Singapore: hand of fate

A laser message projected onto the pit buildings says: ‘First F1 Night Race. Thank you for being a part of history.’

History indeed, but F1 people should be thanking the Singapore organisers for a simply superb job. And, just to round off an exceptional weekend, we had an exceptional race.

It may be true that the race came alive because of a crash and the subsequent safety car laps but that is the nature of a track such as this. The whole thing was turned on its head when Nelson Piquet crashed on lap 14 and, by a bizarre coincidence, handed the race to his team-mate. Had this not happened, Fernando Alonso would have finished about 10th or 12th.

In fact, the seeds of his first win since Monza last year (and the first for Renault since Japan 2006) can be traced back to a fuel feed problem which relegated a very unhappy Alonso to 15th on the grid. That led to an adventurous nothing-to-lose strategy of running light at the start, fitting soft tyres and making up as many places as possible.

Which is what Alonso did as he moved to 12th and was then perfectly poised after his early stop to move to the front as the order sorted itself out.  Alonso then put his mark on this race with some blistering laps when the safety car, which had been called out for a second time after a crash for Kimi Raikkonen, was called in. Luck may have come his way but the twice world champion was going to make the most of it.

In the meantime, here’s some questions for you to consider:

Alonso overtook at least one car by cutting inside at the first corner on the first lap and there was no penalty (possibly because the stewards didn’t think he could possibly be in the reckoning?).

Why did the stewards take so long (10 laps) to issue Rosberg with his stop-go penalty, during which time the Williams driver built up an incredible lead of 20 seconds while the one-stopping Trulli and Fisichella held everyone else up? (Part of the answer is the stewards were focusing on what to do about Massa’s unsafe release instead of dealing with Rosberg’s – and Kubica’s – clear-cut penalty after they’d had no alternative but to stop for fuel when the pit lane was closed.)

Why, as Jamie rightly asks in his blog, did Massa receive a drive-through this time and yet the team got away a financial penalty in Valencia?

According to another team member, Ferrari contravened the rules by having personnel (one of whom was the team’s chauffeur!) not dressed in flame-proof gear remove the hose from Massa’s car at the end of the pit lane.

Answers on a post card to the FIA, Place de la Concorde. Paris.

Oh, and when are Ferrari going to get rid of that system of lights during a pit stop? The final irony here is that they actually switched off the sensors because it was too complicated to quickly re-set the system while two cars were stacked up in the pits. So they relied on a human to operate the lights – and he got over-excited and threw away what should have been a certain podium for Massa.

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Well being a great fun of your show and a fanatic fan of F1 and especialy Ferrari f1 i would like to comment on what i actually saw on sunday’s race. First of all i realised that Raikonen will always be the talent that stayed a talent. Second, i realised that i was right when i’ve been saying that Massa might not be very steady as a driver and that he isn’t a “fighter” like Hamilton but he has what it takes to take the pole and and from then on the race. Unfortunately this year Ferrari team is a group of useless men that the only thing that they do right, is to move the cars from circuit to circuit. It might sounds a bit exaggerative but it is a fact. The less that someone thinks when listens to the word Ferrari is “Everything is in ORDER” and this team can’t defend this title.

Now as for the race result i believe that it wasn’t unfare but fare either. If this ridiculous “light system” had worked right, the Ferrari team would have propably had at least 1 of it’s cars placed between 1st-8th position. However Alonso the well known LUCKY guy of F1 did what he had to do. Totaly nothing!He managed to win with a car which the last few years is just a complex of metal and fuel, and ofcourse using some of his great talent! That’s my opinion for this race and even u like it or not it can’t change!

P.S. SORY FOR MY HORRIBLE ENGLISH BUT I’M GREEK…I love your show, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

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Singapore was indeed a great race to watch. Set the events aside and I bet no one expected Alonso to win. With Renault’s current performance I guess its safe to say that, its good to see another of the little guys win a race. Ferrari should consider low-tech pit stops if they’re to win any of the championships. Great drive from Rosberg as well, this guy belongs in a front running team.

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Someone here said something about Massa just waiting for the green light and then taking off, so it isn’t his fault…

Could you explain to me then why Couldhard did pay attention? and didn’t make the same mistake?

Well I’m not trying to blame Massa for leaving the pits with a feulline still in (I’m just glad those things shut off immeaditly when something goes wrong), it was clearly a fault from the team… him pushing Sutil into the pitwall however is less forgiving.. I don’t know if there is any, but there should be a rule that states that a car driving in the pitlane has priority over a car that is exiting it’s pitbox…
one word of advice to massa though, your car is equiped with mirrors.. please use them to check for fuelines and other cars next time ;)

and LOL anyone else noticed that Ferrari seems to be having a grudge against Sutil? :p this is like the 4th time already that they tried to take him out :p
Sutil must have done something very wrong to get such treatment :D

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Its about time that berni gets rid of the ridiculous refueling!! does somebody need to be seriously hurt that he get rid of it??
This is Formula1 and not Indycar get rid of it pronto

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i have to question if some of you guys have really watched the race.. the race would of been even better if Piquet didn’t crash. it would of been a all out battle between kimi and Hamilton, few laps into kimi started lapping -.4 seconds faster than hamilton! just before the crash kimi was about a turn away from being on hamilton’s rear, another kimi vs hamilton fight would of been much more interesting then some messy pit stops and unfair position grabbing..

