Singapore GP review: Vettel awesome again – but does Webber need to go?

Sebastian Vettel cruised to another easy victory at this afternoon’s Singapore Grand Prix, enjoying a drama-free night at the Marina Bay Circuit en route to his ninth race win of the season. He’ll have to hang on at least another two weeks to claim his second world championship, though, after Jenson Button continued his strong form to roll home in second. Mark Webber made up for yet another terrible start (remember, Marko, green = go) to stick it on the final step of the podium, with Fernando Alonso 15 seconds behind him. Lewis Hamilton should be happy with his sixth place finish after a botched move on Felipe Massa saw him lose his front wing and earn himself a drive-through penalty, while Paul Di Resta, Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil, Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez also snatched some points.

So, that massive bottle of champagne goes back on ice for a fortnight. But despite the anti-climax, the Vettel camp can at least rest assured that, with a 124 point lead at the top, a decent weekend at Suzuka will get that second successive title in the bag.

But what about the other Red Bull driver – the guy driving essentially the exact same car as the world championship leader? The guy who’s yet to win a single race this season? The guy who’s finished in a higher position than he’s qualified just four times so far this year? Should Red Bull sack Mark Webber?

Considering both Seb and Marko have got the same benefits at their disposal, we think it’s a fair enough question. Rather than being the deadly partnership they so often looked like last season, right now the two Red Bull drivers are reminiscent of an ’80s TV hotshot cop and his bumbling sidekick – all Marko needs is a moronic catchphrase and a rubbish suit.

We suppose it all boils down to whether or not you buy into the idea that Seb’s some sort of adrenaline-fuelled superhero – that the Red Bull is only just as good as the McLaren and the Ferrari and that, without Vettel, it’d be a much more even season. We’re convinced up to a point – the lad’s clearly been in a class of his own this year.

But in scoring four fastest laps so far in 2011 (more than anyone else), Marko has sort of shot himself in the foot. He’s shown that he knows how to get the best out of that RB7 in terms of raw pace, but, now sitting fourth in the championship, there’s clearly a lot lacking from his game at the moment. He’s established that he’s one of the worst starters on the grid, he’s lost some cheap places to McLarens and Ferraris recently and, aside from that scythe-like performance in China (when he started 18th and finished 3rd), he’s not done a lot in the way of passing.

He’s already confirmed as a Red Bull driver for 2012, but if we were Christian Horner, we’d be taking a panicky look at that contract’s small print…

What’s your view? Has Webber lost it or is he simply paling in comparison to a man who’s at the absolute top of his game?

Here’s how they finished in Singapore:

1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Jenson Button
3. Mark Webber
4. Fernando Alonso
5. Lewis Hamilton
6. Paul Di Resta
7. Nico Rosberg
8. Adrian Sutil
9. Felipe Massa
10. Sergio Perez
11. Pastor Maldonado
12. Sebastien Buemi
13. Rubens Barrichello
14. Kamui Kobayashi
15. Bruno Senna
16. Heikki Kovalainen
17. Vitaly Petrov
18. Jerome d’Ambrosio
19. Daniel Ricciardo
20. Vitantonio Liuzzi
21. Jaime Alguersuari DNF
22. Jarno Trulli DNF
23. Michael Schumacher DNF
24. Timo Glock DNF

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I don’t know if this has already been mentioned, but the incident of Hamilton clipping Massa could have easily been avoided if the Maclaren pit crew got up to speed. I’ve just watched a recording of the Singapore GP, and the pit stop times for Massa and Hamilton on their first stops were 2.9 and 4.0 seconds respectively.
If the Maclaren pit crew had matched Ferrari’s, Hamilton would have exited ahead of Massa and who knows how the race would have panned out.
I’ve noticed that Maclaren pit stops are consistently slower than Red Bull and Ferrari. Why?

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The only people who can answer that are Mclaren themselves and I don’t think they will.

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Totally agree. It is complete greed.

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They aren’t greedy, they just want to bring you your favourite sports at the highest possible price! What could possibly be greedy about that? Oh, wait…

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Latest news!!
Massa told to ‘destroy’ Hamilton’s race
http://en.espnf1.com/ferr ari/motorsport/story/6035 5.html

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TYPICAL LULU LOVERS TRYING TO JUSTIFY LULUS IDIOTIC CRASHING SKILLS BECAUSE OF SMEDLEY TELLING FELIPE TO HOLD HIM UP AND DESTROY HIS RACE.

THEY ALL GET THE SAME TRANSMISSIONS FROM THEIR PIT CREW, BUT OF COURSE YET AGAIN THE LULU LOVERS SAY IT’S RACISM AND PREJUDICE FROM THE DRIVERS AND FANS WHEN THEY CAN’T SEE THE CLEAR FACT THAT LULU HAS BEEN CRAP THIS YEAR.

FORMULA1 AND THE TYPICAL BRITISH MEDIA ARE TRYING TO SPIN THIS SO THE LULU LOVERS HAVE SOMETHING TO MOAN ABOUT BECAUSE OF ONE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN MASSA AND SMEDLEY.

BANN LULU FOR RECKLESS DRIVING AND SILENCE THE LULU LOVERS FOR
ALWAY TALKING RUBBISH ON BLOGS LIKE THIS.

LOL ONE SENTENCE AND THEY CLING ON TO IT FULL FORCE SAYING MASSA DESERVED TO GET A PUNCTURE BECAUSE OF NOT ALLOWING THEIR DARLING LULU PAST.

SUCH A THING CALLED DEFENSIVE DRIVING YOU NEWBIES AS WELL AS AGRESSIVE DRIVING.

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Sure..

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Yeah jimmy “sure” that your stupid link was 4 days late… Since it was on the official website by Friday.

Latest news, lol…

Even north Korea knew about this before you did…

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Awww poor lulu fans. I think it is quite possible that you may have missed your medication. Calm down love, you’re going to give yourself a headache.

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LOL!

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guys Japan is coming

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Thank you formuladude! Now we finally now what everybody or at least most of us want to see. Thank god we have you to tell us. I can only imagine what a hard job it has been to ask everybody on the whole world who is interested in F1 what he or she likes to see and forward this information to us all. Well done!

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Hamilton is going to Lotus Renault 2012!!

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Top five qualifiers for Japan; Vetel, Weber, Button,Hamilton, and Schumacher.

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Sorry;It is Vettel

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why are we all predicting quali on wednesday/thursday.ya allowed to predict that he(vettel) will be on pole,cos thats a certainty.
btw,jmeister,ya spelt webber wrong as well lol

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Sorry about that. Thanks for pointing it out. I was tired.

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thats ok.

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On Red bull No2 would love to see Di Resta in Webbers seat, I rekon the Scot would give Vettel a run for his money,,

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he would as well,he beat in f-whatever it was what?five years ago?at maximum?di resta would take the fight to vettel a lot more than alonso,hamilton,button or webber in fact!!

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Put Senna in the Red Bull, I’m secretly hoping that he keeps the car in the points every race, and make it to Q3 on Saturdays.. It would be truly great if he could do what his Uncle did. :)

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