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Monday, September 29, 2008
Yep, the first night race in Formula One history is over. And like the last sentence of my previous post, Welcome to Singapore Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard finally won a grand prix after one yr. Surely he's over the moon, considering he started on grid 15 after a dismay qualifying on Saturday. Being a Ferrari fan myself, I lost all motivation to carry on watching the race when Felipe Massa met with a pit lane incident which immediately signals the end of the race for him. See video below and watch how the fuel line got ripped off the fuel tank when 750bhp from the Ferrari engine sped off the pit.
The appearance of the safety car really changed the whole complexion of the race. The front runner of Massa n Kubica ended up as back markers after the crash of Piquet from the Renault team. It created so much chaos dat even Rosberg n Kubica were slapped with 10s stop-go penalty due to their entrance into the pit lane while it was closed. But I haf to say Renault, especially Alonso, had all the luck last night. After the crash from their another driver, it became a blessing in disguise n the blessing all went to Alonso. If not for Piquet's crash, there's no little chance Alonso can win the race wif so much ease. Renault team boss anticipated the appearance of the safety car n asked Alonso to pit very early in the race. N he was spot on. Dat early pit stop is the winning point for Alonso.
With 5 laps to go in the race, Ferrari's another driver Kimi Raikonnen made a mistake n crashed out. It's really poor concentration from the world champion and the Ferrari team finished the Singapore GP with zero points. As a result, they lost the lead of the Constructor's Championship to McLaren Mercedes. Had Kimmi finished the race in 5th, Ferrari would haf retained the lead. Watch how Kimmi crashed out in the video below. Was he dreaming when he made the turn?
The race ended juz on the dot of 2hrs, finishing the whole of the 61laps. I had thought it wasn't possible to finish all the laps when the safety car came out twice into the track. In the end, 3 different cars finished on the podium.
1st - Fernando Alonso (Renault)
2nd - Nico Rosberg (Williams-Toyota)
3rd - Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes)
I must say the best driver of the night has to be Nico Rosberg. Currently having a poor season by his standards, he managed to finish 2nd even with a 10seconds stop-go penalty. Dat is quite remarkable. N it was only his 2nd podium finish this season, his first coming from the first race of the season back in March at Melbourne when he finished 3rd. How ironic isn't it? Alonso started at 15th but finished 1st. Massa started at 1st but finished 13th. Ferrari muz be damn disappointed with wad happened ystd. Congrats to Fernando Alonso after his best finish of the season. Video below is the prize presentation ceremony.
Juz in case u dunno, Renault's team boss in the video is Flavio Briatore. He was the guy dat steered Michael Schumacher to 2 F1 champion title during the days at Benneton in 1994 n 1995, n also 2 F1 champion title for Fernando Alonso back in 2005 n 2006. But i dislike him, cos he dumped my favourite model, Heidi Klum, when she was pregnant with his child back in 2004. Seriously, with his crappy looks, n he's still able to hook up with someone like Heidi, I'm utterly jealous. But then, he's filthy rich, so much so dat he owns Queen Park Rangers football club in England.
With 3 races left in the season(Shanghai, Japan & Brazil), I guess Massa will proably lose out to Hamilton on the championship. He's now 7 points behind the Briton. Even if Hamilton finishes 1 position behind him in the remaining races, he will still win Massa. I keep my fingers crossed though. I hope Hamilton will lose the lead again like how he did so spectacularly last season.