Rosberg Takes Singapore
Rosberg Takes Singapore: In the end, it was another race led from start to finish for Nico Rosberg, who converted his majestic qualifying lap on Saturday into a third straight victory since the summer break. It seemed like all he had to do was avoid the poor starts that have plagued Mercedes this season and it would have been smooth sailing, and in the end it was just that, despite the very close margin of victory. “He had a great start, controlled the pace and, on the contrary, Lewis didn’t have a clean weekend. He was lacking laps to find the right set-up and he couldn’t really choose the direction and from then on it went backwards.” ad the race been just one lap longer, Ricciardo may well have ended up doing a ‘shoey’ and drinking champagne from what would have been a very hot and sweaty race boot. Maybe for his health, finishing second was better then, but this was a strong performance which underlined why Ricciardo is regarded as one of F1’s top drivers.
Kimi Raikkonen’s race was hampered by poor strategy decisions from Ferrari and he could and perhaps should have been on the Singapore podium. The Finn was left out too long on the ultrasoft tyres during his first stint and his pace had dropped off dramatically by the time he was pitted. That made the undercut even more effective for Raikkonen’s rivals. Voted driver of the day by the watching F1 fans and justifiably so. After a weekend of setup problems, followed by an unusual rocker problem in qualifying, Sebastian Vettel bounced back on Sunday with a superb drive from the back of the grid to fifth. The last throes of Felipe Massa’s F1 career are becoming consistently underwhelming. The Brazilian hasn’t out-qualified team-mate Valtteri Bottas since Baku and lost out on an opportunity to score points this weekend due to a three-stop strategy which never fell into place.