Singapore GP: quali

So far, so good. In fact, very good. Singapore’s success story continues with a brilliant qualifying before what looked like a packed house. And they saw a mesmeric performance from Felipe Massa, almost out of the blue.

Okay, six-tenths of a second suggests the Ferrari driver is running light but, even if he is, it was a brilliant lap, seemingly effortless compared to his rivals. To do all 23 corners with perfection (Massa’s words) is an achievement on a par with pole at Monaco (which, of course, Massa nicked from under everyone’s nose with another brilliant lap). You could argue that it’s actually more difficult here because this track is longer and faster with the barriers and walls just as close.

One thing sure is that the 61-lap race will have plenty of incidents. It will be all about maintaining concentration while dealing with the bumps which will throw you off line as quick as look at you. The pounding taken by the drivers’ bodies will be exacerbated by the heat and humidity, arguably making this one of the most physically demanding races of the season.

Preparation will be everything. It’s going to suddenly seem worthwhile following the European time regime while living within a community operating seven hours ahead of Europe. It meant, for instance, that Massa found himself walking the track at 3am last night with Rubens Barrichello before going to bed at 5am.

Difficult for journalists, too, finding a bar still open at 5am while trying not to drink too much. It’s a tough life y’know. No wonder we think Singapore is a welcome addition.

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I am from Singapore, I think that race is absolutely stunning and i am very proud that Singapore is able to host such an event

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I wish it was LeMan style night driving. Imagine the Ferrari or Mclaren with aerodynamic front LED carbon fiber lights.

Next they should have a 24-hour indurance race with every two teams driving one car.

As for the single engine plan. I think it should be a five different manufacturers, each one supporting four teams with identical engines and development program so Ferrari would field its own team, Torro Rosso, Red Bull and Williams. All of them would have an identical engine to the works team.

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@ the game:

Maybe that would be an good idea, but I don`t think that Bernie wants to do that. Such an idea is very hard to regulate.
Youre opinion is a bit strange that it would be 5 different manufacturers. Are crazy about Le-Mans or F1?

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Gotta give Massa credit: a pefect lap. Prost like in its smoothness.
Hamilton’s was as rough as anything, it reminded me of Mansell when he would push his car beyond the limit; exciting to watch but not as fast.

Not sure if Massa is light on fuel, maybe Hamilton is heavy?

Could be a big crash today either at 1st corner or pit lane entry (stupid design).

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Loved the Quali I was actually excited when Massa Steamed round the last few bends and was Stunned when he got Pole by 6 Tenths, But I do think it was partly down to Fuel and Excellent Driving I reckon 2 Laps shorter than Hamilton… Should be Interesting…

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Hamilton will win it, he has the right asttitude and he knows he needs it, he will get over what happened in spa, and go on to take the championship – Lewis is legend.

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Hamilton had a great debut season (barring the last 2 races), but I don’t think he’s made any improvement this year. Kubica, Massa & Vettel have improved.
The title race should have been between Kimi & Lewis but neither has respected the ability of the other drivers. If one of them knuckles down next year the title will be theirs, but I think Massa will be 2008 champion.

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By the way, I’m British.
Which means I’m an incredibly biased & blinkered Lewis fan who moans all the time.

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what do u think of singapore hosting the night race???

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WHAT? NO LEWIS IN THIS ARTICLE?!?! Thats a first, nice to read something without “Golden Boy” getting mention.

Great qualifying. Great track!!! Really enjoyed it & I’m glad Massa is on pole. I’m routing for Massa to win the championship, would’ve preferred Kimi to win again this year, ah well, never know what might happen. Lewis?……Meeeh, Not a fan of him, (Eve though I’m British) too cocky for his own good, he’s not good enough to be cocky!

I’d like to see Vettel come through & torment the front runners.

Massa for the win, Kimi second. =D

And Lewis? Watch out for that Chicane, theres some nasty little bumps on there, don’t wanna cut any & land in the wall now do you? >=D

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Night races in the Far East are better for Europeans but don’t suit the Americas, which is a shame for Massa fans. F1 is global though: someone somewhere will be sleeping no matter what time you race.
It looks spectacular, but for me a race with plenty of overtaking is more of a spectacle.

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Massa wins, and Kimi teases hamilton by reaching 2nd place on podium. Massa will be chamionship leader, but by how many points, its up to Kimi

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Why is massa last??? PMWL!!! XD

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Traffic lights!

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Toro Rosso last race,
Renault this race,
FORCE INDIA NEXT RACE!!!

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how ironic that the italians done the electrical part, the flood lights!!!

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Singapore has beautiful women.

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so sad that one of the car crashed

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Surprisingly, my comments get deleted everytime..

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First of all, Lewis is an exceptional driver, he has stuff to learn and improve on but he is still one of the best out there currently, and you think Lewis is arrogant, Massa is a right schmuck when it comes to it, I do not like Massa and he is not on the same level as Hamilton, sorry, its true, he is too inconsistent, can not drive in the rain, shall I continue with his faults.

And this year Kimi must be drinking too much the night before, he seems really hung over these days.

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kimi will smash ur face in 4 fun

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heheheheheheheheheheheheh ehehehehe

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gillete the best a man can get

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