Start, Singapore Grand Prix, 2012

Vote for your Singapore GP driver of the weekend

2012 Singapore Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Singapore Grand Prix, 2012Which F1 driver had the best race weekend in Singapore?

Compare all the drivers’ performances below and vote for who you think was the best driver of the Singapore Grand Prix weekend.

Singapore Grand Prix driver-by-driver

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel – Topped all three practice sessions but was mystified at his inability to turn a lap quick enough for pole position in Q3. From third on the grid he picked off Maldonado at the start and was perfectly placed to claim victory when Hamilton retired.

Mark Webber – Singapore seems not to be a favourite track of Webber’s. He qualified seventh and was using a three-stop strategy to try to gain ground when he was compromised by the appearance of the safety car. Spent the final laps trying pass Ricciardo without success. After the race he was penalised 20 seconds for putting all four wheels off the track while passing Kobayashi. Though he had clearly violated the rules, Webber was perhaps unfortunate as he had little time to decide whether to let Kobayashi re-pass him.


Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Singapore, 2012Jenson Button – Lagged behind Hamilton in qualifying by a similar margin to that which separated the Red Bull drivers. Followed Vettel past Maldonado at the start and was able to run slightly longer in his first stint. This might have helped him later on had the safety car not appeared.

Lewis Hamilton – Snatched pole position off Vettel and maintained a lead of one to two seconds before a gearbox glitch put him out. The team first noticed a problem with the gearbox during the race and Hamilton reported difficulties shifting before it failed.


Fernando Alonso – Decided the high-downforce rear wing brought by the team was not an improvement and didn’t use it. He made an unusually poor start from fifth and was beaten to the first corner by Di Resta, but quickly re-passed the Force India. He seriously tested Maldonado’s defences but didn’t manage to find a way past the Williams. The demise of Maldonado and Hamilton’s retirement elevated him to third.

Felipe Massa – Never looked like making it into Q3 – he was over three-quarters of a second slower than his team mate. Picked up a puncture in the first corner melee when he was hit by Petrov, but the safety car brought him back into contention. Made an arms-and-elbows pass on Senna at turn 13 and complained he had been blocked but the stewards didn’t share his view. He later overtook Ricciardo and finished eighth.


Michael Schumacher – Fell behind Rosberg on the first lap, then ended his 300th start in a violent crash after the first safety car period, slamming into the back of Vergne at turn 14. He initially accounted for the crash saying: “I was braking but the deceleration was not as strong as it usually would be”. But the stewards noted he accepted responsibility and gave him a ten-place penalty for the next race.

Nico Rosberg – Like Schumacher he elected not to set a time in Q3 to save tyres. He incurred damage at the first corner which cost him some downforce. However he was able to pit for soft tyres during the first safety car period and run to the end for fifth place, his best result since Monaco.


Kimi Raikkonen – Lotus made extensive changes to their car on Friday night which improved its performance, but Raikkonen wasn’t able to get through to Q3. Spent much of the race stuck behind Schumacher until the Mercedes driver crashed out. Then Grosjean let him by into sixth, but he couldn’t progress further. “You cannot overtake,” he complained afterwards.

Romain Grosjean – Out-qualified Raikkonen after returning from his ban, but a scruffy Q3 lap left him eighth. He probably would have beaten his team mate had the team not ordered him to move aside: “It?s never easy as a driver to let someone past ?ǣ even if it is your team-mate,” he said, “but we need to be intelligent in these circumstances”.

Force India

Paul di Resta, Force India, Marina Bay, 2012Paul di Resta – Force India showed good pace from early in the weekend and Di Resta capitalised, putting his car sixth on the grid. He may regret not being firmer with Alonso at the first corner given that he ultimately finished behind the Ferrari. Even so, fourth was a career-best result.

Nico Hulkenberg – Knew his car was good enough for Q3 but missed the cut. That doomed him to spending the first part of the race stuck behind Schumacher and Raikkonen. After they pitted he was able to run long on his soft tyres, but gambling on staying out when the safety car was first deployed ultimately compromised his race. Picked up a puncture while trying to pass Kobayashi and ended up 14th.


Kamui Kobayashi – Was eliminated in Q1 after struggling with his car, with similar problems to those he experienced in Hungary. Senna and Glock passed him at the start and it took Kobayashi until lap eight to get past the Marussia. A clash with a Force India ruined his race: “I couldn?t avoid touching Nico Hulkenberg,” he said. “There was no space to go. For me it was a race incident. Nico said sorry when we met after the race; apparently he had oversteer, I lost my front wing and had to pit.”

