Crash and four pit stops help Perez into points

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Sergio Perez claimed a useful seventh place in the Singapore Grand Prix, but ironically he probably wouldn’t have been in a position to do so had he not collided with Adrian Sutil earlier in the race.

Perez was running 16th and had just made his second pit stop when he tangled with the Sauber driver at turn eight. The contact broke his front wing, but while Perez headed back to the pits for a replacement the Safety Car was deployed so the debris could be cleared.

This was a gift for Perez as the incident had left him a lap down. When the lapped drivers were allowed to rejoin the lead lap he found himself back in the hunt for points and on fresh tyres.

He made little progress once the race resumed but with 16 laps to go Force India decided to switch him onto the super-soft tyre to give him the chance to benefit from any drivers who ran into trouble nursing their soft compounds to the end.

That’s exactly how it played out: Valtteri Bottas held up a queue including Kimi Raikkonen, Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg – and Perez passed the lot of them within the final two laps.

“Those in front of me at the end had big tyre degradation, but this affected me as well,” he said. “When I caught the train ahead I didn’t have much grip either and this made each one of the overtakes a bit more difficult. We managed our tyres perfectly and to go from P15 to P7 was the reward we deserved.”

Deserved it may have been, but it’s doubtful it would have happened at all had he not collided with Sutil.

Another driver Perez might have come up against in his late-race charge was Jenson Button. The McLaren driver was poised to strike at Bottas when his car failed.

“I was cueing things up for the end of the grand prix,” said Button. “I’d been looking after the tyres for the whole stint, and I knew the last five laps were when things were going to get tricky for Valtteri ahead of me.”

“I’d just switched the car into a different mode, and the chase was starting to get quite exciting. Then, a few corners later, the car just died going into the hairpin. Going across the bridge, it just turned off, so I had to stop.”

Singapore Grand Prix lap chart

The positions of each driver on every lap. Use the controls below to show/hide different drivers:

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Nico Rosberg221212120202020201919181720
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Jenson Button117777777776552388888888766555557777777777777777777777
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Nico Hulkenberg13121212121212121215181514131311111111111111111081011111111111112121212121212121212121110109999999888889109
Esteban Gutierrez14131313131313131312111081010151719
Sergio Perez151414141414141414131211778121616161616161614121212121214161717171717171717161515151414171616141414141413131211111197
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Kamui Kobayashi20
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Singapore Grand Prix race chart

The gaps between each driver on every lap. Use the controls below to show/hide different drivers:

Lewis Hamilton000000000000000000000000001.61900000000000000000000000000.3860000000
Nico Rosberg16.70522.34927.88232.36136.09540.40545.86651.04355.80761.96568.99875.64180.317
Daniel Ricciardo4.0265.1246.4737.6649.10510.4811.8712.7413.76514.95615.73923.92736.96815.56814.4913.57913.78114.17314.17614.68915.06115.38815.98116.5817.70711.396019.18220.43220.75829.6756.7384.3314.3141.5621.9751.3024.2897.1719.13310.89513.55515.96518.48320.92522.75524.70925.77526.99927.39328.05620.1952.6263.7244.8666.9138.73911.11212.96514.273
Sebastian Vettel1.6791.6651.6861.6842.1862.3592.8213.1433.8195.126.65716.13130.2638.8697.7037.037.2037.3287.597.968.6469.2719.88810.65819.47631.710.69510.38411.68212.13819.7875.363.1823.1160.9950.8950.9273.2945.8447.619.71311.5813.55115.31617.36918.76920.39621.15722.73324.01425.27618.1402.1263.7366.1698.05710.61612.10513.534
Fernando Alonso3.3514.3035.2616.057.0027.3528.2078.7899.48710.75211.79920.54833.00411.73511.05710.18510.47910.54910.36810.33810.57110.91311.09318.67434.94227.025.6114.4625.2555.90917.9228.8614.9735.212.7192.6831.725.9029.611.5313.78215.52117.71220.09922.47324.24825.96227.06628.64628.92529.62821.4563.5824.7255.6057.5189.33711.68113.51315.389
Felipe Massa6.3527.2338.4689.90411.41813.12814.74916.70118.36227.59747.62148.53142.89623.21822.42822.10822.74223.44723.7124.55325.96634.57953.6954.26154.83347.97327.73227.81730.02632.02647.32718.9946.5037.7273.7893.3862.2266.9211.1313.81416.81319.82922.75625.47528.60531.49734.49536.74839.73441.96944.78138.37321.69724.06426.629.53732.69635.83838.31442.161
Kimi Raikkonen4.9285.9847.3438.78810.26411.99513.57115.26516.87218.92327.97848.91443.33424.36723.58424.48825.02225.54925.89326.51227.66528.8328.95729.70637.449.72129.29928.75930.69132.79756.36844.78812.69311.9857.9397.8243.9529.27114.09617.21820.62824.23227.53230.55534.11236.98840.60643.13946.94649.70153.09947.731.09734.25937.73942.00545.86950.17355.58960.641
Valtteri Bottas8.1489.48311.15512.63314.77816.62118.39820.11722.1624.58633.97953.90447.33827.52527.25227.16328.41529.38730.46631.63432.65333.59142.68462.32761.42553.89433.24232.88434.61835.54453.09825.7437.5258.5634.4954.4842.7027.91312.51115.55818.96422.2825.99128.87732.39135.46139.3141.91945.41348.40451.75246.48430.56133.80237.23441.62645.38249.62155.1565.065
Kevin Magnussen9.49511.5113.43815.3217.68519.59521.65623.54825.39627.36729.30131.55634.05533.55634.4834.96236.22137.56439.17340.98842.95644.82447.01449.35751.65253.1752.36351.54752.88653.51478.7951.22417.66513.2619.03510.8815.19810.13915.21218.51722.25525.79329.39232.7435.72446.15867.95966.75567.31266.11665.43956.39639.17442.57644.96145.94447.27251.82358.29462.23
Daniil Kvyat9.96912.29914.05416.07718.4820.49223.04627.30230.51141.55866.04167.14361.08942.76844.03345.12347.39349.33251.22653.87457.35960.50470.32291.40491.17784.19664.30765.66670.79880.497112.54253.31921.78414.95610.16411.6375.97110.91216.00819.71823.47228.08342.19465.68865.80566.73969.87273.69474.76575.31676.02267.75748.31248.82250.17253.56457.39262.06666.39672.008
Jenson Button7.1578.6699.90611.30913.44514.96316.42218.24120.11622.16723.96126.17121.5611.46231.23331.06532.71234.34736.15637.62239.31541.0842.79844.15445.56940.05621.86723.67427.46930.63153.34840.73111.56810.3856.3396.3383.4248.55613.3916.49119.85422.93126.87629.68133.15736.19239.98642.54946.1649.08252.44147.062
Jean-Eric Vergne10.43412.92214.73516.71219.24621.32223.3425.54427.51430.06639.33759.95352.3433.14333.11532.92133.83435.1837.01938.78541.17243.55945.58854.80180.34371.9751.22650.23751.68652.50276.83445.86716.21212.6828.5749.6474.6689.6814.73317.8921.36725.21128.53738.59259.66159.63959.84958.94359.21759.06860.3853.51436.91136.91438.8342.79446.76850.49951.61151.801
Nico Hulkenberg11.11314.04616.17718.40921.08323.27425.6829.0839.61660.91160.87161.29255.33535.48136.86437.59139.37940.73542.27444.46646.54248.9751.60753.95764.99377.20656.44456.60358.47159.74793.07774.77627.1515.5510.8912.4136.4311.41616.74620.36624.17328.71432.59434.70137.55140.8443.8445.95448.58350.74153.94848.59332.21335.11238.4642.49646.35451.30856.98761.661
Esteban Gutierrez11.9414.79817.20919.99423.20425.54128.58131.61134.74238.61942.5748.41847.21833.07348.77879.59795.645
Sergio Perez12.57815.41317.93220.60923.92726.64929.49532.50935.50639.2243.15346.26342.5727.33737.71659.5862.33863.82966.21168.68371.88775.42579.01381.65484.07480.23762.41564.33576.561124.869192.205167.139162.336134.70583.87941.6098.75216.47421.0624.05327.71631.79536.20247.52168.00867.95670.36272.55972.77272.11571.96863.15343.93844.40548.50450.93651.1652.63756.15659.038
Romain Grosjean13.06115.93818.55820.94624.54727.20830.13833.09136.19546.63769.19771.4465.41845.6847.64148.80350.72352.62654.45756.29858.39168.5688.6789.08689.21282.34862.76564.74769.95284.053128.9575.78129.69616.89312.76513.5146.83814.88119.60222.47126.84830.58735.66339.66642.66245.42948.84251.02754.14956.32859.9455.30340.43543.59448.67752.73256.74260.45663.34768.029
Adrian Sutil13.42316.79919.95622.53425.60728.59232.68445.52266.86367.52470.3876.20772.38853.41654.30956.1358.77561.07663.50966.74670.26473.49276.8888.443111.339105.6187.92791.7196.097114.501150.162104.29660.66420.77513.91814.7717.20111.817.16228.127
Pastor Maldonado13.78217.24820.57323.2326.27929.37132.78835.6740.61643.67953.74476.7672.72854.06355.08956.67559.36261.83164.08967.24870.90874.4485.446105.538107.2999.91379.94580.74883.012101.46153.258105.04261.73621.28315.13315.6937.70413.16218.00321.59526.16529.87135.41238.49741.22844.54147.6549.74552.60354.73258.82352.70538.86741.95747.04652.18655.4359.10562.48566.915
Jules Bianchi14.7619.25222.95926.47331.14335.18239.05143.08246.96551.24555.11959.74558.18842.47954.7479.65282.86286.39689.49192.88895.83298.812101.62104.526108.87104.54987.28692.98398.969125.803189.742166.111161.61133.93482.94140.3628.22415.93423.28528.54633.37838.30843.66848.26160.75584.2986.06287.99990.63191.98694.2987.64970.2772.65276.05279.76983.53588.30391.17294.543
Kamui Kobayashi
Max Chilton15.98122.04627.38232.88438.8143.73849.24954.28759.13464.99772.30479.14377.76462.87168.61282.667108.018125.395160.44164.44168.798173.82179.969184.83189.128189.674174.968179.506191.177245.103241.416185.924174.577156.398109.41969.8730.02736.98745.01851.51467.47794.36796.709100.255103.984107.737112.004116.512120.762123.171126.109121.408105.819108.804111.745118.26122.487131.156135.476
Marcus Ericsson15.37520.52225.73730.37135.59740.00745.46950.555.39360.67768.58682.7599.75480.75783.16486.37890.22693.86797.712102.122106.293110.626116.362120.549124.699121.956105.71109.933118.967156.849205.355170.943167.443141.58594.28755.92515.88521.0726.72932.30137.56642.31946.93551.62956.83762.3967.72175.25880.73784.7889.04484.04268.53272.06275.45679.36582.78686.68490.10494.188

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43 comments on “Crash and four pit stops help Perez into points”

  1. Its bizarre to think that Perez’s incident that brought out the SC actually helped him attain a better result in the end. Don’t get me wrong and think that I think he did it deliberately, it just seems like things like that shouldn’t be able to happen. While it was Perez’s gain, I think it was the loss of the others who tried to hang out for too long.
    While Hamilton was one of the few that took a very aggressive approach. Despite the fact that Hamilton had a very good car/package, anyone else could have ran the same strategy and done better. Alonso for sure, and I expect even RIC, despite his power issues could have done better than their 4th and 3rd places respectively, even if they couldn’t open the gap like Hamilton did before the pitstop, would have found it easy carving through the pack of “fragile tyre runners” at the end.
    However, its possibly a case of, its easier in hindsight, however, I see Alonso is defending Ferrari and said did they picked the best strategy.

    1. I believe in the 2011 race the laptime difference between the leaders (on fresh tyres) and the cars fighting for the last points (on onld tyres), who were going to be lapped, was a staggering 8 seconds. So the strategy employed by Vergne en Pérez was likely to be successful, although admittedly, last year Mercedes lost some places because of such strategy.

  2. So what? Your approach sounds like Perez has cheat the results. Sound even like he has turned off Button’s car or dig on to the tires of his rivals.

    I don’t understand why the media is so afraid to recognize a good driver and try to diminish his merits. Is because he is not European?

    1. Yeah, the crash wasn’t his fault this time. I think the article is pointing more at the safety car rules than at Perez though.

    2. So what? Your approach sounds like Perez has cheat the results. Sound even like he has turned off Button’s car or dig on to the tires of his rivals.

      What preposterous exaggeration. I never came close to saying anything of the sort.

      I don’t understand why the media is so afraid to recognise a good driver and try to diminish his merits. Is because he is not European?

      As with any driver I try to praise Perez when he’s done well and criticise him when I think he’s done poorly.

      I haven’t done either above, I merely pointed out he got a bit lucky and that fortune was ironically rooted in a collision he had with another driver.

      The lengths you’ve gone to find a crude nationalistic explanation for my point of view is hilarious to someone like myself who doesn’t care about that in the slightest.

      1. Dude you can’t really be serious here, you guys do that all the time (Diminishing SP) Had Hulk gotten this result it would’ve been written entirely different even under the same circumstances, what I find extremely cool tho is there is people that CAN see that. I started commenting due to articles like this, It is true that there were certain aids to his race (SC, dying tyres) but SP managed some great moves out there, like that double overtake before the Sutil incident or how he managed to recover from 17th. SP is not the favorite driver of UK we all know that but not being able to admit it is just nonsense.

        1. I couldn’t say it better Joe. Thanks

      2. Is good to know. Let’s see it on your writtings, not on your explanations.

    3. I’m with @keithcollantine on this one, I simply can’t see anything against Perez.

      To be honest I do think there is always some luck involved in what happens with the safety car and this could have played out into anyone’s hands, it just so happened to be Perez this time.

      I still don’t get why they let Sutil off. If it were up to me it would have been a drive through and 2 penalty points.

