The Singapore Grand Prix seemed to be rather a staid affair. Nico Rosberg was ahead and there seems to be nothing that second-placed Daniel Ricciardo could do to catch him. Kimi Raikkonen had managed to sneak up to third ahead of Lewis Hamilton and the World Champion wanted to get the place back. He needed a strategy to do it. So the team decided to call him into the pits and give him some new super-soft tyres to give him a chance to get Kimi. Ferrari responded a lap later and then Red Bull decided to do the same with Ricciardo, just in case… The Australian was not going to catch Nico on speed alone, so it was worth the risk. Nico was exposed… if there was a Safety Car he’d be in trouble. The team called him in. But two corners before he arrived in the pits the radio told him to stay out. Ricciardo had done a very fast lap and Nico had lost time with traffic and a small mistake. He no longer had the margin. And so the chase was on. Rosberg on his old soft tyres, was no match for Ricciardo on his new super-softs. There were 12 laps to go and a 21-second gap. It was great stuff…
Also in GP+ this week…
– We look at the Liberty Media purchase of Formula 1
– We look at the first Singapore GP in 2008 – and the scandal that followed
– We follow IndyCar star James Hinchcliffe’s adventures in ballroom dancing
– JS wonders about the future of the Singapore GP
– DT reminds us that some people should not be listened to
– The Hack ponders a long association with Max Mosley and a whole lot more
– Plus the usual fabulous photography from Peter Nygaard in Singapore
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