Eight of the perfect Singapore Grand Prix F1 drives

The Singapore Grand Prix is among the races Components 1 has missed most through the years of COVID-affected calendars.

Not simply because it was F1’s first evening race, however as a result of the demanding Marina Bay road observe has been the scene of so many spectacular performances because it joined the calendar in 2008.

We’ve picked eight of our favourites. It’s definitely not an exhaustive checklist of the best F1 drives in Singapore, however the number of performances that immediately got here to thoughts after we requested our writers to appoint their selections of the perfect Marina Bay performances reveals the form of fascinating storylines this observe generates.

SEBASTIAN VETTEL – 2013

Scott Mitchell-Malm

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Singapore Grand Prix Qualifying Day Singapore, Singapore

Is there a extra defining instance of Sebastian Vettel’s 2013 season than…him not even being on observe?

The photographs of Vettel watching the ultimate runs of Q3 on the 2013 Singapore Grand Prix from the Crimson Bull storage, then celebrating pole place as Nico Rosberg (simply!) did not beat his earlier laptime, are iconic.

In a loopy, record-breaking run of dominance, Vettel was on fireplace in Singapore in a automotive that would have been tailored for the Marina Bay circuit. However considering you might have it beneath lock and key and don’t must trouble along with your remaining Q3 run? That’s one other stage of confidence.

Oh, and to high it off, Vettel completely crushed all people the subsequent day to win by greater than half a minute. This was him at his astonishing Crimson Bull greatest.

PASTOR MALDONADO – 2012

Josh Suttill

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Singapore Grand Prix Qualifying Day Singapore, Singapore

Pastor Maldonado and Williams’s 2012 season is likely to be greatest remembered for a giant-killing Spanish Grand Prix victory however they virtually added one other podium in Singapore.

As at Barcelona, Maldonado was second quickest in qualifying behind Lewis Hamilton with a brilliantly dedicated Q3 lap.

A tardy begin dropped him to fourth on the opening lap however he was again into the rostrum locations when race chief Hamilton’s McLaren expired.

He was holding his personal with a feisty defence of third place in opposition to his Barcelona victory rival Fernando Alonso earlier than a security automotive was referred to as following Narain Karthikeyan’s crash on the tight Flip 18 left-hander.

It was throughout this security automotive interval that Maldonado’s Williams suffered hydraulic failure. Not like another situations in 2012, the potential of Williams’s sturdy FW34 was squandered by no fault of Maldonado’s.

FELIPE MASSA – 2008

Edd Straw

Formula 1 Grand Prix, Singapore, Saturday Qualifying

Felipe Massa would possible have gained the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix however for Nelson Piquet Jr’s deliberate crash, but it surely’s usually forgotten that he was in that place because of an impressive qualifying lap.

Massa was mighty, taking pole place for Ferrari by 0.664 seconds with a exact lap wherein his capability to maintain the minimal nook velocity excessive was brilliantly showcased.

“The automotive was simply good, so good to drive easily,” mentioned Massa.

“I managed to do an ideal lap and it all the time helps when you might have a superb automotive and don’t make any single errors. That’s all the time an excellent achievement.”

JOLYON PALMER – 2017

Scott Mitchell-Malm

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Singapore Grand Prix Race Day Singapore, Singapore

I advocated this as a result of I just like the quirky combine about it: a career-best outcome, an extended overdue turnaround in fortune after a attempting 12 months spent in Nico Hulkenberg’s shadows, and a bittersweet actuality as Palmer knew he had misplaced his Renault drive for a minimum of the next season.

The chaotic first-lap crash sparked by the incident between Vettel, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen vaulted Palmer up the order however a candy transfer on Valtteri Bottas’s Mercedes on the restart – which meant Palmer ran within the high 5 within the opening stint – is definitely forgotten.

