Fernando Alonso says he was dreaming of a first Mclaren-honda podium since 1992 after his lightning start to the Singapore Grand Prix. A combination of a clean getaway and the startline chaos sparked by Nico Hulkenberg’s shunt helped Alonso jump to fifth by turn one. The Spaniard eventually fell back to seventh. He said: “The start was great and I even hoped for a podium if something else happened in front of me. I was thinking of the podium as strange things can happen in Singapore, but seventh turned out to be the maximum.”
Sainz hits out
Carlos Sainz Jr has criticised the official’s decision to give him a black and orange flag during the Singapore GP, which he says ruined his race. Sainz’s Toro Rosso suffered a broken barge board in his clash with Hulkenberg at the start. With the bodywork hanging precariously, officials gave him a mechanical warning flag as they considered it unsafe. “I don’t think it was putting anyone in danger,” said Sainz. “I was forced to stop early, and when you do that you’re behind all the traffic and your race is ruined. I don’t know why they showed me the flag.” Sainz also lost his MGU-K hybrid system and eventually finished 14th.
Best of Rosberg
Mercedes team head Toto Wolff reckons Nico Roberg’s drive in Singapore was the best performance he’s seen from the title chaser. Having crashed in first practice, Rosberg recovered to top every session, taking pole and the race win. Wolff said: “I’ve known Nico since 2013 and that is the best Nico Rosberg I have ever seen throughout a weekend since then. We have the tendency to say Lewis [Hamilton] has awesome pace. This is what we have seen with Nico this weekend – he was blindingly fast.”
No blunder Ferrari
Ferrari chief Maurizio Arrivabene has defended the team’s decision to bring Kimi Raikkonen in for a third stop in Singapore. Raikkonen was third, in a battle with Lewis Hamilton when Ferrari asked the Finn to stop again, costing him position. “It was the right decision,” said Arrivabene. “If we were having huge degradation [on the soft tyres] and Mercedes were taking us, we would have been crazy. We took a decision looking at our data. The thing to do afterwards is verify if our data was right.”