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2012 Singapore Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: The way this season has gone, we wouldn't count anybody out. However, it appears to be a two horse race for the title down the stretch.

EVENT: Glad to see Singapore will be around for another five years.

QUALIFYING: Hamilton stomps the field as Maldonado shows form again while Massa flounders.

RACE: A typical street race -- a bullfight with no passing.

TRACK: A huge lit up no passing zone.

START: Maldonado losses his front row advantage, di Resta couldn't hold off Alonso after the initial pass, and a disaster is nearly repeated.

VETTEL: Pacing or not, Sebastian got a huge favor when the fastest car faltered.

WEBBER: Weak.

RED BULL: Finding themselves in the same point accumulation position as Ferrari.

BUTTON: Followed up his Monza win with another strong performance.

HAMILTON: Was his "stoic" reaction really due to the fact he knows he is gone next year?

MCLAREN: Apparently, they knew there was going to be gearbox issues before the race started. One has the feeling this team would not have this sort of season if Ron Dennis were at the helm.

ALONSO: Fernando has become smart enough and shrewd enough to accumulate points when he can to cruise to a championship. An average third place finish in the last six races all but seals it.

MASSA: Super aggressive passing, great car control, and a drive through the field to eighth place. That's the sort of attributes Ferrari looks for when hiring a driver...

FERRARI: Can they continue to give Alonso just enough to give him the championship?

DI RESTA: With all the focus on the championship contenders, Paul may have had the best drive of the race.

ROSBERG: A quiet sixth.

SCHUMACHER: Just when it appeared the old Michael was back, he becomes a rookie with eyesight problems.

GROSJEAN: Recovered from his suspension for a solid finish.

KOBAYASHI: Didn't show up all weekend.

MALDONADO: Deserved better.

VERGNE: Mature beyond his years. Most would have wanted to punch Schumacher out.

SENNA: You take away Bruno's money, you take away Bruno's ride.

KARTHIKEYAN: Try parking like that in New York City.

PACE LAPS: Formula 1 needs to take lessons from Americans on how to properly behave behind a safety car.

WATKINS: The sport lost a great one. Thank you, Sid.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Lights.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Countless -- The number of driver's lives Dr. Sid Watkins saved through his work.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Sebastian Vettel on Sid Watkins, "I'd like to dedicate it to one very special man, Mr Sid Watkins. He will be remembered for sure. I think he's one of the biggest reasons why we can go out on a circuit like this, enjoy ourselves, and be reasonably safe. He pushed the boundaries in terms of safety for all of us, so a big thank you."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Mark Webber on the difficulties of setting up a modern day F1 car, "They make a female look low maintenance these days, mate."

SCHEDULE: The Oriental Express continues. Off to Japan.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Vettel 59
2. Button 59
3. Alonso 59
4. di Resta 59
5. Rosberg 59
6. Raikkonen 59
7. Grosjean 59
8. Massa 59
9. Ricciardo 59
10. Perez 59
11. Webber 59
12. Glock 59
13. Kobayashi 59
14. Hulkenberg 59
15. Kovalainen 59
16. Pic(R) 59
17. de la Rosa 58
18. Senna 57
19. Petrov 57
R Vergne(R) 38
R Schumacher 38
R Maldonado 36
R Karthikeyan 30
R Hamilton 22

Time of Race
2:00:26.144

Margin of Victory
8.959 sec.

Safety Car
2 for 9 laps

Lead Changes
3 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button

Fastest Race Lap
Nico Hulkenberg

Pole Position
Lewis Hamilton

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Alonso 194
2. Vettel 165
3. Raikkonen 149
4. Hamilton 142
5. Webber 132
6. Button 119
7. Rosberg 93
8. Grosjean 82
9. Perez 66
10. Massa 51
11. di Resta 44
12. Schumacher 43
13. Kobayashi 35
14. Hulkenberg 31
15. Maldonado 29
16. Senna 25
17. Vergne(R) 8
18. Ricciardo 6

  Team Pts.
1. Red Bull 297
2. McLaren 261
3. Ferrari 245
4. Lotus 231
5. Mercedes 136
6. Sauber 101
7. Force India 75
8. Williams 54
9. Toro Rosso 14
 
 

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