F1: Vettel takes the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix as Hamilton Stalls

2012 Singapore Grand Prix Champion Sebastian Vettel

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Singapore – Despite all of Sebastian Vettel’s complaints about the Marina Bay Street Circuit, he as able to outpace and outmaneuver Lewis Hamilton and the rest of the 24 car pack to take the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix. Vettel (Reb Bull-Renault) chased Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) for the first 23 laps before a gearbox failure retired the English drive dashing hopes of a second straight F1 win and 2012 Driver World Championship. Instead Germany’s Vettel claimed his second straight Singapore Grand Prix and moved into second on the driver championship leader board with 165 points trailing leader Fernando Alonso’s (Ferrari) 194 points who grabbed the final podium slot. England’s Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes) finished second nearly 9 seconds behind Vettel.

Vettel running fast the entire weekend yet starting the race third reflected on his victory: “I think it’s one of the toughest races of the year to be honest. It’s very long; the full two hours. The circuit is a killer. There’s so many bumps, there’s no space for mistakes and the race just seems to go on forever. Obviously we benefited from Lewis’ failure. A couple of laps before that he lost some oil and then after that I think we generally we had very, very strong pace all weekend.”

Singapore runner-up Jenson Button

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McLaren’s Button, who started fourth on the grid, stayed in sixth on the points leader board with 119; but the bigger story for McLaren is still his teammate Hamilton who’s contract with the team is up at season’s end. Hamilton fell to fourth in points with 142, now also behind Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus-Renault) with 149 points and a sixth place finish in Singapore.

“We got through it and yeah it’s a good second place. I’m reasonably happy with that. We all want to win, but you can’t win them all.” Button said after the arduous race lasting the maximum 2 hours. “but for us as a team to have another failure this weekend is disappointing. The important thing for us is we have a very good car. I think the team are doing a fantastic job and it seems that every race we go to we really do have a chance of winning so that’s important to us.”

Cleaning Crew after Schumacher crash

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The race saw two separate cautions. The first being a Narain Karthikeyan (HRT-Cosworth) crash on lap 33, followed by Michael Schumacher’s (Mercedes) collision with Jean-Eric Vergne (STR-Ferrari) on turn 14 on the first lap (39) after restart. Schumacher was docked ten positions in the next race on the calendar in Japan based upon his actions in the incident.

The race resumed on Lap 45 with a near collusion between Vettel and Button. Vettel was investigated for an unusual breaking pattern nearly causing a collision but no penalties resulted. The race concluded after the max two hours of allotted time to a spectacular fireworks display throughout the downtown Singapore area. Suzuka, Japan is the next stop on the the F1 calendar from 5-7 of October.


Final Results

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired

1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 00:26.1

2 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +8.9 secs

3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari +15.2 secs

4 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes +19.0 secs

5 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes +34.7 secs

6 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault +35.7 secs

7 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault +36.6 secs

8 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari +42.8 secs

9 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari +45.8 secs

10 2 Mark Webber Red Bull +47.1 secs

11 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari +50.6 secs

12 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth +91.9 secs

13 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari +97.1 secs

14 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +99.4 secs

15 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault +107.9 secs

16 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth +132.9 secs

17 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth +1 Lap

18 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault +2 Lap

19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault +2 Lap

Ret 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari Accident

Ret 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes Accident

Ret 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault Hydraulics

Ret 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth Accident

Ret 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Gearbox

Joe Grez

Joe Grez

Joe Grzesik (JGrez) is still an artist developer trying to keep up with new technologies. Photography still has been one of his strongest passions. However, now his main focus has led him back to music where he teaches guitar, piano, saxophone and percussion privately. Music education can never be short changed.

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