Hamilton will start on pole for the Singapore Grand Prix tomorrow, and he’ll be looking to break down the 22 point gap that his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg has on him. With only six races left on the 2014 calendar, these are valuable points that can’t be lost.
- Race: 8 a.m. EDT 9/21
Sebastien Vettel dominated this race last year leading all 61 of the laps, but things won’t be that easy for him this year. Vettel will start in P4 tomorrow behind both of the Mercedes drivers and his teammate Daniel Ricciardo, but he’s not counting himself out just yet. In the post-qualifying press conference, he said:
“We’ll hope to have a good race tomorrow, with good pit stops and a good strategy and we’ll see what we can do from there. I think we have good speed, but everyone seems to have good speed here. It’s a long race, so we’ll see how the tyres work and what we can do.”
A maximum of 175 points are available to any one driver in the rest of the season and if Hamilton hopes to make a run at the championship, he’ll need to start getting race wins now. Getting pole position is a good start, but Hamilton will need wins to reel back in an escaping Rosberg, especially with the double points race in Abu Dhabi (double points may not happen in 2015). Overall, Hamilton can be pleased with his qualifying performance and expect a good race come Sunday night (or morning if you’re in the U.S.).
The Singapore GP is one of the most exciting races of the year, the nighttime, the lights, the fireworks and of course the racing are sure to prevail this weekend. Look for Lewis Hamilton to defend his starting position for the long run when the lights go out. Lewis finished fifth at Singapore last year, but with a new car and a chance at the championship, anything but a win will be disappointment for the Englishmen.
– Drew Bennison
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