2009 Singapore Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Though the excitement is still there race to race, the championship battle is becoming anti-climatic.
EVENT: Singapore is rapidly becoming the Monaco of Asia.
TRACK: The track may be a bit faster and roomier than Monaco, but it's still limited in racing.
QUALIFYING: It was building up to be another exciting qualifying session, but spoiled by Barrichello's crash, especially since Vettel and Rosberg were on very hot laps at the time.
RACE: Since there were no crashes on purpose, it was a typical F1 street race.
START: Good call on Webber's penalty for gaining an advantage by running off the track. Too bad these rulings can't be consistent across all races.
HAMILTON: Lewis seems to be enjoying himself more without the pressure of a championship battle.
GLOCK: Excellent showing for Timo and Toyota.
TRULLI: Then why can't Jarno do this?
TOYOTA More and more signs point to their withdrawal.
ALONSO: A podium spot at Singapore. Legally.
ROSBERG: What an idiot. An opportunity, finally, for a much needed great finish, and Nico throws it away because he can't stay on the proper side of the pit exit curb.
VETTEL: What an idiot, squared. A great opportunity to stay in the championship hunt, and Sebastian throws it away because he can't press a button properly.
SUTIL: What an idiot. Cubed. Way to keep your foot in it and knock out one of your competitors.
HEIDFELD: What a lousy way to end your 40-race completion streak.
BUTTON: Jenson probably feels slightly more comfortable now. Slightly.
BARRICHELLO: Rubens is probably going to need some help now in order to catch his teammate.
RAIKKONEN: Back to the old don't give a sh*t Kimi.
FISICHELLA: Not exactly lighting that Ferrari on fire...
ALGUERSUARI: How many crew members did Bourdais ever run over in the pit lane?
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Bans.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Infinite -- The amount of time Flavio Briatore is banned from F1.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The first Singapore Grand Prix, though not part of the Formula One World Championship, took place in 1966 won by Lee Han Seng in a Lotus 22 Ford run to Formula Libre rules. However, the same circuit hosted races before Singapore gained their independence in 1965. Originally called the Orient Year Grand Prix in 1961 before being renamed the following year to the Malaysian Grand Prix through 1965.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Lewis Hamilton about making up for the last race: "I wanted to redeem myself after the last lap in Monza - and we got it!"
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Nick Heidfeld was quite blunt about what he thought of Sutil's antics, "I think we need to find Sutil a new brain."
SCHEDULE: Back to Suzuka with a number of drivers who have never raced there.
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