2016 Singapore Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: This championship is turning into quite the unpredictable one. So, we are going to stop trying to predict it...
EVENT: Last year, a spectator just walks right out on the track. This year, a marshal is still on the track when the cars are given the green flag. What next? A giant lizard? Oh, wait...
TRACK: Love this track for the excitement it brings.
QUALIFYING: Rosberg pulls out a career lap, Hamilton just doesn't have it, Ricciardo is all smiles, Toro Rosso does much better, and Vettel three wheels it.
START: Classic case of too many cars in too small a spot all triggered by Verstappen's poor start, otherwise, it's boring up front as everyone slots into their starting position.
RACE: Every time you thought you knew what was going to happen, it changed.
ROSBERG: Nico had the same braking problems as Hamilton, but Rosberg was able to deal with it better.
HAMILTON: Nearly three-quarters of a second behind in qualifying. Never got the handle during the race. Lewis seemed out to lunch the whole weekend even factoring in the lost practice time. But, he'll be back.
MERCEDES: Not the best day for the Silver Arrow strategists. Their setup decision caused the braking issues. Their strategy call on Hamilton nearly cost Rosberg the win. They were too slow to react to Ricciardo's speed, missing the chance to call Rosberg in for fresh tires, causing some sweaty palms in the waning laps.
RICCIARDO: One of the most exiting drivers to watch when chasing someone down.
VERSTAPPEN: A fine comeback drive for Max, but funny hearing him complain about Kvyat's blocking moves. What's the Dutch version of pot, kettle, black?
RED BULL: They gave it their best shot for their best opportunity to win (when the Mercedes drivers don't take each other out).
ALONSO: Fernando looked like he had fun.
MCLAREN: Do we now declare them the fastest car outside of the top three teams?
RAIKKONEN: Amazing how well Kimi has been driving lately.
VETTEL: What might have been had he not broken the car in qualifying.
PEREZ: A nice comeback drive for Sergio.
KVYAT: Once again, let's give credit where credit is due. This time to Daniil, who drove a fantastic race. Fast, aggressive, and smart. And for those few laps he was keeping Verstappen at bay must have been sweet revenge for Kvyat. But, will it all be enough?
MAGNUSSEN: Another driver in trouble who deserves kudos for a fine race.
GUTIERREZ: No doubt, Esteban's most hated number is 11.
WILLIAMS: Failed again and dropped behind Force India again.
FORCE INDIA: With just one driver making it past the start, they still leapfrogged Williams.
BUTTON: The first lap contact ruined his race ... eventually for good.
HULKENBERG: I think Usain Bolt ran a longer distance than Nico did.
GROSJEAN: Don't mention the word "brakes" to Romain.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Unpredictable.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 0 -- The number of Singapore Grands Prix that have been run without a Safety Car.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: When the marshal ran across the track as the cars resumed racing, one couldn't help but be reminded of the horror of the 1977 South African GP. That was when a marshal ran across the track to aid a broken car, only to get hit by Tony Pryce's car at speed. The marshal and driver, struck by the fire bottle the marshal was carrying, were killed. So grotesque was the result, that the only way they could identify the marshal was to do a roll call after the race. He was Frederick Jansen van Vuuren, a 19-year-old.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Chase Carey, the new Formula 1 chairman, gave an early indication of the leadership of the sport under new owners, Liberty Media, "There can't be a dictatorship, even if probably here they are used to it." A shot across Bernie's bow?
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Was that a lizard or Godzilla in FP3? We think Max Verstappen was wondering the same thing, "There's a giant lizard on the track. I'm not joking!"
SCHEDULE: From one hot, humid place to an even hotter and more humid place.
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