifying session, Di Resta drove the Mercedes powered Force India with utmost control and great consistency.

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes): Rosberg had a very good race as he managed to finish 5 places up from where he started on the qualifying grid. Slowly gaining places and with a good pit stop timing he finished the race 35 seconds behind the leader. He also managed to set the fastest lap of the race at 1:27:239.

Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus): Another big winner of the race was the Finnish driver who started 12th on the grid and was battling it out with Schumacher for the 10th slot in the early part of the race. However with a great panache this former champion overtook his team mate in the 48th lap and managed to finish a place ahead of him.

Sebastian Grosjean (Lotus): Coming back from a one-race suspension for his crash at the Belgian GP, Grosjean and his Lotus had a decent race and finished just behind his team mate at Singapore.

Felipe Massa (Ferrari): Adding to the woes of poor qualifying, Massa had a disastrous start to the Singapore GP when his tyre had a puncture at the very start of the race and he was forced to pit-in after the 1st lap. However, soon he set the fastest lap then and overtook the slow cars to gain substantial places. The real caliber of Massa’s driving was witnessed in the 43rd lap when he was pressed against the wall by Senna and he despite the contact he managed to handle his Ferrari superbly and soon overtook Ricciardo ahead of him to finish 8th.

Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso): Starting 15th on the starting grid, Ricciardo drove well throughout the race and had a long time battle with Hulkenberg on the track which he eventually won and finished among the points.

Sergio Perez (Sauber): Perez had a good start to the race but was soon struggling to keep up the pace. However, after the safety car had been deployed post the Karthikeyan accident, he took the advantage of the pit-stop and soon battling for 11th slot with Hulkenberg, Kobayashi and Webber. Having finished 11th, Perez earned a point due to the penalty slapped on Webber post the race.

Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing): Webber had an initial contact with Grosjean’s Lotus but no damage was done. Soon he was in the top 6 positions and entered the pit lane in the 29th lap. However, he lost out due to the safety car deployment and was also slapped with a penalty of 20 seconds post the race for overtaking off the track taking him out of the points from P10 to P11.

Timo Glock (Marussia): Starting on the soft tyres from the 20th place on the grid Glock would be happy with a 12th finish in the trying conditions of the Singapore GP.

Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber): Starting 17th on the grid Kobayashi had a good 4-car battle with Webber, Perez and Hulkenberg for the 11th place. However, a collision with Hulkenberg damaged the front wing of his Sauber and thus he had to make an entry late into the pit lane thereby finishing 13th.

Nico Hulkenberg (Force India): Hulkenberg started off on the soft tyres for the race and took a gamble of late pit stop in the 19th lap. However, it didn’t pay off well and a late collision with Kobayashi that punctured his rear tyre in the 48th lap of the race crushed all the hopes of him finishing in the points tally.

Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham): Kovalainen has been performing consistently at the second half of the championship table and the Singapore GP re-iterated the fact wherein he finished a good 4 places ahead of his team mate.

Charles Pic (Marussia): Pic started a grid place behind his team mate in the other Marussia in the 21st position. However, Pic had 20s added to race time for passing under red in FP3.

Pedro De la Rosa (HRT): De la Rosa had dropped five grid spots for unscheduled gearbox changes post the qualifying. He would be content to have finished the race unlike his teammate Karthikeyan in the other HRT.

Bruno Senna (Williams): Like De la Rosa, Senna too had to face a 5 places penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change that saw him start the race at the 22nd place on the grid. Senna did challenge a few of the racing drivers but struggled in most part of the race.

Vitaly Petrov (Caterham): Having suffered the front wing damage in the first lap itself due to brushing aside with the circuit wall, Petrov struggled through the race and some front wheel jamming in the pits didn’t help his cause. He finished a good 2 lap behinds the race leader.

Jean Eric-Vergne (Toro Rosso): Vergne’s car was struck from behind by Schumacher’s Mercedes in the 38th lap of the race that ended his race. DNF Michael Schumacher (Mercedes): Schumacher was fending off challenges from Raikkonen and other drivers who were pushing hard for gaining the 10th spot. However, just after the safety car was removed in the 38th lap, his car faced brake problems as he rammed his car into the rear of Vergne’s Toro Rosso. Fortunately, no damage was done and the safety car had to be deployed again.

Pastor Maldonado (Williams): Maldonado would have hoped to capitalize on the superb qualifying session that saw him on the 2nd spot on the grid. However, a good start by Vettel and Button had him at the 4th place for the earlier part of the race. He raced extremely aggressively to stay away from Alonso’s challenge in the middle of the race. But, hydraulics failure marred his race and he had to retire in the 36th lap.

Narain Karthikeyan (HRT): Even though he was struggling with his car from the very start, Karthikeyan had done well to be among the top 20 racers till he lost the control of his car in the lap 30 of the race which was due to braking problem of his HRT.

Lewis Hamilton (McLaren): Everything looked under control for this McLarens driver who was poised for yet another 1P start-stop finish. However, while leading the race for the first 22 laps, suddenly the car saw a mechanical failure that dented his chances for the Championship Title as Vettel and Raikkonen have now managed to overtake him.

After yet another savoring Singapore GP that saw the race end a couple of laps short, the eyes have turned to Japan where we expect yet another scintillating race in one of the most unpredictable racing calendar.

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes