Alonso wins Singapore GP, as Webber and Hamilton tangle
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Alonso wins Singapore GP, as Webber and Hamilton tangle
Posted By: James Allen  |  26 Sep 2010   |  3:44 pm GMT  |  195 comments

Fernando Alonso won the Singapore Grand Prix by a margin of just 0.2 seconds after a race long battle with Sebastian Vettel on a day when the gloves well and truly came off between championship rivals Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton.

The pair, who were one and two in the championship going into the race, were fighting for third place when they collided following a restart from a safety car period.

It was Alonso’s 25th career victory, putting him level with the great Jim Clark and only two behind Jackie Stewart. More significantly it was his third win in five races and the momentum is definitely with him now in the championship. He lies just 11 points behind Mark Webber, who finished third today.

Three wins in five races put Alonso right back in the hunt (Ferrari)


Alonso defended very robustly at the start, possibly paying Vettel back for a similar move in Germany. Vettel slotted into second place, ahead of Hamilton and Button.

Further back Liuzzi and Heidfeld made contact and that damaged Liuzzi’s car. He stopped out on track causing the race director to send out the safety car. This brought in most of the cars from 12th place downwards, but it also brought in championship leader Mark Webber. This was a brave gamble by Red Bull, where arguably there was no need to gamble.

It put Webber into another race like Hungary, where he was on a different strategy to the rest of the field. The difference was that in Hungary the Red Bull had a big performance advantage, here it did not.

The aim was to try to jump both McLarens, but it required Webber to pass the slower cars in front of him, like Glock, Kobayashi, Schumacher and Barrichello to stay close enough to the leaders to make it work. He also had to do 57 laps on a set of tyres. He admitted afterwards that he questioned the team about the decision and wondered at times whether it would come off.

The safety car came in on lap 7 and by lap 10 Webber was past Glock and Kobayashi but already 14 seconds behind the leader, lapping two seconds slower. He passed Schumacher on lap 10 for eighth place.

At the front Alonso opened up a lead over Vettel, at a consistent 3/10ths of a second per lap. Vettel didn’t seem able to respond, apart from one lap where he took a tenth out of Alonso. But the gap continued to grow to the McLarens who were a second a lap slower in the opening stint. After a promising qualifying session, where Hamilton had been just a tenth off the Red Bull, this was a disappointing showing on full tanks.

Webber got caught behind Barrichello and this stopped his progress. As the McLarens toiled on the tyres, Hamilton was in range for Webber once the stops kicked in. Hamilton blinked on lap 29 and when he rejoined he was behind Webber.

Lap 30 saw the two leaders in, Vettel had closed up on Alonso, but there was nothing to be done in the stops, Vettel had a poor getaway, but it wouldn’t have made a difference anyway.

Button pitted on the same lap and duly fell behind Webber as well.

On lap 32 Kobayashi crashed at Turn 18 and Senna hit him, forcing another safety car. Kubica and Barrichello pitted and that took Webber up to the third place his early strategy gamble was aimed to achieve. Even better, the safety car meant he was right on his team mate’s gearbox.

At the restart Hamilton attacked Webber, as they came up to one of the Virgin cars. Webber lost momentum getting past and this allowed Hamilton alongside on the outer line.

Webber defended the inside line into Turn 8 and as Hamilton turned across him, they collided, putting Hamilton out of the race. It was his fourth retirement of the season and the second in a row due to contact with another car when trying to pass, something he has usually been sure footed on.

The stewards, guided by driver steward Danny Sullivan, decided that no further action should be taken. Part of the reason for that is because the aggrieved party, Hamilton, was on the outside of the corner, which is always harder to judge blame on than an inside pass.

“He had to have a go. Lewis was a bit ahead, but it was similar to the last race with Felipe,” said Webber. “This can happen sometimes, we brake on the limit, it was incredibly tight and we hit hard, possibly enough to put both of us out of the race.”

