Singapore Grand Prix 2014 – Recap

Lewis Hamilton wins for the second time at the Singapore Grand Prix. Just like most of the previous winners of this race, he also started in pole position. He took the lead from the start and held it until the very end. He now leads the drivers’ championship 3 points over teammate Nico Rosberg. Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo finished in second and third positions respectively in this race. Rosberg wasn’t able to finish this race after his car encountered mechanical problems.

Qualifying

Lewis Hamilton recorded the fastest time of 1min 45.681sec in qualifying to secure the pole position at the start of the race. He beat fierce rival and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg who has 1:45.688 by the smallest margin. That’s seven thousandths of a second to be precise. Daniel Riccardo followed them closely who was slower by just three hundredths of a second at 1:45.854. Overall, the qualifying sessions went well. There was just one crash incident which happened. Pastor Maldonado of Lotus crashed to the wall near turn ten of the track during his run last Friday night.

Racing Conditions

The tracks at the Marina Bay Street Circuit are well lit for this stage which is the only F1 race that is held at night. The weather is hot and humid as usual but with no treat of a heavy downpour unlike last Friday. This is a perfect night to race and all the cars will use super soft tires in this leg.

The Grid

The Race

lewis-hamilton-wins-singapore-grand-prix-2014Nico Rosberg’s car encountered problems just before the start of the race. His car had a clutch and electrical problems, so he pulled out of the grid before the race begins.

At lap 1, Hamilton grabs the lead early followed closely by Alonso. Rosberg’s car is now fixed and he joins the race. On lap 5, Hamilton extends his lead to 1.56 seconds and Vettel is now the one who’s chasing him. The clutch on Roseberg’s car isn’t working and he’s now 32 seconds behind the leader. Hamilton further extends his lead over Vettel to 3.4 seconds at lap 9. Things are getting worse of Rosberg as he’s now 52 seconds behind.

Lap 11, drivers start to come in to the pit stop. Felipe Massa spent too much time at the pit and came back to the race at 13th place. Vettel, Alonso and Ricciardo pitted on lap 13. Vettel recorded the shortest pit stop here at 2.9 seconds. On lap 14, Hamilton made his first pit stop and just like Vettel only spent 2.9 seconds for it. Shortly after, Rosberg entered the pit lane and had his steering wheel and tires changed. He spent two minutes on the lane and after that he officially retires from the race.

By lap 18, Hamilton has secured the lead and is now just cruising. The battle for the second and third spots here is between Vettel and Alonso. On lap31, the safety car is introduced in the race after Sergio Perez’s Force India hit the back of Sutil’s Sauber spreading some debris on the track. At lap 33, the race leaders are as follows: Hamilton, Vettel, Ricciardo, Alonso and Massa. The safety car leaves the track on lap 38.
At lap 40, Hamilton has established a 6 second lead over Vettel. His lead over the German is getting bigger as the race progresses. By lap 46, he’s already 17 seconds ahead of him. On lap 50, he further extends his lead to 23 seconds.

Hamilton takes another stop on lap 53 and comes out the pit lane at second place. On the next lap, he gets DRS and retakes the lead. On lap 58, Hamilton again has a commanding 6 second lead over Vettel. Hamilton has this race on the bag as he was the first to greet the chequered flag after 61 laps. He was followed by Sebastian Vettel (second) and Daniel Ricciardo (third).

After Thoughts

Hamilton bagged 25 points for this win and he now has 241 points. Rosberg who didn’t finish the race still has 238 points – 3 points behind his British teammate. This has become a very close race for the title. There are now just five races remaining for this year. The next stage will be the Japanese Grand Prix on October 5. There are rumours circulating that the Russian Grand Prix might not push through, but this is still a speculation at this point.

Hopefully, Rosberg’s car will be in top condition for the Japanese Grand Prix. Hamilton’s three point lead is very small and Rosberg can reclaim the lead in the next race. Some people could be right when they predicted that the title race between Hamilton and Rosberg could end in a grand showdown in Abu Dhabi.