Turn 7 Statistics
Initial speed Final speed Stopping distance Braking time Maximum deceleration Maximum pedal load Braking power
329km/h 100km/h 131m 1.42 sec 5.1g 155kg 2203kW
The Marina Bay circuit is one of the toughest on brakes on the calendar. Because of the extreme heat and the high number of braking sections (13 in all) pad wear is critical and is something teams will monitor on a lap-by-lap basis. The heaviest stop is Turn 7, where cars brake from 329 to 100km/h – in just 1.42 seconds, and a distance of just 100m. it was touch-and-go for Rosberg, who had just 25.4s over his rival – barely enough to come in, change tyres and remain ahead. When Rosberg then encountered trafc, Mercedes aborted his stop and instructed him to run to the end – 14 laps – on the soft tyres he had taken 13 laps earlier. It was within the theoretical lifespan of the tyres, but would leave him vulnerable at the end, with Ricciardo now eating up the lead margin at up to three seconds a lap. Ultimately it was too much to ask and Ricciardo fell just short, but with another lap it might have been different.
“Last year we were absolutely nowhere here,” said Rosberg. “We got destroyed by Red Bull and Ferrari, and we understood what went wrong, and came back this year and beat them on their best track.”
With Räikkönen hovering, Hamilton locked up at Turn 7 on lap 32. Räikkönen was due to pit at the end of the lap, but barged his way through at Turn 10. Mercedes then swapped to plan B, ran Hamilton on a short 11-lap stint on softs, then brought him in again for some scrubbed supersofts on lap 45, just before Red Bull rolled the dice with Ricciardo’s third stop. Räikkönen could feasibly have run to the end on his soft tyres, which were as old as Rosberg’s, but Ferrari decided to bring him in… and Hamilton swept by as he left. Track position is all in Singapore.
Sebastian Vettel claimed fth place with an inspired charge from the back of the grid after a suspension failure in qualifying, aided by a two-stop strategy with a long rst stint on softs. Verstappen recovered to sixth after his poor start and a lively battle with Daniil Kvyat.
Fernando Alonso parlayed his P9 start into a P7 nish for McLaren, built on a strong rst lap and a calm drive under pressure early on. Sergio Pérez put in what he described as one of the best races of his career, coming back from a penalised 17th on the grid via a two-stop strategy in which he had to eke out a set of softs for 36 laps. The embattled Kvyat managed what could be a career-saving performance for ninth, and the sole remaining point for tenth was perhaps a scant reward for plucky Kevin Magnussen, whose car was so slow he was eliminated in Q1.