The Singapore GP was over for championship leader Nico Rosberg before it started after his Mercedes-AMG Hybrid refused to start on the grid, forcing the driver to start from the back of the grid. Unlike his rival and teammate Lewis Hamilton, however, Rosberg was unable to recover. After deliberately stalling his car on pit lane in a bid to fix some electrical gremlins, Rosberg was unable to get the car restarted and retired from the race. That retirement effectively handed the win- and the championship lead- to Hamilton.
Behind Hamilton, the Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo finished a close 2-3, with Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari in 4th. That 4th for Ferrari, however, could have easily been a 3rd or 2nd if Vettal and Ricciardo hadn’t put in epic drives of their own- putting in competitive lap after lap on badly worn tires.
Further back, an epic mid-pack battle for 6th-11th saw Jean-Eric Vergne and Sergio Perez dice up the much more highly-rated cars of Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Hulkenburg, and Felipe Massa. Their drives today, more than ever, beg the question of whether Red Bull was right in handing Vergne’s 2015 seat to rookie Max Verstappen and whether McLaren made the right decision by canning Perez (who finished ahead of both their chosen drivers in the supposedly superior McLarens) at the end of last year.
That’s speculation for another time, perhaps. For now, Lewis is back in the championship lead, Red Bull seems to be well and truly still in the game, and Fernando Alonso has proven that he can wrestle a competitive Singapore GP out of an underperforming car yet again. Here’s how the Singapore GP played out for everyone else:
|FORMULA 1 2014: SINGAPORE GP RESULTS – FINAL|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||2|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||3|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||7|
|27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||9|
|4||Max Chilton||Marussia-Ferrari||-1 Lap|