Hamilton was understandably gutted by his second accident in as many races, “I saw Mark made a mistake and got caught by a backmarker so I knew I could slipstream him into Turn Seven and I thought I was enough past him, ” he said. “I couldn’t see him and turned in and left enough room and the next thing I know I got hit. I don’t know what happened. I’ll have to watch it on TV and see what really happened. Twenty points is massive and with four races to go that is a big gap, I have to get my head down and hope for something.”

In the second phase of the race, on the hard tyres, Vettel was faster than Alonso and closed to just a second. Button was also faster than Webber, but didn’t try an attack.

Kubica pitted for a second time due to a suspected puncture. On new tyres, he scythed past the cars who were struggling on old tyres, passing Petrov and Massa.

Sullivan and the stewards were also called into action to judge a collision between Schumacher and Heidfeld – again they decided that no further action was needed.

Towards the end there was a spectacular fire for Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus, which robbed him of a 13th place which could have secured their position ahead of Virgin in the new teams’ championship battle.

Alonso is now second in the championship, he has scored the most points of any driver in the last five races,
“Anything can happen” he said. “One of us can win two or three consecutive races or you can retire and it puts you out of the championship. We can say that now I am in my peak, 100% of my motivation and concentration. It feels like the championship starts now and I’m very happy to go to Japan.”

SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX, 61 Laps
1. Alonso Ferrari 1h57:53.579
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 0.293
3. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 29.141
4. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 30.384
5. Rosberg Mercedes + 49.394
6. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth + 56.101
7. Kubica Renault + 1:26.559
8. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 1:52.416
9. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth + 1:52.791
10. Massa Ferrari + 1:53.297
11. Petrov Renault + 1 lap
12. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap
13. Schumacher Mercedes + 1 lap
14. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap
15. Di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth + 2 laps
16. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth + 3 laps

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1

Great drives from Vettel, Webber, Button and Hamilton until his bad luck.

A mature drive from Vettel and some great overtaking by Webber inspite of the Redbull characteristic crash driving into Hamilton’s McLaren (the third Redbull collsion into a McLaren this season). Could be the critical factor for McLaren losing the WCC to Redbull.

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http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lets-get-rid-of-Eddie-Jordan/76395742563

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=145222550033

http://forums.itv.com/thread/817151.aspx

just a few examples, there are many ,many more out there.

you do realise he is getting paid high wages, and jetting round the world, on our licence money, so i feel we do have a say in the matter, get rid of eddie jordan, no one wants him on tv, fact.

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Boring race by the way, as most people agree on other forums.

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Pete, it wasnt boring. Im a die hard web fan and loved the first half of the race watching him pick of Michael and others, then on the back half Kubica doing his thing.

It was only boring if you only fancy one

driver. The championship is alive so stay tuned !

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[mod]
yes it was boring, if you want to see actual racing, if grand prix wants to be a sport, it should all have the same car designs, and the actual best driver wins, not the lucky sod to get the best car, f1 is not a sport , it is a business, and it is boring, if it wasnt for schumacher, me and many schumacher fans wouldnt bother watching it, fact.
bernie knows f1 is struggling with popularity, and he will try to change things soon.

6

Agree that it was boring. F1 does not need street circuits such as Singapore inspite of the ‘at night’ racing spectacle. The race is almost won and lost in qualifying with so little overtaking opportunities during the race. Processional racing at its worst.

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There you go guys,the interview with schumacher and bernie. http://www.formula1.com/news/interviews/2010/8/11154.html

8

Good replys, but please put yourself in schumachers situation, lets just say someone on tv , said that you were not good at your job, and put you down on world tv, you would take offense, im sure you would, as anyone on this forum would, its called DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER, putting down that person, by broadcasting it across the world is just so wrong, schumacher is a great champion and deserves respect.

When eddie was spouting his drivel on tv, did you see martin brundle looking very uncomfortable in the seat next to him, and he did not back up eddies viewpoint, here are the facts, you check out all the forums, and you will see, most people want him sacked, and lets get jackie stewart in.

