Ferrari and Red Bull on the front row. McLaren filling the second row of the grid with Webber on the 3rd row. All the contenders in the top five. Is that how it ended?
From being a petulant child, pouting and stomping when things don’t go his way, Fernando Alonso has suddenly changed in to a mature racer with a gift for being in front. True, that could be because the Ferrari is getting so good. But it seems to be because Alonso has suddenly got level-headed.
He had pole at Singapore. And he kept his position, despite the best efforts of Sebastian Vettel who harried him to the close to end the less than exciting Singapore Grand Prix exactly where they started two hours before – first and second.
The McLarens weren’t exactly flavour of the day, but despite that Button drove a grown-up race to manage fourth. Team mate Hamilton was less level-headed. He hustled a slower Webber but managed to turn back in too soon at turn seven after making a move on Webber.
The collision broke Hamilton’s front suspension and ended his race. And perhaps his hopes of being this year’s world champion. A big contrast to last year when Hamilton won here.
Webber managed to keep going despite some damage and made the most of a less than perfect day for the Red Bulls by taking third place. Rosberg and Barrichcello came in fifth and sixth.
We always expect more from Singapore than it seems to deliver. For me, the Singapore Grand Prix never really came to life.
Maybe Japan will be better.