Punctures Become Key in Singapore, Sebastian Vettel On the Verge of Title?


139Sho TsuboiROOKIE-Toyota1:50.6181:50.310
288Robert KubicaROOKIE-Toyota1:50.6531:50.483+0.173
347Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:51.2901:50.908+0.598
418Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:51.3711:52.246+1.061
556Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW1:52.3591:52.135+1.825
620Kevin MagnussenToyota1:52.2631:52.689+1.953
723Jules BianchiMRT-BMW1:52.9031:52.275+1.965
894Pascal WehrleinToyota1:53.1331:52.828+2.518
91Victoria DesaiFerrari1:53.4631:53.124+2.814
1057Dean StonemanMcEwan-Mercedes1:53.3731:53.243+2.933
117Charles LeclercSauber-Toyota1:53.8761:53.558+3.276
1210Alessio LorandiFerrari1:53.9281:54.105+3.618
1360Ritomo MiyataSauber-Toyota1:54.7911:53.936+3.626
1463George RussellMcEwan-Mercedes1:54.2241:54.011+3.701
1570Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Ferrari1:54.0911:55.078+3.781
164Robin FrijnsDawson-Mercedes1:54.6371:54.400+4.090
1755Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1:54.6461:54.476+4.166
1826Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari1:55.1941:54.862+4.552
1929Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1:54.9021:55.286+4.592
2033Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1:55.1461:55.031+4.721
2181Malik ZidanLoonmotor-Judd1:55.5321:55.296+4.986
2295Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1:56.2681:55.884+4.618
2380Raven RothAndretti-Ferrari1:57.0951:56.602+6.292
2498Colton HertaAndretti-Ferrari1:56.9451:56.824+6.541
2511Terry HawkinFAST-BMW1:58.7711:58.439+8.129
2621Théo PourchaireFAST-BMW1:58.6091:59.068+8.299


Kevin Magnussen's amazing drift showcased the issues drivers had on the moistened asphalt.
No mentally stable Formula One world champion will ever dignify the notion that you do not need at least a little bit of luck to secure the title. Lando Norris’s retirement shortly after taking the lead of the Singapore Grand Prix proved it once again, as he now finds himself 25 points adrift of Sebastian Vettel with 44 points still left to race for.

In the light drizzle that affected the majority of the Grand Prix, Jules Bianchi came into his own, easily dispatching the two ROOKIE cars to secure a second-place finish, his fifth runner-up spot of the season. Both Jules Bianchi and Sho Tsuboi passed Einar Ármannsson in the standings.

Two teams that were getting along very well with the Marina Bay circuit were Ferrari and Williams, the former ended up with a double-points finish, the latter were ninth and tenth, thus as good as you can be without scoring points. Shwartzman and Lorandi did themselves favours by keeping up with their better teammates for long stretches.

Outside of Lando Norris’s catastrophic DNF, Bridgestone also suffered the nightmare of two more drivers suffering race-ending punctures: Kevin Magnussen lost a point by retiring and Théo Poouchaire was also subjected to the indignity of having to park his vehicle shortly before the chequered flag.


118Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd72:036.293410
223Jules BianchiMRT-BMW+43.19978
339Sho TsuboiROOKIE-Toyota+65.44417
488Robert KubicaROOKIE-Toyota+66.73125
51Victoria DesaiFerrari+83.35994
656Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW+84.90053
710Alessio LorandiFerrari+96.136122
894Pascal WehrleinToyota1 Lap81
970Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Ferrari1 Lap15
1026Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari1 Lap18
117Charles LeclercSauber-Toyota1 Lap11
1295Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap22
1381Malik ZidanLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap21
1433Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap20
1563George RussellMcEwan-Mercedes1 Lap14
1660Ritomo MiyataSauber-Toyota1 Lap13
1780Raven RothAndretti-Ferrari1 Lap23
1855Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1 Lap17
1957Dean StonemanMcEwan-Mercedes1 Lap10
2098Colton HertaAndretti-Ferrari1 Lap24
2111Terry HawkinFAST-BMW2 Laps25
224Robin FrijnsDawson-MercedesMotor16
2320Kevin MagnussenToyotaPuncture6
2421Théo PourchaireFAST-BMWPuncture26
DNF29Roger IbeRed Bull-FerrariThrottle19
DNF47Lando NorrisCaterham-JuddPuncture3

Fastest Lap:

Sebastian Vettel – 1:53.050

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Williams-Ferrari – while they were not rewarded in points, their competitiveness was nice to see.

Reject Of The Race:

Bridgestone – regardless of whether the punctures were all their fault, it is a horrible look in terms of marketing.