Eddie continually keeps calling for schumacher to get the sack, when it should be him getting the sack, and getting someone in , with a balanced view, possibly you, at least you talk sense, and good forum by the way.

If you dont believe that eddie is slagging off a great 7 times world champion, who has done so much for f1, you go and watch all the races you broadcasted, and you listen to everything he says about michael ,it will open your eyes, us schumacher fans are livid with the constant, slagging off of him by this man, we ask for fairness, he never says it to schumachers face does he, whys that? us fans know why.

I know lots of schumacher fans have written to bbc and bernie ecclestone about this.

We fans just want schumacher in a competitive car, to see if he still has the magic, thats all, its not too much to ask is it.

And james did you see the interview with schumacher and bernie ecclestone, when bernie was asked, if schumacher had the red bull car, would he be winning races, and bernie simply answered, yes, and when schumacher was asked the same question, his reply was , i would have a lot more options, in other words , yes.

check out the interview, i think it was on f1 eurosport site, not sure, you should be able to find it.

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Gee Pete, you are persistant arent chu ?

Yes, Michael could still drive and win in an RBR car. There you go. But so could, and so are, the current RBR drivers.

Michael’s done and he’s just old so let it go bro.

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A fantastic quali and a fabulous win for Alonso.

Goes to proof he’s still the best with the most points hauled for the last five races.

Vettel held his pace very well and it was very obvious he was catching Alonso towards the last segment of the race. What a finish with only two tenths difference.

Webber as usual managed to score good points to keep his lead. The maturity shines through with Mark and Alonso. One cannot deny the fact.

Poor Hamilton need to sought out his overtaking issues of late.

Was surprised that Vettel pitted the same time as Alonso.

Thought Vettel would have done at least two more flying laps.

Kudos to Kovi for his quick action and decided not to pit with the fire as it got really big.

Rubens too drove well, you could feel his steady quick pace.

Honestly, the race was almost a procession if not for the varied incidents that took place, with Lewis’s being the highlight of the night.

Oh yes, IT DIDN”T RAIN. That was my prediction, lol.

Suzuka will be a burner, I foresee.

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One would need to deduct points from Alonso’s win at Hockenheim in order to make a fair comparison with the other WDC hopefuls who do not have the unfair advantage of doing team swaps.

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This is yet another example of lamentable pit wall decisions by McLaren. All season they have been out witted out thought by RBR and Ferrari. In an earlier post it was pointed out that it was a case of men against machines where LH and JB were pitted against the superior RB6 of Red Bull. While they frequently stole results against RBR, LH pointed out way back that they had been overhauled by Ferrari. Consequently this struggle has been made impossible by now having to fight on three fronts, RBR having a better car, Ferrari having a better car and coupled with a pitwall who cannot react correctly during the race. Why they kept both cars out on Sunday when they were 3 seconds off the pace is pure lunacy. If Mclaren persist in producing off pace cars and couple this with poor decision making, they will no longer attract the quality of drivers they need to stay in the top flight

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“Button Quicker than Webber”.

I dont think so James.

Mark easily kept Jenson at bay when jenson pushed a little. And that was with a vibrating car.

14

Being a really distinguished overtaker, Hamilton was so arrogant in numerous instances (against Webber in China) and in past years as well (remember Monza 2008). Actually I’m glad he got stomped two times in a row. Webber and Massa showed him there can be guys tougher and meaner out there. I hope Hamilton rethinks his arrogant driving style after that

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Hamiltons style is back down or we’ll crash, i’ve been waiting for it to happen but the rest of the field want to keep their points.

He would be a better package if he could overtake cars in a “fair fight” with no forcing people to concede or chicane cutting.

He can overtake and I want to see that but I like some nice, well thought moves, like Mika Hakkinen, Spa 2000, it could have happened with the Virgin in the way.

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In China, you mean at the restart, right?

In china, Lewis is not try to pass webber and intend to hit webber, he is in the middle between Vettel and Webber.

