Same result, different day.
Nico Rosberg made it three victories in a row and eighth overall this season after winning the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix today at a brilliantly lit Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore.
Rosberg had multiple reasons to celebrate his fine win: the race marked his 200th Grand Prix start, it was the 22nd triumph of his career, it was his very first victory in Singapore and the result put him back into the lead on the Formula 1 drivers’ championship standings.
Starting from pole, the Mercedes star charged off the line and built a significant lead midway through the 61-lap sprint. He managed to overcome brake issues all throughout the race and took the chequered flag in one hour 55 minutes 48.950 seconds.
Rosberg finished a mere 0.488 seconds ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo, who did well to close the gap over the last several laps. Ricciardo had Rosberg in his sights as they neared the finish, but it was too late.
After the race, Rosberg commented:
"That was a fantastic weekend! In the past, the Singapore track has not treated me so well, so this win is a very special one and an even more emotional one for me".
"The weekend started perfectly with a good qualifying session. Then, I had a good start and was able to keep the Red Bulls and the Ferraris behind me - both of which had beaten us comfortably last year. It was a bit tight at the end after Daniel (Ricciardo) did a clever pit stop timing wise. If I would have also pitted I would have come out behind him because I was stuck in traffic on my in-lap, so we chose the best strategy to stay out and a big thanks to the team for that."
"It’s great that we learned from our mistakes last year and won at what is clearly a Red Bull track. This shows the competence and strength of our engineering group. I look forward to Malaysia now."
Lewis Hamilton made it a pair of Mercedes drivers on the podium by taking third place. He finished 8.038s behind his teammate.
Ferrari pair Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were fourth and fifth, respectively. Vettel did brilliantly to fight for his final classification after starting from the very back of the grid.
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||0.488s|
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m11.197s|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m51.062s|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m51.557s|
|11||Esteban Gutierrez||Haas/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|12||Felipe Massa||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|13||Felipe Nasr||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|14||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|15||Jolyon Palmer||Renault||1 Lap|
|16||Pascal Wehrlein||Manor/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|17||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|18||Esteban Ocon||Manor/Mercedes||2 Laps|
|-||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||Not started|
|-||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||Collision|
Rounding out the top eight were Max Verstappen of Red Bull, Fernando Alonso of McLaren and Sergio Perez of Force India.
The Formula 1 season resumes on October 2 with the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur.