En­ergy dis­si­pated

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 trafc, 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.

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