Vettel was in the inside and step to outside, Lewis move to avoid the contact from Vettel then he get contact with Webber instead.

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Just out of interest, if Michael Schumacher was a rookie this season, who thinks he has done enough to be retained for next year?

18

As an indication of how close this championship really is, under the old points system, the standings would have been:

Webber: 80

Alonso: 77

Hamilton: 75

Vettel: 74

Button: 72

It also shows the five of them less than a win apart, but for people still more used to that system, it may give a clearer picture of what is happening.

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Thanks for that, I dislike people who say the new points system is making it close, the old system is basically the same. I prefer looking at this system as it means I can compare it to past years.

Assuming there is 4 races left, 40 points available (old money), the maximum number of points is 120 for Webber which would be quite good if he wins the final four races, but Kimi had 110 with two fewer races in 07.

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oh yes, get jackie stewart in to replace eddie jordan, this guy knows what he is talking about, and it is informative, and interesting to listen to, and im sure many, many fans feel the same.

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Everyone on here you dont seem to realise how powerful schumacher is in f1, he is very close with bernie ecclestone, who runs f1, he has millions of fans worldwide, more than any other drivers, he is a 7 times world champ, never to be equalled, his name brings in the sponsors, (which nicos hardly does) for mercedes, who will be demanding schumacher gets a car he likes to drive, we are talking loads of cash they bring in, and if mercedes did not do right by michael, you watch their car sales plummet, from disgruntled schumacher fans, because they wouldnt do business with the team that did the dirty on michael.

This guy deserves a car made for his style, and then we will see if schumacher can still race, not listen to the schumacher haters , always putting him down, when he is driving a car, that is basically a pile of s**t.

Nico loves this car, and it shows, so let schumacher love his car, and then he will show you all how wrong you are, and then you can hate him as before, when he starts beating these so called great drivers of today.

22

I’m all for Michael knocking Alonso off his perch if he can, somebody has to!

23

It’s widely accepted that Hamilton would give Alonso a run for his money at Ferrari for the number #1 seat. One suspects that Alonso would never accept a #2 seat and that’s the reason why Alonso has been widely quoted for saying that he would not want Hamilton to drive for Ferrari.

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It won’t be Michael, he had a faster Ferrari in 2006 and Alonso still beat him in a slower Renault. Massa was even winning races for fun in the 2006 Ferrari.

Alonso won then when Michael was much younger than he is now.

Alonso would beat him far easier now that Michael is 41.

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Like Alonso did to Schumi ? 😉

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oh sorry, did i say thousands, i should have said millions.

please set up a meeting on tv between schumacher, and jordan, and then we will see how quiet jordan can be, after his usual ranting nonsense.

i guarantee, he wont question schumacher or his ability, because he knows, he will recieve a very sharp reply, which he wont like at all, he is constantly putting schumacher down, and its about time schumacher or ecclestone, shut him up.

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Message to you james, if eddie jordan your mate wants to slag off a great champion michael schumacher, on world tv, get him to do it to his face, he will not be so loud mouthed then, ive seen schumacher peed off, and he is quite scary. Eddie jordans opinion is totally biased, schumacher left his grotty team, early in his career, and jordan is just trying to get him back for doing that.

The great jackie stewart, talked about schumacher, in the practice program, which you must have heard, and he talked total sense, unlike you schumacher haters, he stated schumacher drives a racing car, different to all other drivers, the way schumacher likes his car setup, most drivers cant handle, he calls it the brain is over the front wheels, he gets right close to a corner, and then he turns it in viciously, that cannot be done with the car he is in, and dont forget even jensen button admitted that car was set up for his style, and didnt suit schumacher, but schumacher has done what he has to with it.

judge schumacher next season, and sack jordan, because most people hate the guy, were talking thousands of people, check around if you dont believe me.

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Eddie Jordan had a love fest for Schumacher at the start of the year, He couldn’t stop complimenting him.

So this talk of Jordan hating Schumacher is complete nonsense.

