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2010 Singapore Grand Prix – Click above for high-res image gallery

The naysayers will tell you that every grand prix – especially those held on newer-generation tracks – comes out looking the same. Different scenery, same story, they'll say. But even the haters were silenced a few years back when the Singapore Grand Prix re-joined the calendar as the first night race in the history of Formula One. The spectacle of the most advanced machinery this side of a fighter jet zipping around a seaside circuit under the lights put a fresh spin on F1, and has now become a regular fixture of the racing season.

Now in its third running, the circus rolled in to Singapore's Marina Bay against the backdrop of one of the most hotly contested championships in recent memory. Would this year's night race crown a champion, or defer the suspense for another couple of weeks? Follow the jump to find out.


  • Formula One drivers power their cars at the start of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO/ Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 26: Fernando Alonso (R) of Spain and Ferrari leads from Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany and Red Bull Racing down to turn one at the start of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 26, 2010 in Singapore. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fernando Alonso;Sebastian Vettel
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso (2nd L) of Spain follows a safety car in the opening laps of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil speeds past the viewing stand during the qualifying round of the Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 25, 2010. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso stormed to pole position for the high-stakes Singapore Grand Prix on September 25, edging Sebastian Vettel to give his world championship hopes another timely boost. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 26: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari celebrates after winning the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 26, 2010 in Singapore. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fernando Alonso
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leads the race at the start of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Red Bull-Renault driver Mark Webber of Australia takes a corner during Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Red Bull-Renault driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany powers his car during the qualifying session for Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 25, 2010. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso stormed to pole position for the high-stakes Singapore Grand Prix, edging Sebastian Vettel to give his world championship hopes another timely boost. AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • McLaren-Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain powers his car during the third practice session for Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 25, 2010. Sebastian Vettel topped the times for Red Bull in the final free practice under lights for the high-stakes Singapore Grand Prix on September 25 ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso (C) of Spain leads the race at the start of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain powers his car during the qualifying round of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 25, 2010. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso stormed to pole position for the high-stakes Singapore Grand Prix, edging Sebastian Vettel to give his world championship hopes another timely boost. AFP PHOTO/Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain powers his car during the third practice session for Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 25, 2010. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso stormed to pole position for the high-stakes Singapore Grand Prix, edging Sebastian Vettel to give his world championship hopes another timely boost. AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany speeds around a turn during the qualifying round of the Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 25, 2010. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso stormed to pole position for the high-stakes Singapore Grand Prix on September 25, edging Sebastian Vettel to give his world championship hopes another timely boost.AFP PHOTO/ Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher of Germany powers his car during the third practice session of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 25, 2010. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso stormed to pole position for the high-stakes Singapore Grand Prix, edging Sebastian Vettel to give his world championship hopes another timely boost.AFP PHOTO/ Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain powers his car during the qualifying round of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 25, 2010. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso stormed to pole position for the high-stakes Singapore Grand Prix, edging Sebastian Vettel to give his world championship hopes another timely boost. AFP PHOTO/Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Toro Rosso-Ferrari driver Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland enters the circuit from pit lane during the second practice session of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore on September 24, 2010. AFP PHOTO/ Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • McLaren-Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain walks back to the paddock after his car collided with Red Bull-Renault driver Mark Webber of Australia during Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 26, 2010. Spain's Fernando Alonso in a Ferrari won an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel to put the world championship title race on a knife-edge. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso (R) of Spain celebrates his victory with second-placed Red Bull-Renault driver Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany as third-placed Red Bull-Renault driver Mark Webber of Australia (C-behind) gets out of his car at the end of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 26, 2010. Alonso won an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel to put the world championship title race on a knife-edge. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Winning Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain reacts during the awards ceremony on the podium for Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 26, 2010. Alonso won an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel to put the world championship title race on a knife-edge. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)


For Scuderia Ferrari, Saturday night's qualifying session was a mixed bag. Fernando Alonso qualified on pole for the second time in a row, while Felipe Massa – suffering an apparent gearbox malfunction on his first qualifying lap – was relegated to the back of the field. With the prospective ten-position penalty bearing no subsequent effect, Massa took a fresh engine to ensure no further mechanical issues.

In between the two Ferraris, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel – who has still claimed more pole positions than any other driver this season – qualified second. McLaren's twin champions, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, lined up behind Alonso and Vettel in third and fourth, respectively, ahead of Red Bull's Mark Webber in fifth and Williams' Rubens Barrichello in sixth. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Robert Kubica (Renault), Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) and Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) rounded out the top ten.

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With the formation lap completed without incident and the race getting underway, Alonso held on to his lead against a charging field of challengers into the first lap. By the next, his wingman had already managed to fight his way up from dead-last 24th to 21st on one of the most difficult passing circuits on the calendar, strategically pitting right away to get his mandatory tire-swap out of the way. But as Massa charged from the rear, Nick Heidfeld – recently hired to take Pedro de la Rosa's seat at Sauber – collided with Force India's Tonio Liuzzi. The Italian's race was over, while the German made it back to pit lane where he swapped his broken nosecone, only to suffer from a prolonged pit stop due to a jammed tire gun. That forced Heidfeld to pit yet again on the following lap.

The incident brought the safety car out for three laps, wherein Webber was the only one of the top eight to pit together with the mid-fielders and backmarkers. Nine laps into the race, Alonso still lead Vettel, Hamilton and Button. Rosberg was now running in fifth, ahead of Kunica, Barrichello, Webber and Kobayashi to tenth. Massa, meanwhile, was already up to fourteenth place, an admirable ascension from his qualifying troubles.

Championship frontrunner Webber passed Schumacher for eighth place on lap 11. Vettel, warned by his team not to overheat the brakes, reassured his strategists that he wasn't pushing too hard even as he set a new fastest lap time.

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Lap 16 saw both Hulkenberg and Massa finally get by Timo Glock, who was getting the most out of his subpar Virgin-Cosworth. Little action ensued, however, until the pit stops started around lap 29. Hamilton went in from fourth and came out in eighth, a position then taken by Button, who pitted from fifth. The heart-stopper came as Alonso and Vettel headed into pit lane simultaneously, handing the fight over to their pit crews. Alonso emerged first, holding onto the lead over Vettel.

Following a series of other shakeups from pit lane, excitement ensued when Kobayashi skidded into the wall around a blind corner. HRT's Bruno Senna, failing to see the wreckage, careened straight into the Sauber. Both were out of the race, and the safety car was deployed for the second time, prompting a few more pit stops. HRT's fortunes continued to plummet when Christian Klien, sitting in for a sick Yamamoto, was forced to retire from the team's garage.

The safety car was recalled a few rounds later on lap 35, with Alonso still leading from the start, Vettel in tow with Webber having ascended to third. Hamilton now trailed in fourth ahead of Button in fifth and Rosberg in sixth, followed by Kubica, Barrichello, Force India's Adrian Sutil, Hulkenberg and Massa to tenth.

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Disaster (and excitement) struck the following lap when Hamilton saw an opening to get by Webber. Title prospects hanging in the balance, Lewis tried to close the door on Webber, but ultimately wasn't quite past him. Webber tossed Hamilton off the line, the McLaren champion's race ending much as it had in the last round at Monza. Webber sailed away unscathed. An investigation was launched by the race stewards, who ultimately cleared Webber of any wrongdoing.

The same would apply just a lap later when Schumacher and Heidfeld had at it. The two collided, and the senior Mercedes pilot took Heidfeld out of the race. No penalty was applied following the ensuing investigation.

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Kubica headed into the pits on lap 46, giving up seventh position to swap out a punctured tire. He rejoined in thirteenth, and with fresh rubber, the Polish driver proceeded to pass car after car to reclaim his place. First, he dismissed Toro Rosso's Sebastian Buemi, then his own teammate, Vitaly Petrov, followed by Massa, Hulkenberg and Sutil.

Heikki Kovalainen spun his Lotus a few laps later, narrowly avoiding a collision with Buemi. The Lotus subsequently burst into flames as the Finn coolly found the right spot to pull over. Instead of bolting for safety, Kovalainen grabbed a trackside fire extinguisher and put out the blaze himself in the grandest of old-school style.

