Time to see who was a Singapore Flyer and who had too many Singapore Slings – yes, it’s Driver Consistency time!!! If you need more info on my calculation methods then please refer to my post on Driver Consistency Explained.
So who was the most consistent? Here is a graph showing the average lap times and standard deviation for the Singapore Grand Prix:
(Note: The laps where race was run under the Safety Car have been excluded as these are not considered ‘Racing Laps’)
The graph is a little more mixed up than last time, due to a lot of drivers retiring which always jumbles up the results. However, it does match the finishing order for the most part, so there is not much more to be said. Instead, let us look at the ‘Racing Laps’ – that is, all the timed laps except for pit stops and those run under the Safety Car:
So Hamilton was still fastest, but Vettel jumps ahead of Glock and Alonso. Rosberg (without his penalty for crossing the white line) would have been sixth, whereas after qualifying I predicted he would be fourth or fifth – almost RG-esque there ;) I also managed to pick the correct winner and the Brawns scoring points, although I did get it wrong about Red Bull doing well :(
Button is only seventh quickest because of brake problems near the end of the race, Heidfeld would have been soundly beaten by Kubica anyway and Webber would have not finished in the points, even if he did make it to the end of the race.
Street circuits are often hard to judge because pace can often be determined by who a driver was stuck behind in the race, due to a lack of overtaking. Today’s race was no different – after a bit of jostling on the first lap, there was not much action during the race. Sadly, while Singapore may be pretty, it does not offer much more excitement than Valencia.
The race was only interesting to see which Brawn driver would affect the gap between them in the championship. Rosberg showed again that he still has to prove that he has what it takes to win – in my eyes he is overrated and a better driver in that car would have won by now.
Yet again, he showed pace in a quick car, yet he fell off the pace and made a fundamental mistake leaving the pits (crossing over the white line), resulting in a drive-through penalty. How many more excuses will people make before they realise that he just is not good enough, I wonder?
In contrast, Glock did brilliantly well to get the Hilux into second place – and had Toyota won, it would have surely have cemented their place in the sport next year… I will award Mr. Glock my “Prime Number of the Race” award for a brilliant drive “:D
Red Bull all but ruled themselves out of contention for the championship – Webber crashed out after an apparent brake failure and Vettel speeding in the pitlane and then damaging the floor of his car, he did not score many points today, meaning that he only really has a mathematical chance of winning the championship..
The Brawn boys – well, they really made a silk purse out of a sow’s ear today. Jenson could not get out of Q2, and Rubens had to start tenth after a gearbox penalty, but managed to finish fifth and sixth after good use of strategy and keeping consistent pace during the race.
If Button scores 5 more points than Barrichello next race (I.E. fourth place or above if Barrichello does not score), then he will be champion. It is worth noting that it is becoming increasingly difficult for the Brawns to win now the other teams have caught up, and that Hamilton lost a 17-point lead with two races to go in 2007, to lose to Raikkonen by one point… so either we could have the whole thing sewn up by this time next week or it could be blown right open…
Did you enjoy the race? Do you like the circuit? Do you think Rosberg is the next big thing? Who was your star of the race? Will Button be champion or will Barrichello catch him up? As always, I’d love to hear from you so let me know your thoughts in the comments…