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SINGAPORE GP – RACE RESULTS

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Report – Fernando Alonso finished just off the podium in fourth place after a great battle with the two Red Bull drivers, while his Scuderia Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen finished eighth, losing two places on the last two laps having to deal with seriously worn out tyres.

There was drama before the start, as Nico Rosberg failed to get off the grid on the formation lap and had to start from pit lane. When the lights went out, Alonso got away very well, going second in the first corner. However, the Spaniard overshot as the track went left and therefore had to cede the place to Sebastian Vettel.

Before half-distance, Fernando’s situation improved as he moved up to second behind Hamilton, the clear leader. However, after a collision between Sergio Perez and Adrian Sutil brought out the Safety Car, this worked against the two Ferraris, who unlike the Red Bulls, were still on the Supersofts and had to bring forward their stops to make the most of the situation.

For the final 24 laps, Fernando found himself between Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, with no way of getting past them. Further back, Raikkonen moved up to sixth before being overtaking by Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) and Sergio Perez (Force India) who were on fresher tyres. The Finn therefore came home eighth. Lewis Hamilton took the 29th win of his career and thus moves into a 3 point lead over Nico Rosberg. The next race is in Japan in a fortnight’s time.

Final Results:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2h00m04.795s
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 13.534s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 14.273s
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 15.389s
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 42.161s
6 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 56.801s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 59.038s
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m00.641s
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m01.661s
10 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m02.230s
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m05.065s
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m06.915s
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m08.029s
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m12.008s
15 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m34.188s
16 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m34.543s
17 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1 Lap
- Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes Retirement
- Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari Retirement
- Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari Retirement
- Nico Rosberg Mercedes Retirement
- Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault Not started

Drivers’ championship

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 241
2 Nico Rosberg 238
3 Daniel Ricciardo 181
4 Fernando Alonso 133
5 Sebastian Vettel 124
6 Valtteri Bottas 122
7 Jenson Button 72
8 Nico Hulkenberg 72
9 Felipe Massa 65
10 Sergio Perez 45
11 Kimi Raikkonen 45
12 Kevin Magnussen 39
13 Jean-Eric Vergne 19
14 Romain Grosjean 8
15 Daniil Kvyat 8
16 Jules Bianchi 2
17 Adrian Sutil 0
18 Marcus Ericsson 0
19 Pastor Maldonado 0
20 Esteban Gutierrez 0
21 Max Chilton 0
22 Kamui Kobayashi 0

Constructors’ championship

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 479
2 Red Bull/Renault 305
3 Williams/Mercedes 187
4 Ferrari 178
5 Force India/Mercedes 117
6 McLaren/Mercedes 111
7 Toro Rosso/Renault 27
8 Lotus/Renault 8
9 Marussia/Ferrari 2
10 Sauber/Ferrari 0
11 Caterham/Renault 0

QUOTES

Raikkonen rues “fucking up my tyres”“Most of the race I got stuck behind the Williams. It was mainly Massa but then in the end with Bottas. I think we had a bit more speed than them but obviously you can’t get past and then just driving behind it seems to affect us a lot. We even noticed in the past races that when you get close you lose all the downforce at the rear and you just destroy your tyres.  First of all you can’t get close enough at the faster places to try to attack and then it ruins your tyres. I just kept following the Williams the whole race – first [Massa] and then the other one – just f***ing up my tyres so that was quite disappointing. It’s hard to overtake them. I got close to them a few times but coming out of the faster corners I just lost the grip. If you don’t get the proper jump on them you will never pass them in a straight line. It’s a strong point of their car and here when you only have a few places to overtake it’s very hard to get past them.”

Ferrari Press

Kimi Raikkonen: “Today’s race was really frustrating, because despite the fact we were quick, we weren’t able to finish where we wanted. My start was good, I moved up a few places and everything was working perfectly. After the first stop, I lost a place to Felipe and from then on, I found myself stuck behind a Williams for the entire race. Unfortunately, every time I managed to get close, I lost aero performance on the rear and on top of that, tyre degradation was very high. It’s a real shame I was never able to run my race, even if we already knew that straightline speed is our opponents’ strong point. I’m not happy with eighth place, but on the positive side, we have seen improvements this weekend. I’m sure that if, from now on, we don’t have problems, things will go better.”

Pat Fry: “Here in Singapore, the performance of the two F14 Ts was a pleasant surprise, as we have never been as close to the front runners this season. The technical characteristics of the track, our development work, the talent of our drivers and the way our car worked on the softer tyres are just some of the elements that explain our good form this weekend. While very encouraging, it was still not enough to achieve the team’s objectives and it was a real shame to see second place slip from our grasp with Fernando because of the Safety Car. Unfortunately, with Kimi we didn’t manage to get the most out of the car: he had the potential to get a better result, if hadn’t been for Massa undercutting him and then, even though he was on fresher tyres, he did not have the top speed to pass Bottas on the straight. Like Monaco, this is a track where it’s hard to overtake and the arrival of the Safety Car can jumble up the order. Now, in Suzuka, we will have another opportunity and once again, we will try and fight the Red Bulls and especially the Williams in the Constructors’ Championship.”

