2022 Singapore Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: The policing of the budget cap was always going to be a bear. And now comes the moment of truth -- will this ever work?
EVENT: Singapore is back! Bigger and better than ever.
TRACK: It is fascinating how this track does not dry off. Like at all.
QUALIFYING: This time Red Bull makes a mistake, Leclerc shows Ferrari is still fast over one lap, Hamilton comes oh so close, Russell switches to slicks too early and fails, Alonso switches to slicks early and manages it, and Ricciardo continues his swan song.
RACE: The conditions actually took away passing opportunities with no DRS and strategy with no tire compound switching.
START: Perez does it to Leclerc again like at Baku, Verstappen has a terrible time, Vettel shoots up, and Magnussen still hasn't learned.
PEREZ: An absolutely stupendous drive. (We'll just ignore the illegal shenanigans with the safety car procedure...)
VERSTAPPEN: Max is indeed human.
RED BULL: However how much money they spent, it was money well spent.
LECLERC: Another pole. Another non-win.
SAINZ: Trailed his teammate again.
FERRARI: Well, they didn't do anything wrong. They just didn't do enough.
RICCIARDO: Daniel's strongest race in a long time...
MCLAREN: ...Which helped his team jump ahead of Alpine...
ALPINE: ...Thanks to the powerless French.
ASTON MARTIN: Much, much better than their previous outings. Much better.
HAMILTON: Lewis should know better.
RUSSELL: Brave. Gambler. Stubborn. Foolhardy. Take your pick.
LATIFI: The least surprising move of the year -- Nicholas is not renewed.
TSUNODA: Gets another year. Questionable.
ZHOU: Gets another year. Deserved.
ALPHATAURI: Still pondering over sending Gasly to Alpine and grabbing de Vries.
WILLIAMS: Just what will this team do to fill the other seat? Is American Logan Sargeant really a possibility?
FIA: Was the whole delay over investigating Sergio Perez a way to make sure they could choose a penalty which would not cost him victory? The delay just seemed so odd.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Penalty.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 350 -- Fernando Alonso breaks the F1 record for number of starts.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Fernando Alonso's F1 debut was the 2001 Australian GP (which was also Kimi Raikkonen's F1 debut) in a Minardi. Alonso qualified 19th and finished 12th, two laps down from winner Michael Schumacher. The race was overshadowed by the death of course marshal Graham Beveridge, who was struck by the detached wheel of Jacques Villeneuve after he crashed with Rolf Schumacher on the fifth lap.
TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: From the official Formula 1 Twitter account: At 11:11:11 the chequered flag was waved in Singapore, as car number 11 crossed the line to take victory.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: George Russell after switching to slicks well before anyone else, "No grip." Ya think?!
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Christian Horner on the accusations against Red Bull concerning the budget cap, "The submission between the team and the FIA is one that is confidential. I have no idea what the outcome of our rival submissions are, or their accounting treatments. I would be intrigued to know where their source of information for these fictitious claims have come from." And for once, we agree with Horner.
SCHEDULE: First Singapore. And now Japan is back. But this time without an official Honda presence.
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