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GP Week : Issue 102
31 F1 SINGAPORE >> part of ‘racing’ has not yet been written into the Sporting Code it is because this usually falls under the heading of good manners, logic and etiquette. If you want to know how to act as a backmarker, look at Timo Glock. Beyond that, the high cockpit sides and tiny mirrors of modern F1 cars wouldn’t have helped either Mark or Lewis. Anyway, Mark fought on. His car was damaged from the impact (“different balance from left to right!”) his tyres quickly wore down to the beads and his brake pedal was as long as a swagman’s toothpick – yet still Mark beat Jenson Button to the line to take a podium position on a difficult weekend. Without Mark’s earlier due diligence re tyres and brakes, Jenson would have had him, for sure. Afterwards, wiping away the sweat, he found time to congratulate Fernando and Seb on their “brilliant driving, all weekend” and even to refer to the backmarkers as “the guys in the slower cars”, so as not to cause offence. This night in Singapore, surely, a potential new world champion truly emerged. For the seven-times world champion, on the other hand, it was another inconclusive weekend. Michael enjoyed his rookie role on Friday, throwing his Merc around in the semi-wet as if he was Sebastian Buemi, 2009-spec, but he lost touch with his team-mate as the grip level improved. Michael for the first time this year adopted Nico’s set-up 100 per cent, which helped him into Q3, but then, in the race, he contrived to run into – or allow himself to be hit by – the entire BMW Sauber team. I guess we can still allow for Michael to be a couple of tenths away from par but there’s no way a guy of his experience should be so messy in traffic. He is now the flipside of a squeaky-clean Fernando Alonso. How was your day? The weekend ended with varying emotions across the podium (above) and out on the track, below.