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GP Week : Issue 168
27 GPWEEK.com // 27 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> SINGAPORE decision by explaining that it was Schumacher’s second such collision – both with Vergne – over the course of the 2012 season. It was the stewards who worked hardest in Marina Bay on Sunday evening, overseeing investigations and penalties for nearly half of the drivers left on track at the end of play. In addition to the Vettel-Button and Schumacher-Vergne incidents already mentioned, the stewards were kept busy investigating Mark Webber, who was eventually issued with a post-race drive- through penalty for gaining an advantage by leaving the track when passing Kamui Kobayashi. During the race, the back of the pack chaos at Turns 1 and 2 of the first lap was reviewed for possible penalties before the stewards determined that there were no penalties to be issued. Another racing incident under consideration before being dismissed without penalty was a lap 43 near miss between Bruno Senna and Felipe Massa; the two Brazilians enjoyed an aggressive dice that saw the Ferrari driver narrowly avoid seeing his race end in the wall. After months of constant criticism, the Singapore Grand Prix saw a return to form for Massa, who is fighting to save his Ferrari seat. A typically poor qualifying session was negated when the Paulista recovered from a first lap puncture to finish in P8 following an impressive drive from the back of the pack. Massa’s performance on Sunday was reminiscent of the fighting spirit we last saw in 2008 – purple lap followed purple lap, and the second Ferrari worked its way up the grid with a series of impressive overtaking manoeuvres on cars the Brazilian has become more accustomed to trailing. While Hamilton’s championship chances were seriously dented on Sunday night, the worst affected team in Singapore was Williams, the only outfit to see both drivers retire. Having already said goodbye to a possible podium from their front row start when Maldonado was called in to the pits, Bruno Senna was forced to retire on the 57th lap of what became a 59 lap race due to the FIA’s new regulations concerning maximum race duration. The second Williams driver was miles outside the points when a total loss of power forced him to stop his FW34 on track, capping off a disastrous weekend for the team, and for Senna himself. The Brazilian driver’s F1 future has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks, and Senna did himself no favours spending seemingly every session becoming overly intimate with the walls and barriers of the Singapore circuit. When all was said and done, the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix was a race of attrition that saw nearly one-third of the grid retire. Defined by its penalties and its Safety Cars, there is a very good chance that the night spent racing under the Singapore streetlights will have itself defined the 2012 drivers’ championship. For more of Windsor on F1 watch The Flying Lap live every week on http://smibs.tv