F1: 5 talking points from dramatic 2017 Singapore Grand Prix
A lot of action and controversy at the Singapore GP. What were the biggest takeaways? We break it down.
At the end of a long, wet and drama-filled race, Lewis Hamilton stood on the top step of the podium at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. The grueling race win was his third consecutive and seventh overall of 2017. More importantly, it allows him to carry a healthy 28-point lead in the driver's championship to Malaysia, courtesy of Sebastian Vettel's crash on Lap 1.
Singapore was on the receiving end of heavy downpour just four hours prior to the race and that made the start very interesting. Teams had never driven a wet race at the circuit and to make matters worse they hadn't even had a wet practice session on Friday or Saturday.
Three safety car stints, only 11 drivers classifying at the end and a race that ran to the full limit of two hours, the Singapore Grand Prix had many takeaways. Here are the five biggest talking points from it:
Honorable Mention: Alonso in the wrong place at the wrong time
The new McLaren-Renault deal announced earlier in the weekend was a sigh of relief for Fernando Alonso, who could now move on to deciding his own future with the team.
On the basis of the practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, the team hoping for a double points finish wasn't too outlandish. Not to mention, the double world champion's tremendous start that saw him jump up to almost third before being hit by Max Verstappen, who was in turn hit by Kimi Raikkonen.
What if Alonso was a second early or late while angling into Turn 1? Could he have pulled off a podium? We will never know but one thing's for sure... the Honda engines came through for the team in Singapore, proven by Stoffel Vandoorne's strong seventh-place finish.