For years, Spa-Francorchamps was the circuit F1 drivers take longest to complete a lap of. But changes to Singapore means it now takes a second longer than Spa for the F1 cars to lap, despite being almost 2km shorter.
Hamilton on top
It was also Hamilton’s 25th career podium finish and he has led more laps than any driver this year apart from Jenson Button.
Alonso notched up the 13th fastest lap of his career, giving him as many as Jacky Ickx, Alan Jones and Riccardo Patrese.
Singapore gets slower
The changes to the Singapore circuit means it now takes longer to complete a lap of the circuit than any track on the calendar. Alonso’s fastest lap of 1’48.240 was almost a second slower than Sebastian Vettel’s fastest lap of Spa. That’s despite Spa being 1.937km longer.
Alonso’s average speed around a lap of Singapore was 168.73kph (104.84mph), Vettel’s at Spa was 235.07kph (146.06mph). Turns one, ten and 14 were tightened, turn 13 was slightly eased, and the entry to turn 22 was narrowed. Alonso’s fastest lap was 2.6s slower than Raikkonen’s 1’45.599 last year.
Vettel has now scored exactly 100 points in his F1 career.
Timo Glock matched his career best result with second. He was second in the Hungarian Grand Prix last year.
Heidfeld’s finishing streak finally ends
Heidfeld’s incredible record of consecutive finishes finally came to an end thanks to Sutil. He was classified for 41 races running and finished 33 in a row.
However Nico Rosberg is going after his record – he has already been finished and classified in the last 26 races in a row.
Rosberg also matched his best ever starting position – he also started third in the 2006 Malaysian Grand Prix, the second race of his career.
Kazuki Nakajima finished ninth – just out of the points – for the second time this year. He is the only driver to have started every race this year without scoring.
Button increased his championship lead for the first time since the Hungarian Grand Prix. Only Barrichello and Vettel can beat him to the title now.
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