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With just one lap to go, Vettel closed in on Alonso's Ferrari, but it couldn't get by. The double-champion Spaniard claimed his second consecutive victory, winning uninterrupted from pole and setting the fastest lap of the day in the process. Talk about a red-letter day.

2010 Singapore Grand Prix

The remaining points went to Vettel (2nd), Webber (3rd), Button (4th), Rosberg (5th), Barrichello (6th), Kubica (7th), Sutil (8th), Hulkenberg (9th), and Massa (10th). With just four races to go, the adjusted championship standings keep Mark Webber – a winner of the day in his own right – still in the lead for the title with 202 points, but second-place Alonso is now in hot pursuit with 191. Hamilton, fresh from two consecutive DNFs, sits in third with 182 points, Vettel just behind in fourth with 181, Button in fifth with 177 and Felipe Massa in sixth with 125. The combined scores, meanwhile, have Red Bull in the lead for the constructors' championship with 383, followed by McLaren with 359 and Ferrari with 316. Join us again on October 10 for the Japanese Grand Prix from Suzuka.


  • Formula One drivers power their cars at the start of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO/ Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 26: Fernando Alonso (R) of Spain and Ferrari leads from Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany and Red Bull Racing down to turn one at the start of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 26, 2010 in Singapore. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fernando Alonso;Sebastian Vettel
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso (2nd L) of Spain follows a safety car in the opening laps of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil speeds past the viewing stand during the qualifying round of the Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 25, 2010. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso stormed to pole position for the high-stakes Singapore Grand Prix on September 25, edging Sebastian Vettel to give his world championship hopes another timely boost. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 26: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari celebrates after winning the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 26, 2010 in Singapore. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fernando Alonso
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leads the race at the start of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Red Bull-Renault driver Mark Webber of Australia takes a corner during Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Red Bull-Renault driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany powers his car during the qualifying session for Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 25, 2010. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso stormed to pole position for the high-stakes Singapore Grand Prix, edging Sebastian Vettel to give his world championship hopes another timely boost. AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • McLaren-Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain powers his car during the third practice session for Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 25, 2010. Sebastian Vettel topped the times for Red Bull in the final free practice under lights for the high-stakes Singapore Grand Prix on September 25 ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso (C) of Spain leads the race at the start of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain powers his car during the qualifying round of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 25, 2010. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso stormed to pole position for the high-stakes Singapore Grand Prix, edging Sebastian Vettel to give his world championship hopes another timely boost. AFP PHOTO/Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain powers his car during the third practice session for Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 25, 2010. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso stormed to pole position for the high-stakes Singapore Grand Prix, edging Sebastian Vettel to give his world championship hopes another timely boost. AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany speeds around a turn during the qualifying round of the Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix night race in Singapore on September 25, 2010. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso stormed to pole position for the high-stakes Singapore Grand Prix on September 25, edging Sebastian Vettel to give his world championship hopes another timely boost.AFP PHOTO/ Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher of Germany powers his car during the third practice session of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 25, 2010. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso stormed to pole position for the high-stakes Singapore Grand Prix, edging Sebastian Vettel to give his world championship hopes another timely boost.AFP PHOTO/ Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain powers his car during the qualifying round of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 25, 2010. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso stormed to pole position for the high-stakes Singapore Grand Prix, edging Sebastian Vettel to give his world championship hopes another timely boost. AFP PHOTO/Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Toro Rosso-Ferrari driver Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland enters the circuit from pit lane during the second practice session of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore on September 24, 2010. AFP PHOTO/ Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • McLaren-Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain walks back to the paddock after his car collided with Red Bull-Renault driver Mark Webber of Australia during Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 26, 2010. Spain's Fernando Alonso in a Ferrari won an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel to put the world championship title race on a knife-edge. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso (R) of Spain celebrates his victory with second-placed Red Bull-Renault driver Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany as third-placed Red Bull-Renault driver Mark Webber of Australia (C-behind) gets out of his car at the end of Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 26, 2010. Alonso won an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel to put the world championship title race on a knife-edge. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Winning Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain reacts during the awards ceremony on the podium for Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 26, 2010. Alonso won an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel to put the world championship title race on a knife-edge. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)


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      • 4 Years Ago
      damn, watched the first ten mins then had to go
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm really getting sick of Speed & Fox preempting the end of race broadcasts for BS nascar and baseball. I really wanted to see the post-race interviews.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I missed the finish!

