The 2011 Formula one Singtel SingaporeGP was so special right from the beginning not just because it was an one-off race under dark but also Vettel could ve clinched his second successive world title and 9th driver ever to have won two titles if Fernando Alonso had n’t finish on podium, as well as Jenson Button and Mark Webber finished lower than second.
The race proved out to last long for the whole two hour stipulated race time and the 5 KM Marina Bay Circuit never a doubt one of the gruelling tracks on the calender.This track has the average speed and downforce higher than its street sibling Monaco and has 23 corners which is the second highest for any track in F1.5% of the engine power is lost due to the sweltering conditions. This is one of the worst power loss figures of the season, after Nurburgring and Interlagos which are at altitude.
The race starting grid was amazing as the top 5 teams lined up their drivers side by side to occupy the front 5 rows.Vettel was the poleman alongside him was Webber ,Jenson and Lewis 2nd row followed by Alonso and Massa ,Rosberg and Schumacher 4th grid and for the first time both Force India drivers were in point scoring spots Sutil and Resta 9th and 10th respectively.Petrov dropped out of Q1 as the Renaults struggled much and Kobayashi had his flying moment in Turn 10 during qualifying.
The cars on the dirtyside angled across as Webber was hoping to tuck behind Vettel.His bad run of starts continued here too as vettel pulled away clear in to Turn 1 ,JB , Alonso ,Webber,Massa,Rosberg,Schumi and Hamilton followed.Lewis was squeezed behind Webber,the Mercedes cars went around the outside and got the better of Hamilton.Ricciardo damaged his front wings in the early lap.Hami started where he left off with Schumi in Monza ,the DRS enabled Lap3 helped him pass Schumi and at lap5 Rosberg.Webber reported that he had some problem with his DRS but nevertheless he put a move on Alonso for P3,this battle closed the gap between Massa and Lewis to Alonso.
Rosberg was the first to pit ,Alonso in lap11 dived in to pits for fresh set of rubbers.Hamilton pursued Massa thats where the drama begun,they pitted together, Hami closed in on Massa who got the inside line and chipped his undertray which left Massa with a right rear puncture.Somehow he crawled back in to pits and gone down to the bottom.Meanwhile yellow flags were waved ;Hamilton went in to change his damaged front wing and earned a drive-through penalty for that collision.
Webber lost position to Alonso after his pitstop so he had to do what he did once again.Di Resta was the only driver who strapped prime tyres at the start out of the top 10.In lap18 he was up to p3 and Sutil didn’t make any mistakes and stayed p9 after his stop.The top teams worked their way through and regained their spots.
In lap 27 there was a situation when Schumi put new boots on and setted fastest lap of the race.Perez was ahead of him who was running in worn out rubber.Sutil letted Resta through wisely who was on fresh tyres Rosberg was behind him and chased him;he made a slight mistake ,Perez tried to capitalize on it but Nico managed to gain position.Schumi tried to go around the right side of Perez who had less traction due to his tyres.Unfortunately he hit perez’ back ,flew off a bit and brought the SC exactly at half way through the race.
Seb and JB took advantage of the situation and pulled in for pit stop.At one point he was leading the race with extending the lead of one sec per lap .However, his 20sec lead until lap 30 was minimised to 12 sec after the SC.During lap 37 DRS was enabled and Hamilton who was once at p16 came through the pack and also ease passed Massa to attain P5.Massa had to go around for yet another pitstop which put him right back to p9.Resta was matching the time sheets of pit stopped Sutil before making the 1st pitstop of his own.Frustrated Massa on Hamilton said : “My thoughts is that again, I told you yesterday, he cannot use his mind. Even in qualifying, so you can imagine in the race”
The struggling Ferrari of Alonso was stunned by a great move of Webber in Turn 10 Singapore Sling .Lap 48 to 51 saw the front-runners pit for the last time .Vettel was forced to make his pit stop to hold on to his lead.Webber lead Alonso firmly to take the final podium finish .Button brings excitement to every race ,this time he didn’t disappoint too.He drove immensely well 2sec a lap faster than Vettel in the closing stages. Vettel was hampered by the backmarkers ,even Button too, who lost some valuable time behind Kobayashi.Kobayashi incurred a penalty for ignoring blue fags.At the last lap both Williams FW33 cars were fighting for position,Button lost about 1.9 seconds behind them.Vettel won the Singapore GP for the first time with Jenson Button just 1.7 seconds adrift.
Resta managed to hold off Rosberg behind him and extended their constructors lead over Sauber.Schumacher was given a reprimand for his collision with Sergio Perez during the Singapore Grand Prix.Lotus received an €10,000 (£8,760) fine for unsafely releasing Heikki Kovalainen into the path of Sebastian Vettel when Kovalainen pitted on lap 47.Renault were fined following a mix-up on the radio with Bruno Senna.Renaults were pretty much slow in the tight corners of SingaporeGP.
Timo Glock was the first to retire when he damaged his suspension in Turn 19 and a similar incident occured towards the end for Alguersuari .Trulli made a good start ,he was running in p11 once he must be disappointed with his retirement due to gearbox problem.Team Lotus matched the pace of STR and even Renault for quite a few laps.Except the top 6 drivers all the other drivers were lapped by Sebastien Vettel.
Button has the only potential chance of winning the title from Vettel if he win all the remaining races without Seb scoring any point on board which means Vettel is just a point away from winning the title.RedBull Racing are just inches away from securing the world constructors championship from the mighty Mclaren and the SingaporeGP maintained its record of safety cars in every single race held there .
2011 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
Note – Liuzzi qualified 24th, but had a five-place grid penalty for causing a collision at the previous round.
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