• Singapore Grand Prix

Post-race driver rundown

Laurence Edmondson and Martin Williamson
September 26, 2010

Fernando Alonso - 1st
The two-time champion was in his element on the streets of Singapore, pushing to the limit when he needed to but never making a mistake to give Vettel a sniff of victory. It should have been a Red Bull weekend but Alonso's faultless qualifying performance and supreme race craft earned him a deserved victory. On this form he is the favourite for the title; the only concern will be the effect of 61 flat-out laps on his Ferrari engine now that he is one failure away from a 10-pace grid penalty... or worse a retirement

Sebastian Vettel - 2nd
He gave everything he could by flinging his Red Bull within inches of the wall and running his brakes to the limit, but to overtake Alonso would have been a risk too far. His team should have pitted him earlier or later than Alonso in the knowledge that it was a zero-sum game, but it may well have had the wider championship picture in its mind

Mark Webber - 3rd
If Webber does take the title it will be because of drives like this one. It was clear in qualifying that he was off the pace of the lead two and beating the McLarens was the real target today. Red Bull's decision to pit him early was risky and it was only Webber's brilliant drive through the field on a circuit where overtaking is almost a taboo that made it work. He can't be blamed for the collision with Hamilton and was in fact lucky to make the end of the race - Christian Horner said his dislodged tyre would have done another half mile at most before failing. A bit of luck goes a long way

Jenson Button - 4th
He should have given Webber more of a headache in the closing stages of the race but once again was struggling with rear-end grip. The McLaren needed to be taken by the scruff of the neck to be fast in Singapore and, despite his best attempts, Button couldn't do that. 12 points is a decent haul but it was a defensive rather than offensive drive, and from his place in the drivers' standings that simply isn't enough

Nico Rosberg - 5th
It was the kind of race that he thrives in, with no pressure from those around him and a clear track to plug away on. He was consistent throughout and produced another performance to boost his stock and turn up the pressure on his illustrious Mercedes team-mate

Rubens Barrichello - 6th
If there was any doubt as to whether Williams should keep Barrichello for 2011, this performance banished it. He was one of the stars of qualifying and then delivered in the race even though his Williams - fat with fuel due to the Cosworth engine's unquenchable thirst - was slow off the line. He even managed to keep Webber comfortably behind when he came under pressure midway through the race

Robert Kubica - 7th
His second half of the race was one of the drives of the season and should be enough to convince anyone that, given a competitive car, Kubica would be a title contender. He had to make a second pit stop due to a slow puncture but then put in a sterling performance on fresh rubber to drag his way back into the points from 12th

Felipe Massa - 8th
He pitted on the first lap to find some clear air in the hope of pumping in times comparable to team-mate Alonso. It was a good strategy but was ruined by the safety car that effectively dropped him right into the middle of the pack and forced him to make one set of tyres last the entire race. It was an unlucky weekend overall and one he will be keen to forget

Adrian Sutil - 9th
After qualifying it looked as though the Force Indias would be also-rans in the race. However, Sutil took his chances and, despite being battered around, secured a good result. The edge was slightly taken off his performance when he was given a 20-second penalty by the stewards after the race for running wide at turn seven at the start. He dropped to ninth from eighth as a result

Nico Hulkenberg - 10th
Another slightly erratic performance for the German rookie, but one that ultimately paid off as he took home a point after starting from 17th on the grid. It could have been more had he not skipped part of the track and been penalised after the race

Vitaly Petrov - 11th
His whole weekend was a little cautious, and that is one thing you cannot afford to be around the Marina Bay circuit. On Friday he decided not to run the F-duct to avoid the extra distraction, but in doing so gave away a considerable performance advantage to team-mate Kubica. At a time when his position in F1 is under scrutiny, he really needed to take risks and make them pay off

Jaime Alguersuari - 12th
A real case of what could have been. He qualified 11th but had to start from the pit lane due to a water leak, effectively screwing his chances of taking points. He was faster than team-mate Buemi all weekend but sadly didn't get the points to prove it in the championship standings

A broken front wing didn't help Michael Schumacher's chances © Sutton Images
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Michael Schumacher - 13th
A performance which gave more ammunition for his critics, with two accidents just adding to the sense this was a weekend best forgotten. But when Sauber's James Key states Kobayashi got stuck behind "a really slow Schumacher" you have to start wondering where he goes from here. On the plus side, he put in some good laps in the later stages

Sebastien Buemi - 14th
A difficult day, starting with a first-lap coming together with Kobayashi which caused some performance issues and another two pit stops meant he was never in a position to challenge for points

Lucas di Grassi - 15th
Finishing in itself is a goal for the Virgins and that di Grassi did when the HRTs, Lotuses and his team-mate didn't represents a good weekend at the office. That he was way off the pace is almost irrelevant

Timo Glock - DNF - hydraulics
Enjoyed more than his share of the limelight as he fought off a lengthening string of cars massing behind him and at one stage was running as high as tenth, but he slid down the field before the familiar hydraulic issues returned

Heikki Kovalainen - DNF - ruptured fuel tank
The most spectacular exit from a race for some time, he gradually brought his blazing Lotus to a halt and then grabbed an extinguisher to put out the fire. Until then had driven a good race but a coming together with Buemi appears to have ruptured his fuel tank leading to the fire

Nick Heidfeld - DNF - accident
Collided with Liuzzi on the first lap which set him back, and thereafter struggled with his car's set-up. His day ended when he was hit by Schumacher

Lewis Hamilton - DNF - accident
Battled hard in a fierce scrap behind Alonso at the front but for the second race running he failed to finish. He overtook Webber but, depending on who you support, either he cut in too early at the next turn and collided with the Red Bull or Webber failed to brake in time. Either way, his title hopes continued to slip

Christian Klien - DNF - hydraulics
A creditable return to F1, outperforming Senna and he was putting in a decent showing before suffering hydraulic failure on lap 32

Kamui Kobayashi - DNF - accident
Slow at the start, he battled hard but after overtaking Schumacher with a little too much gusto he pushed hard on worn tyres, lost control and piled into a wall

Bruno Senna - DNF - accident
The presence of Klien put more pressure on Senna to perform but he failed to rise to the challenge and there is a feeling that while the HRT is slow, Senna is not helping. Loitered near the back until he shunted the crashed Kobayashi

Jarno Trulli - DNF - hydraulics
A decent start, heading the Virgins in their ongoing battle near the back, but a puncture and then hydraulic problems ended his race

Tonio Liuzzi - DNF - suspension
With rumours increasing his seat for 2011 is under serious threat, he needed a good showing here. Instead he was thumped by Heidfeld on the first lap and although it did not appear serious, his suspension collapsed soon after

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