Singapore GP race progress analysis

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Ferrari were looking good for a one-two finish until this happened
Ferrari were looking good for a one-two finish until this happened

I’ve produced a chart showing the position of each driver on every lap of the Singapore Grand Prix, compared to the race leader.

Here’s an analysis of some of the key points in the race base on the chart.

Singapore Grand Prix race progress chart

2008 Singapore Grand Prix race progress (click to enlarge)
2008 Singapore Grand Prix race progress (click to enlarge)

A few things stand out on the chart:

  • How tightly bunched the field was behind Jarno Trulli at the start of the race. Trulli had a heavy fuel load on board but the cars immediately behind him – Nico Rosberg, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso – were fuelled shorter.
  • On lap 17 the three dots at the 70s mark are the three cars that benefited most from the first safety car period: Fernando Alonso, who had already pitted, and the Red Bull duo, whose quick-thinking pit team got them into the pits before they were closed.
  • Felipe Massa is the big spike on lap 18.
  • After the restart Giancarlo Fisichella played he role Trulli had before of backing the pack up. He was able to keep the faster cars behind him because he only had 10-11 laps of fuel left after the safety car period while his pursuers had all recently pitted.
  • The length of time it took to get Nico Rosberg in for his penalty meant, because of Fisichella, Rosberg only lost track position to Alonso.
  • Looking at David Coulthard, Nick Heidfeld and Sebastian Vettel’s lines, it seems Coulthard would have been fifth if he hadn’t been delayed in his second pit stop.

Singapore Grand Prix race progress chart – leaders

Here’s the same chart but zoomed in to show only cars within 20 seconds of the leader at any time:

2008 Singapore Grand Prix race progress - nearest 20s (click to enlarge)
2008 Singapore Grand Prix race progress - nearest 20s (click to enlarge)

It’s clear from looking at this chart Ferrari had a good chance of scoring a one-two before the first safety car period, unless Hamilton was very heavy with fuel.

Download the data from these charts here: Singapore race history (PDF)