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

PosDriverCarLapsGap
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes611h51m11.611s
2Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault618.961s
3Sebastian VettelFerrari6139.945s
4Valtteri BottasMercedes6151.930s
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari6153.001s
6Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault6153.982s
7Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Renault611m43.011s
8Carlos SainzRenault601 Lap
9Charles LeclercSauber/Ferrari601 Lap
10Nico HulkenbergRenault601 Lap
11Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari601 Lap
12Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren/Renault601 Lap
13Pierre GaslyToro Rosso/Honda601 Lap
14Lance StrollWilliams/Mercedes601 Lap
15Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari601 Lap
16Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes601 Lap
17Brendon HartleyToro Rosso/Honda601 Lap
18Kevin MagnussenHaas/Ferrari592 Laps
19Sergey SirotkinWilliams/Mercedes592 Laps
Esteban OconForce India/Mercedes0Collision

Driver’s Championship

PosDriverPoints
1Lewis Hamilton281
2Sebastian Vettel241
3Kimi Raikkonen174
4Valtteri Bottas171
5Max Verstappen148
6Daniel Ricciardo126
7Nico Hulkenberg53
8Fernando Alonso50
9Kevin Magnussen49
10Sergio Perez46
11Esteban Ocon45
12Carlos Sainz38
13Pierre Gasly28
14Romain Grosjean27
15Charles Leclerc15
16Stoffel Vandoorne8
17Lance Stroll6
18Marcus Ericsson6
19Brendon Hartley2
20Sergey Sirotkin1

Constructor’s Championship

PosConstructorPoints
1Mercedes452
2Ferrari415
3Red Bull/Renault274
4Renault91
5Haas/Ferrari76
6McLaren/Renault58
7Force India/Mercedes32
8Toro Rosso/Honda30
9Sauber/Ferrari21
10Williams/Mercedes7
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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!