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.
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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