Jordan is talking about what has happened on track, the facts. The facts are Schumacher has driven appallingly. He hit 3 cars in Singapore alone. Rosberg in the same car finished 5th and blew away Schumacher.

Those are the facts, Jordan was talking from a team boss perspective.

He was completely right when he said if his name was not ‘schumacher’ he would have been sacked by now.

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I also think EJ is quite wrong about Michael, but I certainly do not hate the guy. If he is generally disliked by petrolheads it’s because his viewpoint as an ex-team manager is very different from what they’re used to hearing. He’s also older generation too, and that tends to count against him. But team managers are as much a part of F1 as drivers. There have been many occasions when EJ has been right and DC wrong. Anyone who thinks EJ is a fool is wrong, you don’t get to run your own F1 team if you’re the complete idiot many take him for

As for Michael, hopefully next season we’ll see if he still has what it takes if he gets a car that isn’t designed in the first place to understeer, and is competitive as well. Interesting.

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I think Webber can thank Rubens a great deal for managing his tyres, as he started to close on the McLarens, allowing Mark to do the same. It probably didn’t make any difference with Button, but I think it was a key thing in getting ahead of Hamiton. From memory, Rosberg and Kubica didn’t really close on Button before the stops, so what Rubens did was notable, as only Alonso and Vettel matched it.

31

Interesting, If Webber got passed Rubens, I think you would have seen all the leading teams come in a lot earlier. You may have even seen Alonso an Vettel come in much earlier.

32

Even though there was some good action on the track, the whole event left me bored. There just seemed to be no atmosphere there at all. Was it just the dismal coverage??

Webber/Hamilton incident – racing incident, but I can’t help thinking Webber put the car in a stupid position. He was never going to make the turn and was lucky to not also be out of the race.

Alonso has all the momentum now which must be worrying all the contenders. He knows how to win it. I think it’s his to lose as I think Webber is starting to seize up under the pressure.

33

Webber was clearly at fault here and should admit as much. He was compromised by the Virgin, committed himself to the tight inside dirtier line, on 30 lap old tyres and could see Hamilton in front of him on the racing line long before they reached the corner plus Hamilton was running on new rubber.

It’s a racing incident no doubt, it takes two to tango but Webber should hold his hands up for this one, Lewis did nothing wrong at all.

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Webber will do anything to prevent someone overtaking him, as we’ve seen several times in the past. This time he managed to take Hamilton out without damaging his own car, but he was incredibly lucky not to have wrecked the rear suspension of the Red Bull in the process. It was pure stupidity on his part and would normally have put him out of the race.

35

Okay… All of you… give me your percentage split… How much were Monza & Singapore victories were down to Alonso and how much was it due to Ferrari?

Example: 60% Alonso – 40% Ferrari

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Monza 60% Ferrari, 40% Alonso

Singapore 40% Ferrari, 60% Alonso

37

Kubica actually overtook Alguersuari, Buemi, Petrov, Massa and Sutil, not just Petrov and Massa 🙂

38

Some observations.

1. Alonso is far and away the most complete driver in F1. His performance today was arguably the drive of the season.

2. McLaren was once again comprehensively out-strategised, demonstrating that the Monza faux-pas was not a one-off.

3. Button has again failed to step up when it matters. Forget the Prost comparisons – he is another David Coulthard.

4. Klien, a journeyman, demolished Senna.

5. Ron Dennis is as obnoxious as ever, as anyone who saw his pre-race interview would have observed. I am sure that the Schadenfreude flowed around the world as his predictions failed to materialise.

6. Rosberg put in a great performance, but I am not sure if he ever was on TV.

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“Ron Dennis is as obnoxious as ever, as anyone who saw his pre-race interview would have observed.”

Only a closed mind would seek to criticise when it is an emotional response to a team or inviduals success that one does not like for irrational reasons!

40

I am fascinated with Ron, so I wonder what he said this time.