Palmer made nice use of his observe place to finally end sixth after a faultless drive. He’d solely begin yet one more grand prix, as Renault nonetheless opted to axe him earlier than the season ended, however the 2017 Singapore GP a minimum of gave him a day of days earlier than he disappeared from the grid for good.

MAX VERSTAPPEN – 2015

Josh Suttill

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Singapore Grand Prix Race Day Singapore, Singapore

To complete eighth from working a lap and a half down will normally require some fortune. And Verstappen’s drive on the 2015 Singapore GP definitely did within the type of a security automotive for a conflict between Massa and Hulkenberg that negated a lot of the time lack of Verstappen’s stall at first.

However it additionally featured some good team-order pushback as he defied a moderately harsh name to permit his Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz by – a choice that crew boss Franz Tost backed after the race.

As an alternative, the then rookie F1 driver was in a position to hold the progress he’d constructed from a spirited cost from the again which included some trademark Verstappen strikes, and bagged 4 factors from what had beforehand regarded like a hopeless Sunday.

PAUL DI RESTA – 2012

Jack Cozens

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Singapore Grand Prix Race Day Singapore, Singapore

Paul di Resta’s fourth place for Pressure India in 2012 may not have featured the identical grit and willpower, underdog heroics, or astonishing velocity as of a few of the different entries on this checklist.

It may not even be essentially the most head-turning drive from that 12 months’s grand prix. However it’s noteworthy for being the (equal) greatest results of his 59-race F1 profession.

Maybe what was most spectacular was simply how serene di Resta’s run was in a usually busy Singapore GP. A nice sixth in qualifying wasn’t as eye-catching as Maldonado’s exploits, however that and a superb launch off the road actually arrange his race.

Fourth on the end owed one thing to the retirements of Hamilton and Maldonado, however this was nonetheless a drive that put him head and shoulders clear on the day of Pressure India team-mate Hulkenberg – and di Resta wasn’t that removed from the rostrum both.

Alonso’s third regarded safe within the remaining stint regardless of a four-lap tyre benefit within the Pressure India driver’s favour. Besides, ending 4 seconds from a Ferrari (even that Ferrari) and trouncing Rosberg’s Mercedes plus Lotus pair Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean was among the many greatest performances from what was a really sturdy midfield cluster in 2012.

JEAN-ERIC VERGNE – 2014

Sam Smith

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Singapore Grand Prix Race Day Singapore, Singapore

Jean-Eric Vergne’s efficiency on the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix was notable for a lot of causes but it surely was all of the extra spectacular for its grit and fortitude.

Vergne was instructed simply earlier than the race that regardless of being three factors up on Toro Rosso team-mate Daniil Kvyat it will be he that departed the Crimson Bull set-up on the finish of 2014.

His weekend started badly when he merely failed to take advantage of the STR9’s apparent tempo in qualifying. He was true to his sincere status in relation to his personal efficiency and vowed to rectify issues on race day.

This he did with a wonderful efficiency, coming by from twelfth to sixth regardless of getting two five-second penalties for observe restrict violations.

It meant he stretched his factors benefit over Kvyat to 11 however the cube appeared to have been loaded from the beginning for the more and more pissed off Parisian.

NICO ROSBERG – 2016

Edd Straw

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Singapore Grand Prix Race Day Singapore, Singapore

Qualifying regarded set to be a tightly-fought contest between Mercedes, Ferrari and Crimson Bull till Rosberg blew the opposition out of the water and took pole by half a second.

He reckoned it was among the best laps of his profession and spoke of a “super-special feeling”.

Rosberg battled brake-temperature considerations and appeared to have the race beneath management, just for the chasing Daniel Ricciardo to make a 3rd cease – one impressed by Hamilton’s third go to to the pits after he switched to a extra aggressive technique.

Site visitors within the type of Felipe Nasr’s Sauber plus Ricciardo’s gorgeous out-lap meant Mercedes needed to go away Rosberg out, leaving him to carry off the charging Ricciardo by just below half a second.

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