F1: MercedesAMG’s Nico Rosberg Wins Singapore Grand Prix
F1’s new Chairman, Chase Carey, attended for the 1st time since the Liberty Media (NASDAQ:LMCA) takeover.
Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) believes they made the right decision to pit Kimi Raikkonen for a 3rd pit stop in the Singapore GP, despite losing a podium step to Lewis Hamilton.
Mr. Raikkonen lost 3rd to Hamilton in pits having earlier overtaken him.
Singapore is a bumpy unforgiving track with 23 turns, puts every driver under the lights. It demands a perfect performance, and Nico Rosberg, 31 anni, rose to the occasion, driving as well as he ever has to take the win and the lead in the world championship while his MercedesAMG team-mate Lewis Hamilton came in 3rd in the battle with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo for the Chequered Flag.
Starting his 200th Grand Prix from Pole position, Mr. Rosberg converted the advantage into a 22nd career win, one which he said he is happy for and celebrates.
“Winning the Singapore Grand Prix is awesome. The whole weekend went perfectly, so yes, today it’s a big deal,” said Mr. Rosberg.
Pole had been crucial at a track where it is notoriously difficult to overtake and he made the most of it, with his 8th win of the season and marking his 200th Grand Prix start and a 1st at Singapore.
Since Y 2008 only world champions have won this race: Sebastian Vettel 4X Hamilton and Fernando Alonso 2X.
Mr. Rosberg when the season concludes he hopes that he will have joined their ranks, no driver has previously won 8ht grands prix in a season and not gone on to win the championship.
The race started with just 21 cars, after a mechanical failure saw Haas withdrawing Romain Grosjean as the cars went around for their formation lap.
The Safety Car made its appearance soon afterwards, as a shunt from Torro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz sent Nico Hulkenberg crashing and ending the Force India driver’s race on the opening straight.
The sport’s governing body, the FIA, is also investigating an incident when a track Marshall was caught by surprised and had to run for his life, after the race was allowed to resume following the Safety Car period.
Fireworks lit up the sky as Mr. Rosberg took the Chequered Flag.
The Top 10 finished:
1. Nico Rosberg
2. Daniel Ricciardo
3. Lewis Hamilton
4. Kimi Raikkonen
5. Sebastian Vettel
6. Max Verstappen
7. Fernando Alonso
8. Sergio Perez
9. Daniil Kvyat
10. Kevin Magnussen
Next: 2 October in Malaysia
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