Round 15 Singapore

  • In a largely processional Singapore Grand Prix, both Toro Rosso Hondas fought hard but were ultimately unable to score points.


MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT, Singapore, September 16, 2018

In a largely processional Singapore Grand Prix, both Toro Rosso Hondas fought hard but were ultimately unable to score points. An often attritional race was surprisingly calm, with only one car retiring. Starting from 15th, Pierre made a strong start to run 12th before his hypersoft types started to degrade and he lost position to Charles Leclerc. After his pit stop he was involved in a number of battles and ended up crossing the line in 13th place. For Brendon, an aggressive strategy saw him make an earlier pit stop to switch to ultrasofts. He was involved in a big scrap including Pierre and a number of other cars, but then lost time when almost forced into the barrier by Sergey Sirotkin - a move that earned the Williams driver a penalty - and finished in the same position he started,17th. On a circuit that is demanding on both the drivers and the power unit, the PU ran smoothly throughout the race and allowed Pierre and Brendon to race hard until the chequered flag.


“We struggled at the start of the weekend, with a lack of pace from FP1 onwards and although we made a small improvement in time for qualifying, it wasn’t really enough to be competitive in the mid-field. Again, we saw that improvement in our race pace tonight, but starting so far back it was always going to be very difficult to get into the points on a street circuit where overtaking is very difficult. So, overall a tough and disappointing weekend. Now our attention turns immediately to the next round in Russia.”

“It was a bit of a strange race today. I had a good start, recovered three positions and was P12 after the first lap. We gambled with the tyres and started with the Hypersoft, but in the end it was much more difficult than we thought and I really struggled to make them last at the end of the stint. After the first pit stop, I was in the mess with Sirotkin and Grosjean, and with all of the blue flags I lost quite a bit of time. I tried to do the maximum inside of the car, but I didn’t have the pace to fight for points all weekend.”

“We rolled the dice today and decided to pit early, I was quicker than the guys in front being on the Hypersoft. We changed to the Ultrasoft and a lot of people covered us which put us back in traffic, so it didn’t really work out. We decided to do another pit stop and I got stuck behind the Williams and lost a place to Magnussen, there was a couple of good scraps out there but we didn’t have the pace for points today. It’s disappointing as we had high hopes for Singapore. It was a tough race, we got to the end but there’s no celebrations today. We chose to start on the Hypersoft because we knew we potentially had better tyre life than others around us, and we hoped we could make ground on the first lap. It was a bit tricky because Ocon went into the wall, but we were very competitive in the first stint on the Hypersoft. We tried to do something different to move up the field, but it didn’t work out.”


Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix 2018
Round 15: Singapore


1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
5 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren
8 Carlos Sainz Renault
9 Charles Leclerc Sauber
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
13 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
14 Lance Stroll Williams
15 Romain Grosjean Haas
16 Sergio Perez Force India
17 Brendon Hartley Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams
NC Esteban Ocon Force India