Looking at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix

Congratulations to Fernando Alonso upon winning the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix – Formula 1’s first ever night race. In finishing ahead of Nico Rosberg (2nd, Williams), Lewis Hamilton (3rd, McLaren) and Timo Glock (4th, Toyota) he became the seventh different winner of a Grand Prix this season in what is, quite frankly, a dreadful car.

Admittedly he did get lucky when his team-mate, Nelson Piquet Jr., brought out the safety car with a crash on lap 15, but Alonso has been fast in the Renault all weekend. Once again Hamilton’s race was somewhat anonymous, but unlike title rival Felipe Massa, the Englishman picked up six points – Hamilton now leads the Drivers Championship by 7 points, while McLaren lead Ferrari in the Constructor’s by five.

An awful day for Ferrari and Massa, who would’ve picked up a number of points there not been another pit-stop failure. This is beginning to get serious though, as that is (off the top of my head) four incidents this season where the fuel line has come off the car and injured a mechanic – surely the FIA must be copping onto the fact that sooner or later, a mechanic will get killed during a stop. All in all, it was a very good race and a thoroughly deserved victory by Fernando Alonso in a car that should never be anywhere near the front.

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