It’s a bit embarrassing to admit it, but I have a love-hate relationship with the Singapore GP. On the one hand, I love the street circuit under the lights. On the other hand, the race is too long and comes too close to hitting the 2 hour race time limit. This year Vettel finished the 61 lap race in 1:59:06.757. Plus, the race is hot, muggy, and this could lead to some dangerous situation in the race. Still, I look forward to this race all year, because the cars and the special helmets look awesome under the lights.
Quali was almost a disappointment. The grid was basically lined up by car number for the first 4 rows with Button out qualifying Hamilton and Rosberg out qualifying Schumacher. The young rookie di Resta keeps showing good form as the season progresses and for the most part seems to have avoided some of the in-race drama that Perez and Maldonado have experienced. He might not finish as high in the points as he’d like, but he does finish races.
But at least the race made up for the almost ho-hum qualifying sessions. Even though Vettel again pulled away at the start and Webber again lost position at the start, there was even some race excitement at the lead positions. Button put on another quiet show of pushing forward and came close to even challenging Vettel for the lead. Hamilton again went at Massa this time puncturing the Ferrari driver’s rear wheel while knocking off his front wing. Hamilton’s drive-thru penalty will certainly add the the lad’s persecution complex. Maybe he just can’t see very well, or worse, he doesn’t have a firm grasp of he dimensions of his car. The former is a bit unsafe, the latter would be downright dangerous. I hope someone get’s Lewis’s eyes checked.
As for someone who might need to get their eyes checked, Schumacher is in that camp. How he misjudged Sergio Perez’s Sauber, but it was a very dramatic way to DNF. At least Schumi wasn’t playing tag with Petrov again.
Even without Lewis Hamilton’s help, the Ferraris just didn’t have the pace during the race. Massa made up some places after his tire puncture, but Alonso just kept falling back ending up nearly a minute behind Vettel and 26 seconds out from 3rd at the finish.
1 point. 1 point from clinching the 2011 title and having back-to-back driver’s championships. At least there is no question about Vettel’s dominance this season. Last season he won it on the last race, but I think if he hadn’t suffered from the reliability issues of the car, he would’ve taken the title with a much greater margin in 2010.
Alcohol content: medium (Hendricks and tonic)