September 21, 2014
Hamilton takes advantage of Rosberg's car failure, it's hammer time in Singapore.
Hamilton did not put a foot wrong and now leads the Championship going into the Japanese GP, Rosberg scored no points and is now 3 behind.
There was a race in Singapore but it was all behind Lewis. Vettel, Ricciardo and Alonso had a decent scrap for the remaining podium spots which was decided when Ferrari got slightly caught out by the Safety Car, He had been ahead of the two Red Bulls but emerged behind on the same tires after the stop.
It might have been a closer race had the drivers been able actually race with each other rather than just try to save tires and get to the end. Mark Webber, racing at Circuit of the Americas in the WEC, was quoted yesterday:
“There’s no contest there, Michelin is a real racing tire, Pirelli was for show business in Formula one. These are real racing tires so it’s a tire which all the drivers can enjoy...”
But it is what it is, I guess.
As predicted, the FIA's ban, half ban, on radio communications was made a joke today with all sorts of messages being sent back and forth from all teams. More confusion.
Of note, Maldonado did not crash though he did drive off with a wheel gun still attached once.
Also, Jean Eric Vergne finished 6th despite being given not one but two 5 second penalties! Perhaps Toro Rosso needs to arrange to have the FIA penalize JEV every race!
Now on to Suzuka and the momentum is all in Hamilton's corner again. If we're lucky we'll finally see a straight up, on track battle between the two Mercedes.
It's been a while now.