Reputations were enhanced and tarnished over the Singapore Grand Prix weekend and as part of our brand new format for F1 coverage, we’re going to bring you our report card from the Singapore GP. Each driver is rated on a score of A* to D, and there’s no prizes for guessing our best performing driver under the lights of Marina Bay this weekend. Let us know if you agree with our report card in the comments below.
A* – Vettel – Drove a masterful race to remind us just why he is a quadruple world champion
A – Ricciardo – Bought Red Bull a much needed podium to highlight where exactly they could be with a competitive engine
A-Verstappen- Incredible drive from last place to take eighth at the flag, his stock keeps rising
A – Sainz – Assured drive to seal a valuable haul of points for Torro Rosso
A – Kyvat – Unfortunate to lose out during the VSC, strong qualifying and practice results ensure Kyvat came out of the weekend with his reputation very much intact.
A – Perez – Great move on Grosjean, and collected more valuable points for Force India in the race for fifth in the constructors, great form of late.
B+ – Rossi – Flew silently under the radar but finished ahead of his more experienced teammate Stevens, after crashing badly on Friday. A solid debut for Manor’s new boy, especially with no team radio!
B+ – Bottas – A quiet even in Singapore for Bottas, but did well to rise to take fifth by the end at a circuit which clearly doesn’t favour Williams.
B – Raikkonen – Important podium for Kimi, good to see him back but was outclassed by Vettel all weekend
B – Rosberg – Quiet race, mystified by Merc’s loss of pace but struggled to match Hamilton in the early stages
B – Hamilton – Unfortunate retirement, did well to keep pace at the start where Rosberg struggled
B – Grosjean – Walloped Maldonado again in qualifying and was going strongly in an underdeveloped Lotus before his retirement.
B- Alonso – DIfficult to judge in an uncompetitive McLaren, another DNF on their strongest weekend to score points, credit for getting up into the top ten.
B-Button- Similar to Alonso, unfortunate to have his race ruined by the “mental” Maldonado.
B – Nasr – Quiet race and a mature solid drive to a valuable point for Sauber
C – Massa – Unfortunate collision with Hulkenberg after a strong weekend at Monza, like Bottas, will expect to be back challenging for podiums come Suzuka.
C – Ericsson – Out qualified and out raced by his teammate after an impressive summer.
C – Stevens – Out raced by Rossi on his debut for the team.
C – Hulkenberg – Penalised (maybe unfairly) for his race ending crash with Massa, was going well up until then.
D – Maldonado – Nothing to say here apart from “Mental”. Lotus must be desperate for money.