by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
GP Week : Issue 228
an air gap back to his former teammate to safeguard his position. As things played out that didn't matter anyway when a moronic spectator made his way on circuit. It triggered the safety car and a flurry of pitstop activity; the strategy play Red Bull had hoped for had been snatched away again, blunting their challenge for top spot. There was no doubt Vettel was the fastest car on track but what the race didn't show is who was the fastest over a complete stint. Red Bull thinks it was Ricciardo, and there is evidence to support that, but it was never able to exploit its perceived advantage. Throughout the weekend Kimi Raikkonen struggled to match his teammate's pace. He was almost a second off Vettel's best in qualifying and in the race crossed the line in a distant third place, 17 seconds in arrears. When one allows for the second safety car and the fact the field was running nose to tail behind it with 20 laps remaining that equates to almost a second a lap difference. Still, third was a solid result and marked just his second podium appearance of the season. If Daniel Ricciardo's race was compromised by the safety car, Daniil Kvyat's race was destroyed. The Russian had settled into fourth in the opening phase of the race before pitting moments before the virtual safety car was deployed for the Hulkenberg/ Massa incident. Speed limited as a result, he fell down the order as those who hadn't stopped effectively received a free pass. Kvyat's race never really recovered and he trailed both Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas home as a result. Fourth place for Rosberg may have been under whelming for the Mercedes driver but it handed him an important 12 points in a race where championship leader Lewis Hamilton scored none. When Hamilton was in the race he ran ahead of Rosberg, so it looked almost certain that the reigning world champion would extend his points advantage. For Rosberg to have therefore closed the gap should be the positive he takes out of what was a poor weekend for the team. Such has been Mercedes' dominance over the last 18 months that fourth place and the third row of the grid is considered a failure. The team still holds a commanding position in the constructor's championship and its two drivers head the driver's title, but on balance the weekend wasn't up to the level we've grown accustomed to seeing from the squad. It's the second time in four races too, because the Hungarian Grand Prix was a calamity of errors which netted them a result far below what they were capable of. In Singapore, Rosberg maximised what was available to him. No matter what the team may claim – that it had the pace and strategy with Hamilton to win the race – it was never truly 21 GPWEEK.com // 21 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SINGAPORE PARTNERS: