Having only raced once in the past eight weeks, it's nice to see the Formula One teams back in action; this time at the Singapore Grand Prix in Southeast Asia. This will be the fifth race at the Marina Bay Street circuit with current points leader Fernando Alonzo having won two of them so far. But who will win in 2012? Here are the top six contenders.
6. Nico Rosberg - He has a podium and three Top 10s in four starts in Singapore. I see the German grabbing a spot near the top.
5. Sebastian Vettel - Why am I not choosing last year's dominant winner higher than this? I know he hasn't done worse than a top five at this track but this isn't the same year Vettel has had in the past. Odd things have kept the defending two-time champion from his usual results this season and Singapore may be no different.
4. Kimi Raikkonen - No, he hasn't done particularly well at Singapore but he's been knocking on the door of a win all year - six straight top fives at present. He'll be near another podium again.
3. Jenson Button - He's been getting closer to a win every year since he started running at Singapore, finishing second last season. Button has had an all-or-nothing kind of year. Which result will he earn this week?
2. Lewis Hamilton - He won this event three years ago and has three top fives in four starts here. Somewhat like his McLaren teammate Button, it's been win or out for the 2008 world champ. For instance: in the last four events, he has two wins and two finishes out of the top 20. Will he win this time?
1. Fernando Alonzo - The points leader has two wins at Singapore. The two-time world champion won his championships by winning lots of races but so far this year he's doing it with consistency. He has 10 top fives in 13 starts for 2012. Alonzo will add to his win total with his fourth victory this season.
I can see anyone of these drivers winning and certainly, Alonzo hasn't had the dominating car - just the best, race-in and race-out. And speaking of, the best I can do for a longshot is Alonzo's Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa. Massa had the pole four years ago at Singapore and has two straight top fives this year heading into this event.
The Singapore race is 61 laps with each circuit length 3.1 miles. The event is Sunday September 23rd with the start time at 8:00AM Eastern Time (5:00AM Pacific) and will be broadcast in the U.S. on Speed Channel. F1 takes off the next week but is back in action the following week at Suzuka, Japan.
Sources - Formula One, Racing Reference
Daryle has been involved in motorsports most of his life and has three decades of experience inside racemarketing, plus for several years has blogged about every type of racing.
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