In what seemed to be a turnaround of massive proportions, Hamilton left the Singapore leg of the Grand Prix today first in the Drivers’ Championship Standings as a Wiring loom failure meant teammate Nico Rosberg was forced to retire early.
Hamilton and Rosberg have endured a bitter-sweet relationship ever since the purposeful-crash accusation earlier this year and Hamilton fans and Brits around the world will no doubt be claiming this as ‘justice’ and celebrating the win.
This was also an important race as it was only recently that the FIA announced they were looking to ban certain communications between the pit and the car, particularly elements of ‘coaching’ since article 20.1 states that a driver must be ‘unaided’ – something that can be seen as a backlash of the Mercedes team trying to instruct Hamilton to fall behind Rosberg to take 2nd place recently.
Having finished first and second respectively in the qualifying event, Hamilton and Rosberg were lined up with the other drivers but a particularly dry grid led to problems even before the start. Nico’s car stalled thanks to faulty electronics at the start of the formation and by Lap 13 he retired having had to start from the pit lane. It was a blow to his Championship hopes with Lewis being the better driver over the last few races and the bookies are certainly reacting to this, dropping the odds on Hamilton by over half!
While Mercedes were still glad to take the top podium space, Hamilton spared them from an embarrassing day where Red-Bull Renault took 33 points combined, beating the aggregated points of Mercedes for the first time in ages. This will be of little consolation though as they are still a seemingly-impossible 174 points off the top place, but has widened the gap between them and 3rd place Williams-Mercedes.
We look forward to watching the rest of the season pan out and seeing what will happen.