Alonso’s dream

Motor Sport News - - Gp Extra -

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.”

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