Singapore Grand Prix: First Impressions

Posted on October 1, 2011


So here is the Race History Chart from the Singapore Grand Prix. A stunning performance from Sebastian Vettel and an impressive drive from Jenson Button in second place. The Ferraris were clearly struggling and Lewis Hamilton failed to take advantage with another self-compromised race. Mercedes were comfortably the fourth fastest car, but were beaten by Force India’s Paul di Resta to sixth place. The Sauber in the hands of Sergio Perez also looked as fast, and maybe more than the single point for tenth was possible.

Williams were slightly adrift of the midfield again, and Toro Rosso fairly anonymous, but the disaster story is that of Renault. Beaten by Lotus on pace, and plain slow on the street circuit. Quietly, Daniel Ricciardo is also making his reputation, comfortably outpacing Tonio Liuzzi and staking a claim to a place in the Red Bull fold for next year.

The obvious interest in the strategy is in the tyre strategy, especially the final pitstops. Would Jenson have won by staying out, or lost out to Webber? Analysis of this, and of the battle for sixth is coming up on intelligentF1, along with the league table of underlying pace and an analysis of the race performance of each car and driver directly from the race data.