2018 Singapore Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Earlier in the season we asked when will Ferrari begin chocking and throwing away the championship. We have our answer -- at Monza with the clincher at Singapore.
TRACK: Looks like the drivers are finally getting use to this track.
EVENT: Packed grandstands even on a Saturday.
QUALIFYING: The provisional runs turn out to be the key runs, Hamilton brushes aside the fear of Ferrari, Verstappen puts himself on Singapore's front row again, and Vettel continues to get the least out of the fastest car.
RACE: There was strategy intrigue early on, but once that played out, nothing more up front, leaving us the crazy entertainment in the back of the pack.
START: An out of this world start by Hamilton, a brilliant pass by Vettel, Ocon puts himself in a bad spot, causing Perez to dump his teammate into the wall, and the obligatory safety car comes out.
HAMILTON: Lewis continues to get stronger as the pressure builds.
VETTEL: While Sebastian continues to get weaker as the pressure builds.
MERCEDES: Typically, Mercedes comes back from the summer break even stronger. Not this year. It took them till after Monza to get stronger. And they did so at a track they never before had the pace at.
FERRARI: Typically, Ferrari comes back from the summer break behind the 8-ball. Not this year. It took them till after Monza to fall behind the 8-ball. And they did so at a track they have excelled at in the past.
VERSTAPPEN: Aggressive, yet smart and clean. All while dealing with an engine stumble. Impressive.
RED BULL: Strong once again at Singapore. Just not quite strong enough.
BOTTAS: Just ran around hoping others would just move over for him.
RAIKKONEN: Just ran around wondering what it's going to be like at Sauber next year.
RICCIARDO: Just ran around wondering when he's going to be on a podium again.
ALONSO: Once again Fernando beats out all the other also-rans in a far inferior car. And he didn't get lapped.
LECLERC: Great moves on Gasly. We're looking forward to seeing these two battle on higher echelon teams.
ERICSSON: Strong run for the Swede.
GROSJEAN: We don't care about your penalty, Romain. We loved your racing.
MAGNUSSEN: Never had speed all weekend. Quite frankly, Kevin looked lost out there. So, how in the world did he get the race's fastest lap?!
PEREZ: Sergio lost his head. First, he expects Sirotkin to simply move over for position. Then, he drives into Sirotkin in retribution. And we didn't even mention knocking his teammate out of the race. At least Sergio apologized and admitted the penalty was fair.
OCON: Basic rule of racing -- never put yourself on the outside of a turn on the first lap. Even if it's not your fault, if something happens, the guy on the outside almost always losses.
SIROTKIN: Damn slow, but we sure loved your fighting spirit, Sergey.
SAUBER: Will be very interesting to see what Kimi brings to this team with his excellent technical feedback.
RACING POINT: The march through the standings for this "new" team came to an abrupt halt.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Blue flags.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 1 -- Amazingly, just one DNF on this tight, tough street circuit.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Every Singapore F1 race has had at least one safety car period. In total, there have been 18 safety car deployments in 11 races. The very first safety car at Singapore was caused by the now infamous Crashgate scandal.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Kimi Raikkonen knocked them out of the park in the Thursday press conference when all the questions were about his move "down" to the Sauber team next year. When asked why did he decide to join Sauber, he answered, "Why not?"
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: When asked if he still had a passion for racing, Kimi said, "No, I'm not actually! It's just by pure head games for you guys I happen to sign and I'm going to spend two years there just not being happy."
SCHEDULE: Six races left. Forty points to overcome. Yeah, good luck there Vettel...
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