If it's news you're looking for, then motorsport is a good place to be hanging out. We've had the fallout of power unit shuffling - Honda, Renault, Toro Rosso, McLaren - as well as driver movements, calendar changes, and some exciting news coming out of Formula E. In this round-up, we've got all that and more, so let's just get started.
Certain power unit news has been dominating the headlines, and certain first lap chaos has been dominating our thoughts, but there was more to the Singapore weekend than all that. Drivers were up to all sorts of mischief, and I caught as much of it as I could and handed out points where possible. Carlos Sainz picked up a good haul this weekend, but leader Daniel Ricciardo knows what he's doing!
We’ve been waiting nine years but it finally happened. Singapore’s turbulent climate decided to dump its daily rain shower during the race and set up a classic. Drivers and teams didn’t know what direction to go in from the start and it was the top runners that were left looking foolish. That left some of the junior drivers to star and show their maturity as they kept it out of the wall, or their teammates right ‘til the end.
Mercedes looked to be on the back foot going into the race in Singapore, but after the first lap it became clear they were going to get a good result and by the end of the race, they'd secured a win for Lewis Hamilton and a third place for Valtteri Bottas.
Amongst the flurry of announcements that came out of the Singapore weekend was one that may not have been a surprise to many. Sergio Pérez is staying at Force India for a fifth consecutive season, with a one year contract to take him to the end of 2018.
We've not seen a wet race in Singapore until now, but the heavens opened above the Marina Bay track just as the race was about to start. With a mix of intermediate and full wet tyres on the grid, there was only ever going to be chaos into the first corner - and that's just what we got. The first half of the race was fascinating, the second half lost quite a lot of the tension that had been built up, but all in all it feels like this was a crucial point of the 2017 championship campaign.
With Red Bull leading all three of the practice sessions in Singapore, they had looked in a great position to fight for pole position. The battle went down to the very last flying laps, but both Verstappen and Ricciardo were pipped to pole position by Sebastian Vettel. Kimi Räikkönen ended up fourth, with the Mercedes drivers having to settle for fifth and sixth on the grid.
You would think Honda might learn from talking up expectations too soon into a new partnership, but they have quickly revealed their goals with the Toro Rosso team just one day after the deal was announced. The power unit supplier want to push Toro Rosso to at least third in the championship next season, despite finishing no higher than sixth with McLaren, and Toro Rosso finishing no higher than sixth... ever.
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