Sergio Perez – Said the team’s latest upgrade had failed to deliver the expected downforce gains. Having qualified 14th, he chose the usual Sauber gambit of starting on the harder tyres. But the safety car appearance neutered any advantage this offered – he finished 11th on the road and was promoted to the final point by Webber’s penalty.

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo – Ricciardo started on super-soft tyres and was able to make his second and final pit stop after the safety car appeared. He was eighth when the race resumed and although Massa passed him he had more success keeping Webber behind.

Jean-Eric Vergne – Still nursing a sore neck from his Monza acrobatics, the last thing Vergne needed was another crash. He was running tenth when Schumacher took him out, but the safety car had already scuppered his strategy anyway.


Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Singapore, 2012Pastor Maldonado – Maldonado produced the surprise of qualifying, planting his Williams on the front row. He avoided causing the widely-predicted first corner apocalypse, though he did lose places to Vettel and Button. Withstood pressure from Alonso but hydraulic failure meant his redemptive performance ultimately ended in disappointment.

Bruno Senna – Hit the barriers a total of three times in practice and qualifying. But he was in with a chance of claiming a point when he suffered an alarming technical fault – his team told him to pull over and jump out of the car without touching the ground in case of a KERS problem. On top of that, his car broke down in the pre-race parade as well. A weekend to forget.


Heikki Kovalainen – Unusually he was out-qualified by Petrov. The team dropped the ball on strategy as well, not pitting him during the first safety car and then switching him to super-softs, which had to be changed again before the end of the race. Disastrously, that let rivals Marussia beat them to a precious 12th place finish.

Vitaly Petrov – Hit Massa at the first corner (“I?ve already apologised to him as we get on well”) and had to pit for a new front wing. The safety car offered him a chance to get back into the race but he was sent from his pit box with a loose wheel nut and had to be pushed back to his garage.


Pedro de la Rosa – Finished a lapped 17th: “The last five laps never seemed to end because I had no tyres left and I started to lose ground on Glock and Pic and Kobayashi, Kovalainen and Hulkenberg, who were flying, passed me like nothing.”

Narain Karthikeyan – Out-qualified de la Rosa for the second race in a row but had fallen behind his team mate when he hit the wall at turn 18: “I went on the dirty part of the track and the car didn?t turn which resulted in me going into the wall.”


Timo Glock, Marussia, Marina Bay, 2012Timo Glock – Glock had a scare when he clouted the wall early on: “The rear tyre pressures came up a bit too much and I overshot the car in turn 19 and hit the wall. In the first moment I thought the race was over and I realised that the toe was really out; I had to change my driving style and, actually, changed everything that I could do to keep the car on track.” Glock pitted for soft tyres shortly before the first safety car period and stayed on them until the end – over half the race distance. Retirements ahead promoted him to 12th which elevates Marussia to tenth in the constructors’ championship.

Charles Pic – Pic was handed a 20-second race penalty and ordered to spend a day assisting an FIA road safety awareness campaign after failing to heed red flags during practice. In the race he did a long final stint on super-soft tyres and finished 16th.

Qualifying and race results summary

Started Gap to team mate Laps leading team mate Pitted Finished Gap to team mate
Sebastian Vettel 3rd -0.57s 59/59 2 1st -67.175s
Mark Webber 7th +0.57s 0/59 3 11th +67.175s
Jenson Button 4th +0.577s 3/22 2 2nd
Lewis Hamilton 1st -0.577s 19/22 1
Fernando Alonso 5th -0.777s 59/59 2 3rd -27.602s
Felipe Massa 13th +0.777s 0/59 3 8th +27.602s
Michael Schumacher 9th -0.12s 0/38 2
Nico Rosberg 10th +0.12s 38/38 2 5th
Kimi Raikkonen 12th +0.732s 13/59 2 6th -0.939s
Romain Grosjean 8th -0.732s 46/59 2 7th +0.939s
Paul di Resta 6th -0.308s 54/59 2 4th -80.35s
Nico Hulkenberg 11th +0.308s 5/59 3 14th +80.35s
Kamui Kobayashi 17th +0.878s 10/59 3 13th +46.522s
Sergio Perez 14th -0.878s 49/59 2 10th -46.522s
Daniel Ricciardo 15th -0.075s 11/38 2 9th
Jean-Eric Vergne 16th +0.075s 27/38 2
Pastor Maldonado 2nd -0.315s 35/36 3
Bruno Senna 22nd +0.315s 1/36 3 18th
Heikki Kovalainen 19th +0.291s 57/57 3 15th Not on same lap
Vitaly Petrov 18th -0.291s 0/57 4 19th Not on same lap
Pedro de la Rosa 24th +0.983s 27/30 3 17th
Narain Karthikeyan 23rd -0.983s 3/30 1
Timo Glock 20th -0.392s 47/59 2 12th -61.007s
Charles Pic 21st +0.392s 12/59 2 16th +61.007s

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Vote for your driver of the weekend

Which driver do you think did the best job this weekend?

Cast your vote below and explain your choice in the comments.

Who was the best driver of the Singapore Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (19%)
  • Mark Webber (0%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (26%)
  • Jenson Button (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (4%)
  • Felipe Massa (9%)
  • Michael Schumacher (1%)
  • Nico Rosberg (0%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (1%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (26%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (1%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (3%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Pedro de la Rosa (0%)
  • Timo Glock (8%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)

Total Voters: 639

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  1. Glock for me. He’s always gone well at Singapore, and this was no exception. Running half the race on a set of soft tyres was an amazing feat, but finishing ahead of Kobayashi and Hulkenburg, even considering the problems they hit, in a Marussia was stunning, not to mention the potential consequences for the team!

  2. I have to vote for Hamilton here. He had done enough of the race distance while maintaining a gap over Vettel that I think this race most likely would have been his, had the gearbox not failed on him.

    Then again, I fall into that camp where a car failure doesnt preclude me from giving a certain driver my dotw vote. I thought Vettel deserved it in Valencia, too. All in all, I cant bring myself to vote for the driver who eventually won, when they were outperformed by the driver who likely would have won, as was the case in Singapore. Hamilton’s peerless qualifying lap in particular was a thing of beauty and he really couldnt have driven better the whole weekend up until his car failure.

    If I could have two votes the second would be for Di Resta…

  3. Not really an easy weekend to choose, though many will make it out to be. A lot of drivers put in some great heroic performances, whilst others slipped up or had their days ruined by old school mechanical gremlins.

    3 outside choices that deserve a mention have to be Maldonado, Massa and Glock.

    Maldonado for his stunning qualifying and intense battle with Alonso, Massa for the best save of the year, and coming up to 8th from the back of the pack. In a season where he has struggled so much, this was one of his best drives. And last but not least Glock, for showing the kind of gritty talent from back in his Toyota days by dragging his Marussia up to 12th!

    Give that man a better seat!!!

  4. Definitely the most interesting and finely-poised voted we’ve had in Driver of the Weekend so far. It seems to me this is because a lot of drivers had very good performance but with perhaps one flaw or reason not to vote for them.

    Vettel had a good enough car for pole position but didn’t deliver in qualifying and even ended up getting bumped by Maldonado. But that’s the only mark you can put against him – his race was very good, he was within range of Hamilton, and it’s a pity we didn’t get to see how that battle would have played out.

    That also goes for Hamilton as well. His pole position was excellent and although he didn’t pull away much from Vettel in the opening stages, he seemed able to preserve his tyre longer. But Button was able to go even further and I have to wonder whether he might have come into play had the safety car not appeared when it did.

    Di Resta had a great weekend – he capitalised on his car’s potential when his team mate failed to. But with overtaking at such a premium at Singapore I thought he should have defended more firmly against Alonso at the start. Alonso was never going to force the issue with one eye on the title. Perhaps he didn’t want to become the next Grosjean.

    Glock was in his usual excellent Singapore form for Marussia. He was fortunate to get away with hitting the wall but his long stint was a superb piece of driving and was well-rewarded.

    Maldonado deserves a shout, too – he was excellent in qualifying and although his start wasn’t great he defended very firmly and above all cleanly against Alonso.

    There’s still only 5% in it between the top three as I write this and I’m fascinated to see how this one turns out.

    1. @keithcollantine
      Interesting point about di Resta’s start Keith but I’m not exactly sure what you would you have had him do differently.T he rules are now very clear that you can’t push a competitor off the race track, and I think he pushed Alonso as far as he legitamitely could around Turn 2. Maybe he’d have been better going to the outside for Turn 3, but I don’t think he could have expected Maldonado to be so cautious and back Button up in to his path. Anyway, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.

      1. @mhop

        The rules are now very clear that you can’t push a competitor off the race track

        …on a straight not in a corner, and I think di Resta was a bit too generous in the space he gave Alonso in the first turns.

  5. Lewis 100%

    Fastest by half a second in quali, did nothing wrong all weekend managed the gap to Vettel and had the win all but in the bag

  6. I think I would choose Hamilton or Di Resta, as Hamilton had a better pace than Vetel, and if his car did not “die”, he should have won the race. While Vetel is just lucky to have benefited from Hamilton’s retirement.

    1. so when people benefit from Vettel dropping out, they are highly skilled because they’re there to pick up the pieces but when Vettel profits from a dropout he’s lucky???
      Come on.
      and you might want to test out the “t” button on your keyboard ;)

    2. Just out of curiosity, what criteria would have to be met for Vettel to gain your vote for driver of the weekend on another given race weekend?

  7. I’m really wonder if this polls have any meaning anymore. I understand that this is a British site and is logical that British drivers are preferable, as i guess the same happens in Spanish and German sites….
    but REALLY 25% for Lewis ? For a driver that not complete even then half race?
    IF he didn’t had that mechanical failure he probably would cruise to the end of race the same way Vettel did. What will then be his score and why Vettel don’t take the same credit? I guess i answered my self in the start…..
    On the other hand 25 % for Di resta totally fair .

    1. @cosmas

      this is a British site

      No it isn’t – this is a site for F1 fans, regardless of their nationality.

      As has been pointed out countless times before, only around a third of users on the site are British:

      And as has been pointed out earlier in this thread, there is little correlation between which drivers people support and who they vote for:

      1. It was not my intention to offend anybody , especially you Keith. I really like you and respect you and most of the time i have the same opinion like you.
        Υour site is the best for F1 and surely surpasses the borders of UK. Probably if a was British i would support a British driver and so on … this is Ok by me ..
        But ass your statistics show the majority here are British (33%) in contrast to Germans 2% and Spaniard 2% etc. This is due to the origin of the site (language) and in smaller part because F1 is most popular in UK then anywhere else in the world.
        By taking this thinks into account my opinion is that this numbers don’t show the real picture (at least not for some drivers like Vettel ).

        1. @cosmas No offence taken. But if you want to judge whether the voting is affected by who people support, it makes more sense to use the data on who people support rather than make assumptions based on their nationality:

    2. Cruising, Hamilton??

      He not only had pole position by a margin, he had the the second best time as well, clearly the best driver of the weekend until the gear failed, which it what this is about.

      And I’m not British

      1. And I suspect there are many other non-British fans like me very often supporting Lewis and Button (the former for me) but how many British fans support someone other than those two, which could swing the polls and general support on the site.
        Hard to tell, but if some one is not happy they may as well choose not to participate.

      2. If you abuse your equipment then the possibility of a failure will go up. Like a gear failure.

    3. So just because he retired in 1/3 of the race, you’re not allowed to evaluate his performance over the weekend? after what number of laps do you draw the line? in qualy he was evenly matched by vettel up to q2 and beat him when it mattered. he also outqualified his team mate by 6 tenths of a second. and in his 23 laps of the gp, he always maintaned a gap to the ones behind him. he was absolutely on form this weekend and the race win would have most likely gone to him. im not saying everyone should vote for him, but he is obviously among the top 2 candidates, and rightly so!

      1. He failed to beat him when it mattered… IN THE RACE.
        Not only this, but now Ham has taken a major blow in that his WDC hopes are dashed.

    4. I’m not really a fan of Hamilton, but I still considered him as one of the top contenders for driver of the weekend. He produced the outstanding performance in qualifying. He was also doing exactly what his team asked of him in the race. Even if he and Vettel were both on the same number of stops, he would have had a good chance of holding on for the victory given the difficulty of overtaking on that circuit.

      I don’t agree he is “obviously among the top 2” because I actually think Button was doing better in the race and the likes of Di Resta, Alonso and Maldonado who drove competently lower down the field should get a look-in. But he drove well – as well as anyone else, if you ask me. What did he do wrong?

      1. Part of the fact remains (as Costas pointed out) that Vettel did the exact same thing last year as Hamilton would have in this race and Button did in Belgian GP, which is winning pole in a superior car and then cruising to a victory (Ham said he was conserving tyres after the race). And yet Vettel gets shunned last year and But and Ham get the votes this time.

        I think this has little to do with nationality being favoured and more in Vettel being ignored time and time again.

  8. Hamilton, Vettel and di Resta all very good weekends. I think Hamilton had Vettel just about covered so I’ll give the DoTW to Vettel, because its about time he got one and he won from off the front row and made important and decisive passes after his first stop, both of which people have claimed he can’t do.
    Congrats to Glock too on an excellent result for Marussia

  9. I’m going with Lewis. He had everything under control and was cruising from early on. A cruel mechanical failure robbed him of a victory. Mechanicals have been more common this year, but this one may have robbed the championship of a really good fight down to the last race.

    1. remember Vettel after Korea 2010, its far from over.

