Grand Prix 2018 Singapore Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

It is an oft quoted statement that if God had meant man to fly he would have given him wings. Similarly, if F1 cars were meant to race at night God would have given them headlights.

In the good old days of BE Ecclestone money talked very loudly and when the government of Singapore entered the offices of FOM with multiple suitcases full of dollars all Bernie could do was smile and pocket the cash. "But what about our TV audience," muttered one of Bernie's minions, "aren't they all in Europe?". "Oh crap" said Bernie "I know, let's run the race at 2pm GMT then I'm richer and all the mugs are happy". "Won't it be dark then though?" muttered a minion.

Bernie experimented with a 6v LED torch, he "acquired" from B&Q, strapped to the front of one of his old Brabhams but Bert Millander kept crashing it so Bernie went back to the nice people in Singapore and told them to turn all the street lights up to 11 as the race would be at night "to ensure that the primary TV audience was kept happy". Presumably those who would like to attend a race live without a 12 hour international flight don't matter.

Enough of my griping, this year is the tenth anniversary of F1's first night race. I don't think it's possible to forget the first race in 2008 but it did, at least, rid F1 of a large Italian gentleman as a team principal. Last year the race was suppose to be a slam dunk for Ferrari but Sebastian Vettel all but destroy his chance of taking the World Championship when he wiped out himself, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen before they had reached the first corner. Might something similar happen in 2018?

But what of Singapore itself? It was founded by Stamford Raffles in 1819, although I'm sure there must have been something there before this chinless British no-mark wandered up and decided to build some stuff. This does explain the Raffles Hotel and bar though. When the Empire crumbled It was originally part of the federation of Malaysian and became independent in 1963. The Singaporeans and Malaysian didn't get on too well so in 1965 Singapore went it's own way and in the process created the largest city-state in the world. That said, when your competition is Monaco and The Vatican you are probably going to win.

It has the 39th largest economy in the world, which for a country with no natural resources and a population of 5.6 million is quite astonishing. What is more astonishing is that it has the 3rd highest GDP per capita in the world! Since independence it was increased it's land mass by 23% but hasn't had to invade anyone to achieve this, it's all land reclaimed from the sea.

Although 2008 saw the first Championship Grand Prix, the first Grand Prix was held in Singapore in 1966 at the Thomson Road circuit (Thomson Road Grand Prix circuit - Wikipedia). Racing continued there until 1973, the poor safety record being a major contributor to events being stopped with 7 drivers losing their lives in 11 years. If you take a look on Google Earth the circuit layout is still there - Google Maps

To set you up for the GP round one of the cleanest cities on the planet here are a few weird facts.
  • You can't buy chewing gum in Singapore or bring it in to the country.
  • If you travel between Singapore and Malaysia in a Singaporean registered car you must have more than 2/3rds of a tank of fuel (this will be checked at the border) to stop people traveling to Malaysia for cheaper petrol.
  • Michael Fay, an American student, was once sentenced to 6 strokes with a cane for theft and vandalism. Bizarrely the United States, a country which still has the death sentence in many states and regularly puts adulst with the IQ of a child in the electric chair, considered this punishment harsh. It didn't seem to change the boy much as he has gone on to have a number of further run-ins with the law.
  • The longest human tooth was extracted in Singapore, it was 3.2 cm long
  • If you can get your hands on a 1,000 Singapore dollar bill the entire national anthem is printed on the back (in very tiny print)
  • Israel trains the Singapore army
Enjoy the race.
 

Bill Boddy

Professional layabout
Contributor
....My problem with F1, well with car racing in general, is that we are in a situation where every time that two cars bang wheel both drivers have to be placed under investigation and a penalty must be handed out.....

There are incidents where no penalty is given: racing incidents, the person who would have been penalised has crashed out and it is felt that that is sufficient.

Charlie Whiting does not give decisions, the most that he can do is pass an incident on to the stewards. One of the stewards is always a former driver, I would hope that they would behave in a fair and even manner having been there themselves.
 
There are incidents where no penalty is given: racing incidents, the person who would have been penalised has crashed out and it is felt that that is sufficient.

that is not what I would define as a racing incident, IMHO a racing incident is when the contact was unintentional and no party could have taken reasonable action to avoid it. What you are describing is a system where the penalties are linked to the outcome of an accident, something that if I remember the sporting regulations correctly is not even considered and I'd say for a very obvious reason: a driver is issued a fine for exceeding the speed limit irrespective of whether he or she caused an accident, but exceeding the speed limit is an aggravating factor if the culprit was exceeding the speed limit, I understand that it can look a matter of semantics but this is a rather fundamental difference because what is punished is the breach not the outcome
 

vintly

Mostly bacon
Premium Contributor
Referees, stewards, umpires... there's always gonna be some inconsistency in sporting decisions, and whatever the decisions there will always be fans who disagree with them. That's not to say the Perez incident didn't perhaps deserve a harsher punishment, but maybe there's more to come for Perez. I wouldn't be surprised.
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
I don't seeing mention but Romain Grosjean for his stupidity in ignoring the blue flags which Charlie described it as worst he has seen is actually 3 pts away from a race ban... now what Romain was not clever given he is still fighting for his seat so the last thing is to create an unexpected opportunity for someone to take over and be better

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As for Perez.... he can see a pink livery car with a pink helmut so how does he not know it aint his teammate?

He's just proven why no top team will sign him if he keeps bashing into drivers especially his own teammate
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
Referees, stewards, umpires... there's always gonna be some inconsistency in sporting decisions, and whatever the decisions there will always be fans who disagree with them. That's not to say the Perez incident didn't perhaps deserve a harsher punishment, but maybe there's more to come for Perez. I wouldn't be surprised.

True referrees get a bad rap some times rightly & sometimes wrongly. But as bad as it was he won't get any more punishment. Thats done & dusted. I wouldve given him a grid penalty as it was pretty bad ive seen canamasas in the old gp2 get sent to the back for similar. But its stewards decision
 
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F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
Im glad to see there worried because it was bad. It was return to the bad old days of 2015 us gp where they weren't racing. They were babysitting. Which is opposite of F1. Would it be so bad to indestructible tyres like in 2005.

Pirelli seeks answers to excessive tyre saving

Pirelli says it will look into what can be done to help Formula 1 avoid races being ruined by excessive tyre saving, Mario Isola says his company is aware that such high levels of tyre saving are not good, which is why he wants some talks to take place soon about how the problem can be solved in the future. "We need to analyse carefully the data because the risk is that we go softer and softer, we have tyres with more degradation, and the only result is that we have more management,"
 
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