Marco Mattiacci: “Today’s race could have delivered us a better result, because thanks to a quick response from the team after the disappointing outcome of the Grand Prix in Monza, we were competitive all weekend long. Our pace was good and thanks to the strategy, with Fernando we managed to run second, but it later slipped from our grasp during the course of the race. Kimi was held up by traffic and slowed with tyre degradation and, although he got a good start, he was unable to retake the places he had made up. The variable of the Safety Car altered our strategy projections, affecting the outcome of the race. Nevertheless, I firmly believe that the only strategy for winning is to be able to count on a competitive car. Now we leave Singapore having shown signs of progress: on this front, Suzuka will provide a very interesting test bench, because it will allow us to go deeper into our development work in areas in which we want to improve.”

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SINGAPORE GP – QUALIFYING RESULTS

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Lewis Hamilton beat Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg to pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix by seven thousandths of a second.

Hamilton was only sixth fastest on his first run in the Q3 top 10 shootout but despite a lock-up at Turn 1 on his final lap, a particularly strong run through the middle part of the lap allowed him to pip Rosberg.

Red Bull locked out the second row, with Daniel Ricciardo third ahead of Sebastian Vettel, just half-a-tenth separating the two.

Fernando Alonso was fifth fastest, only a tenth behind the lead Red Bull, although Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was not able to do better than seventh after suffering a car problem on his second run.

Final Times | Ferrari Report

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m45.681s -
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m45.688s 0.007s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m45.854s 0.173s
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m45.902s 0.221s
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m45.907s 0.226s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m46.000s 0.319s
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m46.170s 0.489s
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m46.187s 0.506s
9 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m46.250s 0.569s
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m47.362s 1.681s
11 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m46.943s 1.262s
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m46.989s 1.308s
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m47.308s 1.627s
14 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m47.333s 1.652s
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m47.575s 1.894s
16 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m47.812s 2.131s
17 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m48.324s 2.643s
18 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m49.063s 3.382s
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m49.440s 3.759s
20 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m50.405s 4.724s
21 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m50.473s 4.792s
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m52.287s 6.606s

QUOTES

Kimi laments engine problem in Q3“We struggled a bit at the beginning of the weekend, this morning we changed the car and it was to my liking. Then we got hit by the problem, it’s a shame as we could have done a good job today. It’s racing and unfortunately it happens. We’ll just try and sort it out and keep pushing and improving things. We didn’t have any data so we think it’s electronic issue, no power and it was cutting when I went full power, hopefully it’s not a big problem.”

Software glitch cause for Raikkonen problem“I think it was some electronic thing, so when you tried to apply power it just cut off. Hopefully it is just a small thing, but it was big enough to destroy our qualifying in the end. We’ve been struggling with the car a bit all weekend, but we kept changing it and we changed it for qualifying, which was good. It was one of the few times that we have changed it to something really good that I wanted. Unfortunately we had a problem, but there was a lot of potential today and it was nice to have a good feeling with the car. I know I kept messing up the middle sector all the time and there was a lot of potential on the other sectors. There was a good feeling with the car and I could put it where I wanted. It was feeling easier to drive, so it’s a shame what happened today, but that’s our sport. Sometimes you hope it would happen during a different weekend when you’re having difficult times.”

Ferrari Press:

Kimi Raikkonen: “I’m very happy with the handling of my car. Yesterday, we made some changes to the set-up and in qualifying, I finally managed to drive the way I wanted. Unfortunately, in Q3, on my final run on new Supersoft tyres, a problem forced me to pit. It’s a real shame as I felt comfortable in the car and we had the potential to get a good result. Now I want to feel confident for the race and I hope the team manages to solve the problem without too much difficulty. Tomorrow, we will do our best to bring home as many points as possible, aware that we are going in the right direction.”

Pat Fry: “This was undoubtedly one of the closest qualifying sessions of the season, with the top six cars all within just over three tenths of one another. On this track, a good set-up and a high level of aerodynamic downforce makes the difference and at every corner you can gain or lose a lot of time. And, as is the case at all street circuits, the abilities of the drivers comes to the fore. I would like to be commenting on a better result, because both Kimi and Fernando didn’t make any mistakes. Kimi was comfortable with the car all weekend and we are sorry that he had a software problem on his final Q3 run, because he could definitely have got a better result. This incident confirms just how important is reliability, especially at this point in the season. Fernando showed what he can do on this track and it’s always a pleasure to see him at work. Like Kimi, he improved in every session, getting the most out of the package he had. In free practice, we saw a significant performance difference between the two Pirelli compounds and I’m sure that will make the race particularly absorbing. At this point of the season, reliability plays a key role and here in Singapore, an appearance from the Safety Car is almost guaranteed. Therefore we will have to keep an eye on all the variables in play and try and bring home as many points as possible for the team.”


SINGAPORE GP – FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE THREE

Report – Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen were first and ninth come the end of the final free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix. In a session where some drivers appeared to be sand-bagging, the Spanish Scuderia Ferrari man did a total of 12 laps, the best in 1.47.299, a time that no one would beat. Raikkonen did 16 laps, the best of which was a 1.48.226, which was good enough for ninth on the time sheet.

