Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Alonso wins The First Night Race Singapore Grand Prix :)

Fernando Alonso, the Formula One double world champion2 seasons ago drove superbly to win the first ever formula one night race at the first time Singapore Grand Prix !!! I know this post is a bit late, but if you guys did catches up with the race, you will have to agree with me how brilliant his performance is on Sunday. He has been superb over the weekend topping times in 2 practice sessions but could only managed to start from 15th on the grid due to his car's fuel mechanical problem. The first safety car introduction as a result of his team mate's crashed helped him the most while the 2nd time the safety car was out, he showed everyone why he is so in demand as a racer and that he still has the pedigree to be a champion if his car was in perfect set up.

It was almost 2 years since Renault last won the race back in 2006 when Alonso was with them, which of course won by Alonso and personally, it was Alonso's first win since joining back Renault. To be fair, no one ever give him a chance from 15th on the grid and even after the race, Alonso himself admitted that he can never imagine that he had won it and will need few days to sink in to the reality. Nico Rosberg took 2nd place and Lewis Hamilton took the final podium place and further extend his world championship lead to 7 points with 3 races to go.
It was certainly a bad day and one to forget for Ferrari. Starting from the pole position, Massa did great to open up a gap and was running away from the field when the first incident involving Nelson Piquet happened which brought out the safety car. After the pit lane open, both the Ferrari went into the pits and 'human error' caused Massa to drove off before the fuel nozzle was released causing him to drag the whole fuel pipe along the way. 2 to 3 pit crews were injured and by the time they managed to pull off the nozzle and the pipe, Massa rejoined in last position. He soon was penalised with a drive through penalty for dangerous release from pit lane and his race was effectively over by then and eventually finished 13th. Defending champion Kimi Raikonnen started from 3rd on the grid and was running in 5th position with 4 laps to go when he hit the kerb and lost control crashing to the barrier. After the race, he finally admitted that his chance for the title this year is over...

It's only 3 more races to go, Japan, China and finally Brazil...let's hope Ferrari will be back with a bang to shut out McLaren and more importantly shut out the arrogant Lewis Hamilton...haha :P

No comments: