Fernando Alonso

Singapore GP – Alonso a brilliant second, Massa sixth

Singapore, 22 September – Scuderia Ferrari finished the Singapore Grand Prix in second place with Fernando Alonso and sixth with Felipe Massa. The Spaniard thus consolidates his second place in the Drivers’ classification, with 187 points. The Scuderia picked up more points than any other team tonight, strengthening its second place in the Constructors’ championship.

Both Ferrari men started on the Supersoft tyres and, as the lights went out, Alonso got a great start, making up four places to lie third at the first chicane. Massa dropped one place to his team-mate, but passed Hamilton in the Mercedes to retain sixth.

Felipe pitted on lap 12 to fit Medium tyres, with Fernando doing the same two laps later. The Safety Car came out on lap 25 and both Ferrari men pitted for their second stop, the Spaniard again fitting Mediums, the Brazilian switching back to Supersoft. Massa made his third and final tyre change on lap 42, fitting Mediums for the final stint. However, Alonso stayed out, doing no less than 36 laps on the same tyres. It allowed the Spaniard to stay second, crossing the line behind the winner, Sebastian Vettel and ahead of third placed Kimi Raikkonen.

The final stages witnessed a great climb up the order for Felipe Massa. Having dropped to fourteenth after his final stop, he worked his way up all the way back to sixth place at the flag.