I have missed a couple of Grand Prix since commenting on F1 so I would like to start this post with a brief overview of what I missed in the Far East Double bill before delving into the second part of the America’s double bill; starting with Malaysia:
Wow! What a race that was in Singapore! The first ever Formula One night race in the rain could well be a major defining moment of this years title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
Having set a new track record with an incredible pole position lap, Vettel held the initiative while Mercedes struggled at perhaps their weakest circuit of the season. Lewis Hamilton qualified 5th and was likely to lose the Championship lead he had gained in Monza. However, moving over to cover Max Verstappen at the start saw Vettel make contact with his teammate Kimi Raikkonen which would ultimately end all three of their races. They also collected the McLaren of Fernando Alonso at turn 1 who was bang unlucky to be tagged there after a fantastic start. Hamilton was the beneficiary and after an excellent drive; building a lead up on Daniel Ricciardo several times following three Safety car appearances despite the Red Bull being a quicker car around the Marina Street Circuit to take the chequered flag to become the second man in F1 history to win 60 Grand Prix. Ricciardo finished 2nd in Singapore for the third year running while Carlos Sainz (4th), Jolyon Palmer (6th) and Stoffel Vandoorne (7th) recorded their best ever finishes in F1.