Race Report: Hamilton claims 4th Singapore GP win

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A bad weekend in Belgium meant that Mercedes had a lot of work to do and do it they did. Walking in to Monza, they dislodged Ferrari from a home victory by exposing qualifying errors for the Italian team. This weekend in Singapore, many felt that qualifying and error corrected, Ferrari were still the team to beat on the streets of the Lion City. They were wrong.

Lewis Hamilton once again capitalized on qualifying bobbles from Ferrari but it was his tremendous qualifying effort that placed a large stamp on his 5th championship bid. Strolling into the race with a hefty 30-point lead in the driver’s championship, Lewis claimed victory in Singapore by converting his pole position to a win and stretched his lead to 40 points.

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The win left Ferrari fans downtrodden and questioning the team errors and the time wasted in qualifying and perhaps doubting the red cars still have the power advantage they seemed to have gained with their spec 3 engine in Belgium. Mercedes fans, on the other hand, are elated that the team seem to have bounced back to find the speed they need to claw their way back ahead of Ferrari.

Win

A big win for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes who not only expose and capitalize on Ferrari errors in strategy and qualifying but have managed to innovate their way back to the top. Both Mercedes and Ferrari brought their spec 3 engines in at Spa Francorchamps and it seemed that the red cars had the edge but Mercedes has managed to whittle away at that power advantage and out-developed Ferrari since Belgium.

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Win for Max Verstappen and Red Bull who have secured a podium in Singapore every race this decade. Max’s dodgy engine torque issue was a plague all weekend but the Dutchman managed to drive around the issue, keep the race clean and bring home second place having jumped Ferrari’s Vettel on their pit stop.

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A win for McLaren and Fernando Alonso with a 7th place finish. While Alonso calls it a one-off, the team did manage to get the Spaniard a reliable car on a track that suited it’s lack of power and with his teammate, Vandoorne, down in 12th it sends yet another affirmation that Lando Norris is the right choice for 2019.

A win for both Renault drivers who finished in the points as Force India’s Sergio Perez single-handedly destroyed the pink team’s race. Renault were off the pace from the leaders but still managed a good points haul to put some space between themselves and Haas F1 who were well off the pace in Singapore.

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A win for Sauber with Charles Leclerc in the points with a 9th place finish and Marcus Ericsson in 11th. The team ran Ericsson longer than anyone else and it didn’t quite pay off but Leclerc had a spirited drive and good passes to claim more points for the team.

Fail

A fail for Ferrari who managed to waste time during Q2 in qualifying with a bumbled Ultrasoft compound attempt and then missing pole position by not getting the timing right in order to get heat in their tires. This translated to a 3rd place starting position with Max and Lewis in front of Sebastian Vettel and the weekend only got worse from their as their undercut attempt early was ill advised and neither Seb nor his teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, could make any ground on the field. Mercedes is slapping Ferrari in the face with every single error they make.

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A fail for Force India and Sergio Perez who managed to take his teammate, Esteban Ocon, out of the race on the first lap and then nearly took himself out by hitting Sergey Sirotkin on lap 34 due to red mist. The Mexican’s antics denied the team any chance for points.

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A fail for Haas F1 who just didn’t have the pace in Singapore to keep their fight against Renault alive in the constructor’s championship. A fastest lap record for Kevin Magnussen was the best they could achieve.

A fail for Toro Rosso who just didn’t have the pace all weekend long on a track that exposed the lack of power and the lack of downforce they have.

A fail for Williams F1 who equally were exposed for the lack of chassis performance that did absolutely nothing to flatter the Mercedes power they have.

WTH

A WTH moment for Sergey Sirotkin who went from tidy defending mode to forcing drivers off the track. Sure, Sergio Perez caused his own drama but Sergey forcing Brendon Hartley off track was a poor way of showing your frustration with the car.

