Singapore GP: success

You’ve got to take your hat off to Fernando Alonso for that win. It might’ve had a large amount of luck involved in it but it was certainly good to see him back up there.
And Alonso definitely owes teammate Nelson Piquet a beer for setting off the chain of events that got him up on to the top step.

But what of Ferrari? They totally spooned it today, and it was interesting to see that they got rid of the stupid pit light system on the next time around, replacing it with a regular lollypop. That’ll no doubt stay.

Massa just gave up after his pitstop palaver, and Kimi had another no points race and is now surely out of the championship running.

Nico drove his Williams superbly for second, and Lewis should be happy with his third spot, although he did seem to make more of being stuck behind Coulthard than he needed too.

Saying that, he’s now 7 points ahead of Massa in the championship challenge, and that’s surely all important.

I’m quite confused however why Massa got penalised for being let out of his pit box into the path of another car this time around, when he was let off the last time for a very similar incident.

As I’ve said on here before, the FIA need to clarify their rules and get some consistency into the punishments that they hand out.

Generally though, Singapore to me was a massive success. What do you think?

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It was the FIA’s race director Charlie Whiting that said teams should keep two more laps worth of fuel in their cars.

And by that, he means at all times, so the cars come in with a spare two laps of fuel, rather than when those two laps of fuel have run out.

It’d hurt the lap times obviously, but then you do slower times or you could run out of fuel. You roll the dice…

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Massa was penalised for an “Unsafe Pitstop” — because he made that mechanic fly off with the nozzle still attached. I also thought it was unneccesary since he was 18th anyway. And it wasn’t all Massas fault that sutil crashed, you could see a car ( a red bull i think) pass by massas car just fine – and massa’d already gotten out when sutil crashed. Sutil crashed because he out breaked himself

ps. get out of f1, piquet… ruining ferraris race

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drove round the track before they closed it off to public traffic for final race day preparations and even for a normal car, its a bumpy drive – the drivers must have been getting a 2 hour bashing.
One thing to be said for a street circuit right in the middle of town its a constant 3 day party, from day to night- in the afternoon there was a formula BMW thing going on, an aston martin series, and a leg of the porsche carrera cup run as well – If you like racing fumes and screaming engines reverberating between buildings…its beautiful!!
Great job Alonso!! The Renault guys who set up the car for this tremendously bumpy circuit should be given a raise… the red bulls were bashing their bottoms along raffles boulevard.
It would be great if they banned the front wheel covers for the night race..

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Briatore told Nelson to crash…Alonso got victory…

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It’s obvious, that someone’s unluck is another’s luck. Next time it could be just the way round. What concerns Massa’s fuel hose incident, I would say that Ferrari’s pit light system is just a piece of junk! It’s their own problem, not Piquet’s or anyone else. Ferrari had many pitlane incidents this year, so their teamwork is not working in my opinion and that’s the place where they should start resolve their problems.

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the singapore gp was absolutly amazing the cars have never looked so good and to be able to see the blue flame coming out of the exhaust and to sparks in f1 again is a privalige

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Was having a similar discusion in the office. Isnt the main sponser of Renault ING based somewhere over there? of course it was a lucky win and of course pitting very early in the race just before your team mate has a crash in an awkward place could never have been pre concieved…Well the mind boggles doesnt it? Well done Fernando!! Good luck Lewis

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Interesting visual experience for sure.

But if wasn’t for the accidents (and resulting yellow flags), would it have been any good from a “racing” perspective?

Better than Valencia but still not a whole lot of overtaking.

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interesting race… but harldy due to the track.. imo the track was terrible, harldy any overtaking possibilities, VERY little run off (which will make drivers try less overtaking) and to much meaningless stuff around to try to impress people…
When I’m watching an F1 race I want to see the race and not some fancy looking background or a bridge over the start/finish line with cars driving on it (altough I have to admit it must be one hell of view from there :p)…

As for the winner Alonso… great drive, excelent strategy from Renault, but I just can’t really see it as a real victory. If Nelson didn’t crash, or if Alonso wouldn’t have pitted right before the SC, or if his second pitstop would have taken 0,5secs longer then it would have been a completly different race… ofcourse that are still alot of IF’s… and the fact remains that he did get lucky and that he did cross that line first.. so well done for Alonso :)

Then Hamilton… a bit dissapionted when he stayed stuck behind Couldhard, almost as if he gave in to all the idiots telling him to stop racing and just stay tucked behind the car in front, but I can understand his (or the team’s) decision to play it safe and it certainly paid off, 3th place, and a 7 points lead in the chamionship.. again very well done and it shows that Hamilton can in fact do more then just drive like the devil himself is chasing him around :p

Then Massa… or just Ferrari in general… what a complete messed up race they did… hardly fitting for a team of their standing… First of all there was the pitlane incident… leaving his pit area to soon can’t really be blamed on Massa cause he very clearly was given a green light… what I do blame him for is that he (yet again) nearly rams another car in to the pitwall (you do kow that there are dozens of people there?) People were blaming Hamilton for breaking an elematry raod rule of driving trough a red light… but isn’t looking in your mirrors when coming out of a parking spot an basic rule aswell?

Anyway… the thing I didn’t understand is why on earth the FIA think that it’s less safe to refuel during a closed pits, then to drive with a fuelline stuck on your car while almost ramming other cars into the pittwall? I just couldn’t get my head around this one… for all we know Kubica and Rosberg had no other choice then to refuel (just look what happened to Barrichello)

Seriously the FIA really need to get their priorities straith… and they DEFINITLY need to work on the SC/PIT regulations…

all in all an exciting race, but still far less then the hype would have predicted..

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got to hand it to alonso, not only is he such a sore loser for leaving mclaren, he’s managed to win the grand prix by pot luck, time will tell

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fernando alonso deserved to win f1’s first night race and is a legend because of it.

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can all the races be held at night please?

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can we also have dirt and snow f1 races,just special tyres and more bodywork will do it!

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very good and exciting race the drama wouldnt stop till the end

mad thought time :f1 racetrack in the middle of a lake :p hopefully they all know hot to swim if they go off
PS (cheque’s mine bernie)

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going back to jimmy hibbard comment, it was entirely massas fault that sutil went into the wall. the first car went by fine because massa hadnt cut in front of him. sutil had two choices. destroy both his and massas car, or just his car by going into the wall.

the FIA really needs to sort out this crazy SC period. at the moment its terrible. alonso can win all remaining races if he just uses the same short first stop strategy and tell nelson to smash into the wall. it should work everytime. i dont understand why they dont just line the cars up behind the safety car in the order that they are currently in. if they choose to pit, they need to do it before the safety car passes them or else theyre a lap behind. but then again, its probably not that simple haha im sure there are a million situations that would prove this to be insufficient.

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fantastic day for fernando. well deserved win. if some say that it was pure luck when what would they about his luck on saturday?

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Erm, did no one else notice all the overtaking that took place at turns 1 and 7?

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nice! i’m gonna make my own blog

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