        I forgot to extend my recording by even a few minutes, so the recording ended about 3/4ths the way through the final lap.

        What's so great about NASCAR pre-pre-pre-race anyway? The race didn't start until 3 hours later.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is why I stream the BBC's coverage. No commercials, Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard and crew as commentators with no "dumbed-down" comments for the NASCAR fan that accidentally thought NASCAR Hot Wired, NASCAR Performance, NASCAR in a Hurry, NASCAR Race Hub, NASCAR Smarts, Race in 60, NASCAR Victory Lane or the Racing Chef was on.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hard to get a crane under a grand stand for the 2nd incident, but given the 2 safety car episodes I am very surprised there wasn't another with the Lotus in a ball of flames on the pit straight.
      • 4 Years Ago
      maybe the USGP will be a day/night race to screw with the engineers/strategists some more
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not a chance. The reason that they have the night races in the Middle East/Far East is so it can be seen at a reasonable hour in Europe. They don't want to get up at 7 am for a race like we get to ... a prime time night race in the US would mean a 1-3 am start in much of Europe.

        That ain't gonna happen. Actually, I imagine the pressure will be on to start as early in the day as possible to make it a late-afternoon/early-evening start in European markets ...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Night race for the first USGP in Austin? Interesting idea, especially if it's held after Montreal, which would mean mid-June, when it can be quite hot in central Texas already. But the promoter has no plans to install track lighting, and the overriding consideration is the European viewers - an early afternoon race time in Austin will mean prime time on the continent, and no one would give up that exposure.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the news going around F1 at the moment is that F1 in Austin will never happen. The BBC had a great chat with Bernie and Martin Brundle came out with this afterwards. Could well make sense seeing as we have so many new tracks popping up

        Probably because of the timings when it comes to Austin. There are lot of British people in F1. Many of the drivers live in England because of the teams being based there, engineers, team bosses/principals, race stewards, all either British or based in the UK therefore most of the races are set to be at the perfect time for the UK and the rest of Europe will only be an hour so out of that time so it works perfectly for them too.

        Right now it looks like the Rome street race has a good chance of becoming real, as well as India, Korea and a few others god knows what tracks will be thrown out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GO MARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn, Webber Senna'd Hamilton on that corner. Hamilton is my guy,but I'm glad Webber didn't back down, we need more ballsy moves like that. Sucks for Hamilton though, that pretty much sealed the deal for his chances at the title.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love this race. What a cool track.

      I'm not sure how I feel about the Webber/Hamilton incident. I agree that it was a racing incident, but I also feel that some other racing incidents this season have had drive thru penalties with them. If the stewards are going to be so involved, they should be more consistent about it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      . . .holy s.. where did Alonzo come from?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hard to say who is at fault in the Hamilton/Webber incident. Probably better off calling it a "racing incident" like the stewards did.

      Kudos to Kovalainen for having the presence of mind to get that burning Lotus to a safe place and then put the fire out himself.

      Great overtaking by Kubica in the final laps.
        • 4 Years Ago
        can not wait for Kubica to be 2011 Ferrari driver, hopefully.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Forza Ferrari!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm glad things started happening at the end, because it was a snoozer until then.

      Also, if they are going to set up a road course, they should have cranes set up to get cars off the course rapidly to avoid safety cars. Although, despite the whining except for the lack of cranes, this is a pretty good road course. It's fairly wide and has some interesting features, even if it doesn't have good passing areas.

      The safety car system in F1 just doesn't work. The point of the safety cars is to slow down the cars even more than a local yellow would so that work can be performed on the track safely. But it takes 3-4 laps for the cars to form up behind the safety car and during that time, the cars are racing very fast to catch up to it, slowing down near the work area for safety. But this is virtually unchanged from a local yellow! F1 really should find a way to get the cars to form up behind the safety car faster and delay the track work until that happens, or somehow to slow them more while they are circling before picking up the safety car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The drivers have a delta time appear on their steering wheels when the safety car is deployed - if they go faster than the time, they get investigated. (remember Valencia when about half a dozen got penalties post-race?)
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