Driver Performance Analysis: Singapore
Published 27th September 2012 - Written by Craig Norman
Paul Di Resta
We’ve already done him – read our Top Dog report here.
A few seasons plugging away at the back of the grid can take a lot out of a driver, and critics can think they they might lose their edge when it comes to pulling out big performances.
Not so with Timo Glock this weekend, who overcame a slight nudge on the barrier and a bit of damage to his Marussia to come home ahead of their arch rivals, Caterham. That now puts them ahead of the green-and-gold cars in the contructor’s race, and if they stay there it means more money for 2013.
Heroes weren’t just found at the front of the grid this weekend; one was way down in 12th.
One of the cockiest drivers on the grid, too nice to dislike and too good to question his ability. Sadly for fans we were denied of a potentially thrilling fight between him and Hamilton for the victory, instead we had ‘the finger’ on the podium with a gifted victory.
Alonso’s 3rd place keeps him firmly in control of the championship, but it’s good to know that it’s far from a runaway lead – love him or not, Vettel is back on the title offensive.
We may have bashed him a bit a the start of the season, but Felipe will be relived to see that we’ve relented since then and rightly so – the Ferrari number two has put in some stellar performances recently and Sunday was no different. Dropped to last after a first lap pit stop, many of us would have hit pause-restart, but not Massa, no. He ploughed on and had an impressive duel with Bruno Senna on his way to a solid 8th place and some important points for Ferrari. Well done chap, as Rob Smedley may have said.
Another big off from the legend, this time eliminating Jean-Eric Vergne, a driver who was on course for a strong finish. Last time he did that it was against Bruno Senna in Spain, which was dangerous enough. Singapore has closer walls.
Was a 10-place penalty enough punishment? Other drivers have made smaller, less regular indiscretions all season but have had their wrist slapped harder.
At a time where the pressure is increasing in terms of contracts, a driver coming to the end of a 3-year deal, looking for a renewal, shouldn’t be barrelling into other cars – it’s a big no-no. But, if your name’s Michael Schumacher, you might just get away with it.
Unbelievably, the Venezuelan didn’t put a wheel wrong all weekend. For once.
Pastor finally put in a performance that can let all his supporters sleep easy at night. He put in an absolutely blinding lap to line up behind Lewis Hamilton on the grid – last time he did that, he went on to win in Spain, don’t forget.
Clean and fast? We could just be seeing the second coming of Pastor, fingers crossed.