All the drivers set their best time on the Supersoft tyre which Pirelli is supplying along with the Soft. The gap between the two compounds however seems to be smaller now than yesterday. This could be donw to the drop in temperatures for air and track and also because some rain fell on the Marina Bay circuit this morning.

FP3 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m47.299s - 12
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m47.350s 0.051s 15
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m47.488s 0.189s 15
4 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m47.693s 0.394s 17
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m47.711s 0.412s 17
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m47.738s 0.439s 12
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m47.909s 0.610s 15
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m48.205s 0.906s 15
9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m48.226s 0.927s 16
10 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m48.422s 1.123s 20
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m48.450s 1.151s 11
12 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m48.577s 1.278s 9
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m48.599s 1.300s 16
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m48.637s 1.338s 18
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m49.078s 1.779s 15
16 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m49.115s 1.816s 19
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m49.485s 2.186s 17
18 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m50.149s 2.850s 15
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m50.376s 3.077s 17
20 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m50.939s 3.640s 17
21 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m51.221s 3.922s 16
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m51.598s 4.299s 17

SINGAPORE GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE TWO

Report – Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen ended the second free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix setting the second and fourth fastest times respectively. The Spaniard completed 28 laps, the best in 1.47.623, while the Finn did 29, stopping the clocks in 1.48.031.

In the second session, as in the first, the drivers continued to work on set-up and tyre work, this time running the Pirelli Supersofts, comparing them with the Softs. In the final part of the session, the Scuderia drivers, like almost all the others, did some long runs to simulate various stages of the race.

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m47.490s - 25
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m47.623s 0.133s 28
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m47.790s 0.300s 28
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m48.031s 0.541s 29
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m48.041s 0.551s 5
6 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m48.358s 0.868s 33
7 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m48.435s 0.945s 30
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m48.653s 1.163s 30
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m48.751s 1.261s 30
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m48.770s 1.280s 31
11 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m48.800s 1.310s 33
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m49.062s 1.572s 33
13 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m49.075s 1.585s 30
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m49.139s 1.649s 13
15 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m49.170s 1.680s 34
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m49.290s 1.800s 36
17 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m49.361s 1.871s 29
18 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m49.971s 2.481s 28
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m50.612s 3.122s 24
20 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m51.558s 4.068s 21
21 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m52.075s 4.585s 33
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m52.936s 5.446s 31

 


PRACTICE ONE

Report – The Scuderia Ferrari drivers ended the first free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix in first and seventh positions. Fernando Alonso set the benchmark time in 1.49.056, while Kimi Raikkonen’s best time was a 1.50.783.

The Spaniard and the Finn completed 16 and 19 laps respectively, working on set-up and beginning the evaluation of the Pirelli Soft tyre, a task that will be completed in the second session when they will also run the Supersofts.

The track is quite dirty and appears to be as bumpy as ever, especially in the first sector,while its temperature ran at 37 degrees.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m49.056s - 16
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m49.178s 0.122s 23
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m49.205s 0.149s 24
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m49.874s 0.818s 27
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m50.122s 1.066s 21
6 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m50.539s 1.483s 11
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m50.783s 1.727s 19
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m50.922s 1.866s 21
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m50.990s 1.934s 26
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m51.131s 2.075s 23
11 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m51.217s 2.161s 24
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m51.604s 2.548s 23
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m51.953s 2.897s 20
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m52.125s 3.069s 25
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m52.146s 3.090s 19
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m52.171s 3.115s 15
17 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m52.237s 3.181s 22
18 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m52.906s 3.850s 26
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m54.113s 5.057s 15
20 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m54.475s 5.419s 26
21 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m54.607s 5.551s 21
22 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m55.170s 6.114s 17

QUOTES

Ferrari Press

Kimi Raikkonen: “Overall this was a positive day, even if, as usual, there is room for improvement. In the first session we concentrated on looking at different set-up solutions and on my first set of Soft tyres I managed to do a good lap, then unfortunately some technical niggles prevented me from getting the most out of the second set. At the end of the session I had a problem with the brakes overheating, but the team managed to sort it out quickly and prepare the car for the second session. The changes we made to the set-up improved the handling of the car and with the Supersoft tyres there was plenty of grip.”

Pat Fry: “The Marina Bay circuit is always very demanding, both for the drivers and the personnel, who, among other things, have to deal with extreme atmospheric weather conditions. This Friday’s track action that just ended was not perfect, as we had to deal with some reliability problems, especially on Kimi’s car, although the performance more or less matched our expectations. Cooling the various components of the car is a hard task and, in performance terms, so too is getting good traction out of the corners. As usual on street circuits, over the course of the weekend, the grip level improves significantly and so it’s important to get a clear understanding of tyre behaviour. The time difference between the Soft and Supersoft compounds is possibly greater than expected and I’m sure this aspect will make qualifying and the race very interesting. Although Friday’s times count for little and it’s difficult to string together a run of clean laps because of traffic, our drivers’ pace is encouraging. It’s very difficult to overtake in Singapore and it will be very important to do as well as possible in qualifying so as to be well placed for the race.”