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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Singapore race review: 2014

Qualifying was so interesting yesterday that I had high hopes for the race. I was not disappointed. My favourite race so far.

Mixed day for Mercedes with Hamilton winning and Rosberg's issue with the car. It wasn't a good sign for Rosberg when he had to start from the pit lane. He will be able to bounce back from this and I look forward to see these two battle on in 2 weeks time. Very well done to Hamilton who managed to stay in the lead for all but one lap. Survived the restart after the safety car and the Red Bulls.

The two Red Bulls looked strong, even had some of us wondering if Vettel was going to win the race! Ricciardo had issues with his car and managed to land a place on the podium. Ferrari had a better week. Alonso struggled with tyres but unfortunately could not get on the podium. Raikkonen got stuck behind a Williams and had a fairly quiet race. Both Williams drivers also had a quiet race. Massa seemed to be lonely but finished in a strong 5th place. However, Bottas' tyres lost all grip near the end of the race and sadly dropped out of a points position.

 McLaren had an interesting day. Sadly Button was unable to finish the race. Magnussen endured a tough race but managed to score one point. Which he said was 'the hardest point he has ever earned.' Well earned as well, some very good driving from him today. Force India both managed to gain points in todays race. Perez finished 7th even after the incident with Sutil that meant the safety car came out and he needed a new nose. Strong race for him. Hulkenberg had few battles today but drove a good race to finish 9th.


Lotus showed improvements in their car but was unable to get any points. Another team that showed improvements was Sauber. Gutierrez had a strong start and was challenging the points until he had to retire the car due to reliability issues. If that wasn't bad enough Sutil had to retire as well. Poor race for them. Torro Rosso will be happy with their race today. Vergne is clearly showing the other teams why he deserves a seat next year.

Down at the end of the field. despite Caterhams bad luck with Kobayashi not being able to start the race; Ericsson won the Caterham-Marussia battle. He finished a strong 15th and should be proud of his race. Ericsson is another driver who showed why he should be here next year. Marussia just seemed not to have the pace this weekend. This could be because the track didn't suit the car or Caterham have caught up.

I know I say this nearly every time but I really am very excited for the next race. These two weeks cannot go by quick enough!

-ShortySian

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