The Singapore GP has produced everything from exciting races to controversial results to boring processional events. What is not in debate is the allure of the location itself, the cars look truly spectacular under the lights and this provides a spectacle that nowhere else in the world can match.
2013 – TJ13 reader score – 5.62
In 2013 Sebastian Vettel was truly dominant at Singapore, taking pole position, leading every lap and taking victory by over thirty seconds from his nearest rival Fernando Alonso. His lead was extending every weekend and his march to his fourth world title started to look inevitable. As a result, the race was not well received in our polls.
2014 – TJ13 reader score – 5.65
Going into the Singapore Grand Prix Nico Rosberg lead the world championship by 22 points from Lewis Hamilton, who was fired up to take up the fight. The pole position was decided by a mere seven thousanths of a second in the Briton’s favour and set up a titanic battle around the narrow streets. Unfortunately the promise of this scrap was neutered immediately as Rosberg’s car failed at the start of the formation lap with a wiring loop fault, sending him back to the pitlane then retirement on lap thirteen. This left Lewis Hamilton to a relatively simple victory, managing to hold both of the charging Bulls behind him.
2015 – TJ13 reader score – 6.56
This year’s contest scored more highly than previous years, most likely because Sebastian Vettel took an emphatic victory and both Mercedes were banished from the podium for only the second time this year. Vettel was sublime all weekend and when he is on that sort of form he is unstoppable. He has brought himself back into contention for the World Championship and who knows, stranger things have happened in F1…
As Marek commented, I thought that Jenson Button’s team radio feed was probably the most entertaining part of the race. If the rumours about his impending retirement are to be believed, maybe he could become a stand-up comedian.
Driver of the day – Max Verstappen (48%)
Young Max had a whale of a time out there this weekend. His qualifying performance to start eighth was an excellent effort, but it was all for nought as his car stalled on the grid, having to be pushed back in to the pitlane to get going again. When he rejoined the track he was a lap down.
This would be enough to put most drivers in a funk for the rest of the evening, but the impetuousness of youth shone through and he set about making up the deficit. Impressive pace and two safety car periods helped him to catch up to the pack, the first from Nico Hulkenberg’s trip into the barriers at the hands of Felipe Massa, the second from yet another ridiculous track invader.
Max once again put in some fantastic overtaking moves and was knocking on the door of the points positions. He was closely followed by his team mate Carlos Sainz who had also had a fairly torrid early part of the race. The two ran eighth and ninth, behind Sergio Perez. The battle started to stagnate and the team, seeing that Sainz behind might be able to challenge Perez, ordered Max to move over, which was not met with resounding support from the Dutchman.
Max: “It was an amazing race, I enjoyed it a lot! After stalling at the start I thought it was over, as I was pushed to the pit-lane and then re-joined the race one lap behind… But I just kept on pushing and to finish P8 is just fantastic! My pace was great and once again I really enjoyed all the overtaking! I don’t think there was any reason for me to give up my position after going from being one lap behind to being back in the points, I think I deserved that P8.”
Carlos: “It was certainly an eventful race! I had a good start, some very good pace at the beginning and the strategy was looking great. Suddenly, during the restart of the race after the first Safety Car, my gearbox went into neutral and I found myself at the back of the field. Then I started to overtake and have a lot of fun, climbing back up to P9, behind Max, who was pushing Perez. After seeing him try to overtake him for 10 laps, I just thought maybe I could try during one lap, and if I hadn’t been able to I would’ve given the position back to Max. I just wanted my chance, but he decided not to give it to me. It’s something we need to talk about as a team, but overall I have to say that I’m very happy to have finished in the points again! Let’s keep on pushing, the next race in Japan is only seven days away!”
I’ll let you decide whether Max was right or not, but I think I can predict your answer from the way the voting went…
As Carlos said, Japan is coming up very shortly, so check out our race preview!