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I’m curious with Lewis’s radio message about his Soft compound tires not working well as if they were cold. The team agreed that temps were cold but wear was good. Was the new wheel rim working too well for such a hard compound? The new rims are designed with heat elements to transfer heat from the tire to the wheel.

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The race was ultimately marred by the tire compound degradation rates and the pace was a managed affair with fast laps being set back in 17th place and the mid-field pushing harder than the leaders. It is the very type of processional racing detractors disliked about F1 in the early 2000’s.

Singapore GP results

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 61 1h51m11.611s
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 61 8.961s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 61 39.945s
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 61 51.930s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 61 53.001s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 61 53.982s
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 61 1m43.011s
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 60 1 Lap
9 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 60 1 Lap
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 60 1 Lap
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 60 1 Lap
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 60 1 Lap
13 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 60 1 Lap
14 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 60 1 Lap
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 60 1 Lap
16 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 60 1 Lap
17 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 60 1 Lap
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 59 2 Laps
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 59 2 Laps
Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 0 Collision

Driver’s Championship

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 281
2 Sebastian Vettel 241
3 Kimi Raikkonen 174
4 Valtteri Bottas 171
5 Max Verstappen 148
6 Daniel Ricciardo 126
7 Nico Hulkenberg 53
8 Fernando Alonso 50
9 Kevin Magnussen 49
10 Sergio Perez 46
11 Esteban Ocon 45
12 Carlos Sainz 38
13 Pierre Gasly 28
14 Romain Grosjean 27
15 Charles Leclerc 15
16 Stoffel Vandoorne 8
17 Lance Stroll 6
18 Marcus Ericsson 6
19 Brendon Hartley 2
20 Sergey Sirotkin 1

Constructor’s Championship

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 452
2 Ferrari 415
3 Red Bull/Renault 274
4 Renault 91
5 Haas/Ferrari 76
6 McLaren/Renault 58
7 Force India/Mercedes 32
8 Toro Rosso/Honda 30
9 Sauber/Ferrari 21
10 Williams/Mercedes 7
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Fast Freddy

Wasn’t able to get up in time for the race. Sounds like I didn’t miss much.

subcritical71
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subcritical71

I really dislike the amount of race controlling there is now. I realize it’s done in every series in the world, but F1 seems to go to the extreme. Lewis couldn’t even keep his tires warmed up (in a Mercedes which is known for overheating its tires!). Maybe it’s time to set a minimum lap time for the race and if you do too many laps over the required time you get to tour the garage area for the rest of the race.

Tim C
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Tim C

One word for the race . . . BORING! Simply boring. Aside from the processional nature of the race/track, it was just a boring race.

Fabio
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Fabio

You know it’s a tyre management race when KMag sets the fastest lap.

Chris R
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Chris R

Maybe they should change the rules to 3 tyres per driver per season, to spice up the show and stuff.

I sadly feel like could be done with following this sport, after 30 years of watching…

jtr
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jtr

The American Highway Institute announced a new plan this weekend for promoting safety by reducing speeds. They’ve hired Sergey Sirotkin to drive continuously around the interstate highway system. With the Russian Roadblock clogging up the roads, no one will possibly be able to drive over the speed limit ever again!

jtr
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jtr

Q3 ended up really being a booby prize for the midpack teams. Being forced to start on the hypersoft tires meant having to go in for a very early pitstop and getting hung up behind the backmarkers, more than negating the initial advantage of better grid position. Once you were stuck in the big group behind Sirotkin, who had already gotten his pitstop out of the way, you were basically eliminated from points contention.

Peter Riva
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Peter Riva

I don’t want to give the impression that everybody is wrong, but this was the most beautiful, exciting, fabulous spectacle of the whole year. Oh, and the race itself? Who cares? The sky shots! The Crazy Rich Asians setting! The Video platform for the winner… WOW! Wasn’t that worth the whole race being boring?


No, of course not.

Peter Riva
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Peter Riva

hey everyone get a sense of humor!