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Singapore GP: Williams Martini Race Review

By Williams Martini Racing
September 17 2018

 Williams Martini Singapore GP Race Review
Race Notes
• Lance Stroll finished 14th and Sergey Sirotkin 19th in the Singapore Grand Prix
• Sergey started on the ultrasoft Pirelli tyre in P19, with Lance P20 on the soft Pirelli tyre
• The Safety Car was immediately deployed on the first lap
• Sergey picked up debris so made an early stop, switching to the soft tyre on lap 3 as the safety car ended
• Both drivers made a clean restart, Lance climbed to P14, with Sergey behind in P15
• Lance pitted on lap 40 for the ultrasoft tyre whilst Sergey pitted again on lap 45
Sergey Sirotkin:
"It was a fight. I fought all my way through, I was fighting and squeezing every single moment. We were in a good position at the beginning of the race, and up to the point of contact with the Force India car. This caused a lot of damage to my car and after that it was more about survival. It’s a difficult track to overtake, so I still fought as hard as I could to protect the car and keep my position, but lap after lap, it was becoming more difficult and the car was falling apart. I gave everything in terms of myself and with the car to bring the best performance home."
Stroll Lance Stroll:
"I will have to watch the race, as I don't really know what happened around me, but I think there was quite a bit of chaos, so probably I benefited from that. I am really happy with the end result as 14th was a great result for the pace we had yesterday, and throughout the weekend. It wasn't easy - I would say more mentally than physically. I felt pretty good in the car as physically I had prepared. Mentally I am on the edge with no room for error. It wasn't easy as every millimetre counts round here and one millimetre too much is contact with the wall. I was trying to get everything out of the car on every lap, as for sure 61 laps round a track like this are very challenging. I pulled it off, so I am happy."
Paddy Lowe Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer:
"It was a normal long race in Singapore and full of events. Sergey picked up a bit of wheel rim from Ocon’s accident which meant we had to take an early stop. We put the soft tyre on, planning to go to the end. Sergey did a fantastic job, managing the tyre and his pace, keeping traffic behind him under a lot of pressure. He ultimately got caught up in an impact with Perez, and that ruined his race otherwise he could have been looking at quite a good finishing position. On Lance’s side, we took advantage of the traffic and the different queues on the circuit to optimise his pitstop which gave him a better track position than we could have hoped for at the start. He was able to come in 15th on the road and inherited 14th due to a time penalty for Grosjean, which we were chasing until the end. So real congratulations to the team, another two cars home in a very tough race, and especially to the drivers; they were driving at the maximum for nearly two hours and got the best they could from the car."

Track: Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
Lap Length: 5.065 km / 3.147 miles

Weather: Warm and dry
Air: 29-30°C Track: 32-44°C




Time (Fastest Lap)



L Hamilton Mercedes 1:51:11.611 (1:42.913)


2 M Verstappen Red Bull + 8.961 (1:43.345) 2
3 S Vettel Ferrari + 39.945 (1:44.669) 3
14 L STROLL Williams Martini Racing +1 LAP (1:46.033) 20
19 S SIROTKIN Williams Martini Racing + 2 LAPS (1:45.902) 19

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