Rosberg delight at Singapore win
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Sep 19, 2016,
Sep 19, 2016, 1:08
The Briton, now a pundit on English television, was a keen observer in Singapore yesterday as Nico Rosberg held off Daniel Ricciardo's late challenge to win at the Singapore Grand Prix.
However, it did not take long for the track to be cleaned up, and Rosberg continued his domination, but realized with a three second gap on lap nine that his brakes were beginning to wear down fast, and even if he began to solve this problem, the later part of the race developed another situation: tire wear.
This year's edition provided yet another twist in the world title fight, and Rosberg - who had previously revealed his dislike for the Singapore circuit - could well be singing a different tune about Marina Bay if he wins his first world title in his 10-year F1 career this year.
"It's been an awesome weekend in Singapore", Rosberg said. I had a great start and a great vehicle.
"I'm sitting here pretty happy because I felt I did all I could". "I couldn't come in at the same time as Daniel because I was in traffic". Spain's Fernando Alonso held his nerve to win the race, but his Renault team-mate Nelson Piquet Jr later admitted that he purposefully crashed under team orders to bring out the safety auto and enhance Alonso's chances of winning.
A marshal was still on the track clearing debris, apparently unaware the race had restarted, and just managed to run out of the way as the field flashed past.
"I'm pretty happy because I felt I did all I could - the ideal race", said Ricciardo. "I hope to repeat it in Malaysia, I'm feeling good, and I want to win Malaysia next".
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Hamilton suffered through the first two-thirds of the race with overheating brakes on the punishing stop-start circuit. Said Ricciardo. "We gave it a good shot, and we had a good strategy. It was close, but we are up here again and it feels great".
"We've come from 43 points down so theoretically eight points isn't anywhere near as steep as that but still, Nico's been performing fantastically well".
The move worked for Mercedes - it leapfrogged Hamilton back ahead of Raikkonen and despite being on super-soft tyres rather than the ultra-softs chosen by Ferrari, Hamilton was comfortably able to hold on to the final podium place.
Raikkonen made his second stop at the end of the lap, Hamilton a lap later, and the world champion rejoined still in fourth place. Ricciardo finished second, just 0.4s behind Rosberg, their battle to the finish line only became clearer in the final ten laps.
Hamilton, who remains one victory shy of his 50th in the sport, added: "A big congratulations to Nico".
"It was a very tough day today as it always is here in Singapore".
"It's been a tricky weekend for me but I'm glad to get points for my team".