  10. hard decision this, but in the end i went for timo. sure, quali was situation normal, however the job he did to get the marussia ahead of the caterhams etc and to get marussia their best result so far was worth more than just a mention in dispatches.
    a close second was vergne, simply because of his pragmatic reaction to being unceremoniously punted off by schumacher ;-)
    ham did a very good job, but was let down by a failure that may or may not have been influenced by the brush with the wall at the end of q3.

  11. I voted for Felipe. Because he reminded me of why he’s still my favourite driver, why I still support him as I do despite he lacks the pace he used to have, despite there are other drivers who might be doing a much better job, in Singapore as well. Felipe never gives up, no matter what happens, not even if he gets a puncture on the first lap and finds himself 80 seconds away after one lap when he knows he has been unhappy with the car all weekend. He keeps fighting even though he knows it will take a miracle to get him points. I can’t imagine Hamilton doing the same, at least not without fist asking the team to retire the car to save it for the rest of the season. Schumacher too has proven some lack of that spirit, by his comments in 2009 that Ferrari should’ve given up the season after Barcelona. Alonso on the other hand is another true fighter, just remember Sepang 2010 when he had to improvise in every single corner, when he was unlucky not to get anything for that.

    After the first lap incident where he was hit by Petrov, Felipe was indeed very lucky with the two safety car periods, but even so it only placed him 10th. But he kept on fighting. Back in the days when Felipe still had the pace, in 2007 and 2008, he was heavily critisized for being a coward unable to make good hairy overtaking moves, something he had proven twice in 2007 already with strong fightbacks in Albert Park and Silverstone. His battle with Kubica on Fuji the same year, and his double overtake in Canada 2008 were just some of his great moves. But nothing comes close to the scary move he made on Senna this race, even if he wasn’t brave by trying the move. Senna shut him into the wall and Felipe proved some great car control to survive it. And I was also very happy to see the way he challenged Ricciardo corner after corner, trying to get the traction at the exits all the time and in the end making the move stick. Yes I know, he was on much better tyres than Ricciardo, but Webber failed to do the same in the end of the race.

    Ok so Felipe might not have been the best, cleanest, most efficient driver of the weekend, his qualyfying performance wasn’t great. He might not win this voting, and he might not deserve to, but I can’t vote for anyone else. Because Felipe never gave up and he got 4 points for it in the end. He might not be in Formula 1 next year, but if he won’t, at least he showed today that he still has it.

    1. Not a Massa fan, but he got my vote this weekend. There were lots of great drives in Singapore but I was impressed by Massa coming from dead last and still scoring points. The overtake of Senna showed me that Massa was driving like a man possessed… great stuff.

  12. Tough one this week. To be honest, no one really excelled I don’t think. I gave my vote to Massa though. He recovered from a puncture and managed to finish in the top 10, albeit aided by a Safety Car or too.

  13. That’s gotta be Tim O’Glock, my favourite Irish race driver.

  14. This was a tough decision for me as although a few drivers had good weekends none stood out clearly above the rest for me.

    Hamilton put in a couple of great laps in qualifying to seal pole and looked to be controlling the race and set for another victory until his car let him down, unless there is some serious bad luck for Alonso and Vettel I think this will be Hamilton’s Championship over.

    Maldonado showed his speed again in qualifying to start second and managed to keep out of trouble all weekend, but like Hamilton unfortunately his car let him down in the race.

    Vettel looked quick in free practice but couldn’t put the lap in when it counted in qualifying, but he had a good race and was able to benefit from Hamilton’s retirement to claim the victory.

    Alonso yet again managed to score a podium despite not having the quickest car.

    Di Resta had a good qualifying and managed to achieve his best result in the race with fourth.

    Glock has gone well at Singapore in the past and did so again finishing 12th to give Marussia it’s best result and move them up to 10th in the Championship.

    In the end I decided to vote for Glock with di Resta second.

  15. Funny that someone actually voted for Schumi…. His race reminded me of some news about a senior citizen driving his car through someone’s living room because he hit the gas thinking it was the brake pedal…

  16. For me it was Lewis Hamilton. Fantastic first lap in Q3 and great stuff in the race. Very disappointed to see him retire and maybe lose his chance of the championship but he was on top form. If McLaren can sort out their reliability then they are a force to be reckoned with. They could and should have had 4 wins on the trott now.

  17. Timo Glock has been massively overlooked here, through no fault of his own. Because he’s in a lower team FOM give them less screen time as they’re involved in less action, because what is happening at the front, in all fairness, more interesting. Furthermore, he’s in a lower team, so get’s overlooked anyway.

  18. Looks like we would have to decide the winner by a coin toss

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