With Webber finishing down in 6th and Hamilton retiring early on at the famed Italian circuit, good results for Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel have brought them right back into the fight.
It means that this weekend’s night race at Marina Bay in Singapore could be hugely important – especially if the weather forecast proves to be correct. Heavy rain and thunder storms are expected tomorrow (and for the rest of the weekend) and while they’re not expected to fall during the sessions themselves, drainage could be a problem for the drivers. As this is the only Grand Prix under lights, there may be worries about the possibility of drivers been partially blinded by floodlight reflections from a shiny, wet surface should the rain arrive.
Prior to the Italian Grand Prix, the title race was supposedly down to just Webber and Hamilton, but now the title challengers are all within one win of eachother – all it could take is one mistake and the face of the Championship will change irrevocably, again.
One driver not challenging for the title that may yet still get a few column inches is Nick Heidfeld. The former-Mercedes driver returns to Sauber to replace Pedro de la Rosa who was dropped just after the Italian Grand Prix – it will be Heidfeld’s first race since he drove for the Sauber squad (in the guise of BMW) at last November’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.