The Singapore Grand Prix (SingaporeGP) continues to excite Formula One fans each year with drama both on and off the track. From crashes to controversy to even unexpected intruders, the F1 Night Race has it all here at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
While the first 3 practice sessions were business as usual for all teams to get their settings right and for drivers to get a feel of the Marina Bay Street Circuit, one that has about 80% used daily and only 20% built for this occasion, it is also one of the toughest race track in the F1. Not many have claimed victory in Singapore with only Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton claiming the top spot so far.
Yet it was during the qualifying session that the on track drama would kick in with Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at the losing end with his car giving problems that forced him into last position on the starting grid for the race on Sunday. At the opposite end of the grid saw the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team occupy first and third spot with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton respectively while Red Bull Racing was represented with “the nicest guy on the grid”, Daniel Ricciardo.
It didn’t take too long for more track drama to happen with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg crashing into a wall with only twenty metres into the race. Thankfully no major injuries were inflicted and the safety car was deployed, continuing the trend for past races. Yes, the Singapore Grand Prix has a record that the safety car would appear and this year’s Singapore Grand Prix is no different. Any bets for a tenth appearance next year?
The entire 61 laps around the Marina Bay Street Circuit also saw many exciting battles as positions changed throughout the race. But nothing as exciting as past winner Sebastian Vettel who reminded the racing world of his skill on the Singapore track. From starting last on the grid to finishing at a very respectable position of fifth, Vettel earned himself the Driver of the Day award. Would the race have been any different if his car functioned as it should during qualifying? That is a question perhaps both he and his engineers will have to leave unanswered.
Up in the front, it was going to be another exciting battle for the podium with Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen all looking to score a place there. Qualifying results can sometimes give a clue about the finishing result and in this case it was exactly so for top three spots with Nico holding on all the way. While Daniel did close the gap towards the end of the race, it wasn’t enough to overtake the German but the Australian will be happy to add another podium finish to his tally. Lewis on the other hand had to defend again a very persistent Kimi who at times looked to overtake last year’s champion for the final spot.
Overall it was another exciting race which ended in fireworks and a fairy tale 200th for the German. The Singapore Grand Prix has always been a must go for me since the very first one and due to the difficulty of the circuit, you can be sure that drama (on and off the track) will most probably happen. Well if the safety car appearances is anything to judge by, I know for sure that I would be making plans to attend next year’s race!
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