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I’m not sure alonso was happy with that win, due to the circumstances. The only reason y he won is because his team mate mucked up. Without that crash hamilton had it in the bag… jus bad luck for him i spose. Still gratz to alonso for winning the 1st nigth race.

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Great event shame about the stupid pit rules, think these rules are the only way they can break up the same cars winning every race. Like I always say if you want to see racing watch Rossi otherwise for a great spectical and much political rule wrangling and drivers that clearly dislike one and other (Alonso/Hamiltpon)watch F1, let’s face it unless your driver in winning its boring…

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Singapore has been a great sucess. Its nice to see Alomso can still win a race in what is a mid grid car at best. I honestly think ferrari will scrap that light system before Fuji. They threw away 2 podium positions at best. Massa seemed on form to win the race but Raikkonen is so unconsistant all the time. He is now 4 races without a point. I mean how long will ferrari keep him over a ferrari bound alonso. Come next season one of ferraris drivers will be let go to make room for Alonso.

I also want to comment Fragg el rock who said that the teams budget has an affect on the race result….Toyota £500 million a year their last podium was germany 06… were williams with a budget of 150million finished 2nd.

It would be nice to see some european night races. I think bernie believes all races must start at lunchtime in europe no matter what country the race is held

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Ferrari said today that the penalty was in order since Massa took an advantage over Sutil, unlike last time when he made way. I have to agree.
Nice to see Alonso back up there again, even if it’s a fluke. Same goes for Rosberg. Nice lights also. Shame about Raik. But I have to concede, I still fell asleep. Quite literally.

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No James Allen?
That makes me proud to be British!

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I honestly don’t see why people called this race a success… it was completely boring until all the crazyness caused by piquet. The only overtaking done was people passing heavilly fueled cars (not counting massa and kubica near the end).

Publicity stunts like this shouldn’t be praised. I would rather not have stupid tracks like this in the season, they are just dull. Monaco is the dullest track of them all, unless its raining or theres a huge pile-up. The only reason people think its great, is because its where the rich and famous group up. It takes skill to race there yes, but isnt there more skill involved with passing someone?

There needs to be more tracks like Spa, absolutely brilliant track. But allas, we end up watching trains going round a track, anyone want to go train spotting?

If you want to watch racing, don’t watch Rossi, only Stoner can touch him, watch the 250’s, good old Simonchelli, Bausista and Barbera bashing eachother off the track, much more entertaining.

F1 tracks need to be wider i think, and far more constructed to aid the drivers in making passes… but its more about money, not enjoyment for the viewer :(

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SCREW THE LIGHTS FERRARI!!!!!!!
me being the kind of person who does not like hamilton and who thought his penalty was fair i now have changed my mind. These FIA people are killing my motorsport and although i will keep watching enough is enough!!! They need to effing wake up and be fair cause i dont want massa or any other driver to win unfairly and take away from that driver’s tremendous accomplishment.

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And one more thing, where are the race queens? It’s not sunny but still, race queens!

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Quazar I 100% agree with you. Everybody were saying: Oh a night race – awesome! This is going to be like nothing else – yeah right! They’ve put the word entertainment of first position from “sport entertainment” it became ENTERTAINMENT SPORT… What I want to see is this, and I think I am right in saying that everybody wants it http://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=kl2tIFxSEGA Now thats sport entertainment.

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What a great spectacle and race that was. Strange though not to Max the Spanker anywhere, he must have been breaking the law hoping to get his bum thrashed again.

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is this maurice hamilton (the author of the above article) have any relation to lewis? if so he should be fired instantly and replaced by charlie cox.

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Bravo for Alonso
But what we have here is
Hamilton get back the he used to have from Spa and now we can resume the championship. I still love the Ferrari and the potencial of Massa but he need more desire to see that cup in hes hands.
Kimi soow late and Hamilton is in the right direction and waiting fro he’s destiny.

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HE! HE! HE! MORE INCONSISTENCIES IN DECISION-MAKINGS, MORE LUCK FOR SOME UNEXPECTED PEOPLE WINNING, MORE STUPIDITIES GOING ON DURING THE RACES, MORE BIASED COMMENTS POSTED HERE AND IN OTHER BLOGS,POETIC JUSTICE AND BAD KARMA GOING AGAINST SOME PEOPLE!!! ALL THESE ADD MORE ENTERTAINMENT TO THE F1 COMEDY!!!

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i live in sg snd visited the worlds 1st night race. it sucked. massa and kimi were owning hamilton until the stupid pit stop thing. but alonso deserved to win.

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