F1 – Singapore GP – Race
After 10 years of rain predictions at the Singapore GP, we finally had a wet race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. The chaos of the night at Singapore gave us a really crazy first part of the race until the track gave us the dry tires and then the race was a slow race without not so many overtakes at the end.
At the start Sebastian Vettel tried to defend his position against Max Verstappen but the Red Bull driver become a sandwich with both Ferrari drivers, making Kimi Räikkönen to hit the wall, crash against Max, and the Red Bull driver to hit Sebastian Vettel. Kimi and Max also hit Fernando Alonso at the first turn making the first two to retire of the race, but a few seconds later it was Sebastian Vettel who retired when he spun and hit the wall losing the nose of the Ferrari. Everything changed and the safety-car appeared with a complete different grid, even we saw Palmer overtaking Bottas after the restart of the race.
Fernando Alonso who could continue after being hit by Max Verstappen, started to lose power at his McLaren and had to retire after being overtaken by the rest of the drivers of the grid and we saw that he had all the left part of the car broken. Meanwhile the other spaniard, Carlos Sainz was overtaking Esteban Ocon, being 8th but virtually 4th because the drivers who started the race with full wet compound had to change into intermediate tire.
Daniil Kvyat overtook Kevin Magnussen and now that he had clean air, he crashed into the wall causing the second safety car of the day. With the safety car on track, the Renault drivers made a mistake, entering to the pits on the next lap after everyone, losing a lot of positions.
The race continued with Felipe Massa being the only driver with full wet compound and was overtaken by a few drivers, changing the tire after a few laps. Kevin Magnussen, on his side, was the first driver who tried the slick compound with the ultrasoft, something that the 99% of the remain drivers made, except Carlos Sainz who used the super soft compound.
The spaniard driver of Toro Rosso had to defend his position againt Sergio Pérez who was attacking him during the next laps, and everything changed again when Marcus Ericsson spun with his Sauber and caused the third safety-car of the race. Nico Hulkenberg used that safety-car to made a few changes on his Renault, but he retired with a few minutes to the end of the race.
During the last laps nothing changed at the top and the drivers could reach the finish line without problems.
Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore GP with Daniel Ricciardo 2nd and Valtteri Bottas 3rd. The top 10 was completed with Sainz, Pérez, Palmer taking the first points of the season, Vandoorne, Stroll, Grosjean and Ocon.
The next round of the championship will be Malaysia, where Lewis Hamilton will start using the calculator, but this is F1 and everything can change from one race to another. Stay tuned to know what will happen.