2013 Singapore Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: A lot of silly season was answered since Italy. Which of course in F1 means silly season gets ramped up even more...
EVENT: If you measure sponsor parties and bigwig wining and dining, Singapore has now surpassed Monaco as the money and glamour event.
QUALIFYING: Vettel relies on just one flying lap, Rosberg couldn't quite snatch it, Ricciardo shines again, and Raikkonen suffers through back pain.
RACE: The end of the race behind the leaders saved us from the boredom of most of the race.
TRACK: Well, the Singapore Sling is gone...
START: A thrilling first lap, Rosberg's fantastic start turns out to be too fantastic, Alonso is like Usain Bolt, and Hamilton and Massa duke it out.
VETTEL: 6.2 second lead after four laps. Nine laps after the restart, he led by over 20 seconds. Sebastian is truly one of the fastest ever on a clear track in race conditions.
WEBBER: Why does Mark's car always have problems? Well, at least he added -- literally -- to the post-race fireworks show.
RED BULL: It really is true -- they give you wings.
ALONSO: It's a broken record -- got the most out of the inferior Ferrari, but continued to lose (the minimal amount of) ground.
MASSA: Lotus? Sauber? Indy cars? DTM? Brazilian stock cars? Big Wheels?
FERRARI: They got what they wanted for 2014. For better or worse.
RAIKKONEN: Once again Kimi pulls off an impossible move around the outside.
GROSJEAN: A great weekend spoiled.
LOTUS: If you don't pay your employees, they won't stick around. It's really simple.
ROSBERG: How in the world did Mercedes screw up Nico's race so badly. He had a guaranteed podium spot.
HAMILTON: Could have gotten his teammate, but this time Lewis held back.
MERCEDES: So far, the tire changes have been a detriment to the Silver Arrows, despite Red Bull's whining.
BUTTON: A fine race ... considering the car Jenson is saddled with.
PEREZ: Suddenly, McLaren is hinting Sergio's seat is not safe for next year?
MCLAREN: Build a winning car, and you can woo the top drivers.
RICCIARDO: Daniel's weekend started out great, ended lousy.
DI RESTA: Paul probably thinks "luck" starts with an "F".
STEWARDS: Out to lunch. Again. Totally, totally out to lunch.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Crushing.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 6 -- The number of years the Singapore GP has taken place and the number of years the Safety Car has been deployed.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Before it's World Championship status when the Singapore GP was a Formula Libre race, there was a driver who won it three times in a row. Kiwi Graeme Lawrence won on the Thomson Road Circuit from 1969 to 1971 in three different cars -- McLaren-Ford, Ferrari, and Brabham-Ford, respectively.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Felipe Massa apparently looking to burn all red bridges, "What help can I give? I will do the best race I can and I want to finish my last seven races with Ferrari in the best way I can. To be honest, talking from my heart, I don't know if Fernando needs my help."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: And as for Ferrari's lineup next year, Massa certainly has an opinion about that, "It will certainly mean fireworks. I'm afraid they will collide when sharing the team."
SCHEDULE: Are we to see the last South Korean Grand Prix?
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