Formula Racing

Singapore Grand Prix – Race Review

Vettel Thumps Competition, Wins Singapore GP
By Armaan Ebrahim


I know that I've been saying this often but the fact is Sebastian Vettel was again in a league of his own and made the rest of the pack look like they were in a different category. The only time he genuinely lost the lead was at the start when Nico Rosberg got off the line better. But that didn't last long at all and once Vettel got his Red Bull past the Mercedes, he put the hammer down opening up a gap of six seconds in as many laps.

What made this win more satisfying for the German and his team was that they were able to make their tyres last longer than the rest. Even after a safety car, he managed to open a gap of thirty three seconds which to me is complete domination.

The best of the rest was once again Fernando Alonso who dragged his Ferrari from 7th to 2nd in car that was only the fourth fastest on track. After getting another blinder of a start he made a superb move by going around the outside into turn one and that put him in third straight away. His second place was in doubt after a pit stop where he came out behind Paul Di Resta in a Sahara Force India that hadn’t stopped yet. This took him about six laps to get passed and then a brilliant move again around the outside of the struggling Mclaren of Jenson Button to seal his Runners up spot.

Kimi Raikkonen came in third for Lotus after starting way down in thirteenth and fighting a trapped nerve in his back. The Finn drove a solid aggressive race making a welcome return to the podium. This weekend Lotus ran the long wheel base car and it seemed to work well in both qualifying and the race.

The Mercedes duo Finished fourth and fifth in the form of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. They benefited from Mark Webbers last lap retirement. Filipe Massa brought the second Ferrari home in sixth after making three pit stops. Finally rounding up the top ten were Jenson Button, Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg who were all struggling on work out tyres and finally Adrian Sutil who rushed to tenth after a third pit stop!

Sahara Force India day yet another to forget. Paul Di Resta was looking strong and would have scored some valuable points but ended up in the wall and Adrian Sutil had a make an additional third stop after which he managed to salvage one point. Even though the team have said it has stopped development on the current car to focus on 2014, I'm sure they will bounce back in the rounds to come.

Rounding up the top ten were Romain Grosjean, who just didn’t have the pace in his Lotus, followed by Adrian Sutil in the sole Force India, and Daniel Riccardo picking the last point after a late move on Sergio Perez.

Next up the Korean GP. Can anyone stop Sebastian Vettel!!

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