Is Schadenfreude something that they gave him to eat at the Mercedes Hospitality and did not go down well? I guess he predicted he was going to get some good sausages instead

41

Interestingly, Ron seemed to have far more faith in Hamilton’s abilities than in Button’s.

42

Like Domenicali has with Alonso’s abilities than Massa ever since the first grand prix this year?

43

Even though this championship is exciting there are still 2 things which I am puzzled by:

1 – Webber is ahead and a real contender to win yet I still see the guys at RBR and even Mark himself half happy, as if he’s the Nº 2 and shouldn’t be there. If that’s the case seems they haven’t learned from Maclaren 2007.

2 – I never rated Button as a dog fighter and capable of driving like Kubica in a similar situation like in today’s race. Mixing it up and battling it out. He always seemed to be the perfect leader, drive a perfect race if he has a clear field infront but looking at his races in Maclaren, I get the feeling he’s accomodating himself to be the Nº 2 at Maclaren and just be happy to rake in some points and get the car to the finish line in one piece. The only time I see him race is if he’s in P1 and has someone breathing down his neck e.g. Monza or if its one of those chaotic races where a lucky change of strategy hauls him up several places like when it starts to rain in the middle of a race or a SC comes out etc.

It’s my opinion anyway.

44

The jenson Button of 2010 reminds me a lot of Niki Lauda in 1984. With prost, Lauda had an extremely fast teammate, but through clever driving Lauda managed to outperform Prost over the season. Also, Prost was backed by Ron Dennis and the team, whereas Lauda was mostly racing on his own. The similarity stroke me during the interview that Jenson gave to the BBC, where he was talking about the problems the McLaren had with the rear tires over the whole weekend, and therefore conserving the rears during the first half of the race, and then closing in on Hamilton who didn’t save his tires.

If we were back in 80’s where there was no radio communication with the pit, Hamilton would be nowhere, because he is so dependent on instructions from the pit. Jenson, OTOH, would be far ahead of Hamilton because he is able to read a race and make the proper decisions while driving. I remember him after the Monza race saying that he was watching the TV screens to see if the car following him would start an attack, or something like that. He is very clever guy, whereas Hamilton just has his talent.

45

Soo… You can listen to McLarens radio comunications? You should post a transcript. Are you sugesting that somehow the car is being driven from the pits? As far as I can see the only one inside the car is Hamilton.

46

I thought Mclaren had the pace on Saturday? Why were they struggeling in the race? Did the change something in the car after quali? And why they didn’t pit earlier when it was clear Webber was catching up? Mclaren really disappoint me today.

Sorry for my bad english, i’m from france.

47

The McLarens struggled as they were wearing out their rear tyres, which is probably a mix of a lack of downforce compared to Ferrari and particularly Red Bull and suspension set up. The suspension set up could have favoured qualifying over the race, working the tyres harder.

The McLaren’s never had a big enough gap over Webber to stop and come out in front. For several laps they were gaining time at the required rate, but were never far enough ahead to stop and come out in front. At that point they were trying to get far enough in front of Schumacher and Kobayashi to make sure they would come out in front and not get held up.

48

the webber-hamilton case was just a racing incident but what nobody is talking about is how the mclaren car are just not up to the job they were 1.5s off the pace and ferrari on form at the moment mclaren simply run out of luck they never had the car from the very begining to beat rb an ferrari but rather have been banking on ferrari and the bulls misfortune i think is over for them its marc and fernando who have the car for the remaining races.

49

I think there is a particular circuit characteristic here that caused the McLaren to wear its rear tyres more than it has at other tracks. At other tracks the balance and/or traction has been better, so the race pace has been better than qualifying. Here it was the reverse.

Yes, McLaren have until recently optimised its opportunities, but they still had strong cars at certain tracks, such as Turkey, Montreal and Spa. The McLaren was the best car at the latter two tracks, and possibly Turkey in the race as well, although Vettel may have been quicker in clear air.

50

I dare say the BBC producers are looking at the theme music to salute the Great 3 Times World Champion Alonso at the end of the season!!!

COME ON!!!

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