      1. Perez put emotion into f1 again. That will be value at his time. He is someone always looking for a space to advance. He has done a great job, and he have the benefits that cameras, like to follow his drive through the race, that is a very, very good reward.

    4. @RodSalazar, I agree with you, the mexican kid did a superb job overtaking Biachi, Kvyat and Ericsson in a double move with worn softs, and then GRO-MAL-HUL-MAG-RAI-BOT in the final 8 laps with used supersofts, he did a fine job recovering from an accident and all he gets from the british media is “he got lucky, everything was is fault and he hurt other teams with his deliberate accident”, but when Hamilton wins a procession with a car 2 seconds faster than the rest “he did an amazing and incredible job” come on, Sergio is always trying his best to bring spectacle to sometimes dull races, this media situation was pointed out by the Antena 3 spanish reporter Nira Juanco in her twitter account @njuancof1.

      1. he got lucky, everything was is fault and he hurt other teams with his deliberate accident

        Again, complete rubbish which isn’t within spitting distance of what I actually wrote.

        1. You know in a second read to your article I realize that it is fair, it just lacks to mention that to claim the 7th position Sergio had to overcome a Gap of more than 60 seconds in 16 laps, something similar of what Hamilton did but with the inconvenience of overtaking 9 drivers, I guess for me the problem was that the headline of the article is a little harsh with Perez and apparently influenced the reading of it.
          I clearly overreacted in my previous post. and I apologize.

          1. @juanmelendezr1 Thank you, I really appreciate you taking the time to look at it again and reconsider your view.

          2. What 60 seconds did he need to make up? After the safety car he was only 6 seconds behind Bottas.

            The strategy was what helped him and Vergne go past their opponents. Bottas holding the whole train of cars up made it even easier to pick the whole lot off in quick succession.

      2. Thanks Juan. It’s so obvious, you wonder: Where was the British chivalry?

  3. One of the goals in racing is not crashing and do as less pit-stops as possible. So, I don’t understand how you can say that a crash and four pit-stops (more than anyone else) can help Perez get into the points. Wouldn’t it be that fine driving and a good strategy (available also to the rest of the teams) helped them turn around a bad situation? This article seems biased.

    1. I’ve already responded to the rest in the article but I just wanted to refer to this:

      One of the goals in racing is… do as [few] pit-stops as possible

      No it isn’t.

  4. Can’t find the answers to the comment in the article

  5. Yeah sure Keith, Perez’s result was rather circumstancial, FI’s strategy and the driver’s skills (for sure always less amazing than “the hulk”, no mather what Perez achieves…) did not standed out, the mexican is such an overrated driver… Perez will need to win a GP in reverse gear to get some recognition here (and of course that will happen only because “the hulk” was not favoured…). Well done!

    1. Wow! I really enjoy your comment. I read it several times and I laughed every time.

  6. Ricardo Salazar
    23rd September 2014, 2:49

    As a Mexican national, I’m always rooting for Perez. However, it really blows my mind when people try to play the ‘discrimination card’.
    As I read the article, Keith is simply stating facts: (1) The crash left Perez a lap down; (2) thanks to the SC he was able to rejoin the lead lap; (3) this allowed for a four-stop strategy (credit to the team); and (4) Checo was able to overtake other drivers and finish seventh (credit to Perez).
    Keith’s analysis is: had the SC not been deployed, Checo would have stayed a lap down.
    I don’t know why Rod and John are getting all bent out of shape.

    1. People here argue with each other even when they agree with each other. If you look at the coments below most of the articles, you will see very often that by the second or third post, the readers are already barking at each others intelects…
      nothing new here.

  7. Sergio Pérez Fantastic Overtakes | Singapore 2014

    1. Great! That was I was looking for. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Keith Collantine:
    This article you wrote is one of the most stupid things I’ve ever read, and from what I see, you’re a damn racist.
    By the way, you should quit writing.

    1. Moises, turn down the way u wrote: i dont think that Keith be a racist. Just the tone and the moment of the article he wrote was not right. The way u wrote looks like ur a narrow-minded.

    2. Hey Gueyes,(dudes in spanish) Take it easy on Keith !… I kind of did not like the article but…playing the racist card is not fair to him and just wrong. He is doing a fantastic job writing and putting this F1Fanatic place together so if you do not like it…you know what to do.

      Now…regarding the “gift”…there is not such thing…this is F1..extremely competitive sport.
      It is called Opportunity.
      I just love when Sergio or HAM or RIC, ALO or any driver are in the aggressive (but fair) driving mode. Those last two laps were unbelievable.

      Have a great day everybody!

      1. By the way, I respect Keith’s opinion a lot.

  9. I’m stunned and appalled at the comments to this post… @keithcollantine I think you did a fantastic job of being objective.
    As for the rest of the insane biased PR favoured comments, I shake my head… F1F is a site that Keith takes very seriously, and is very careful to remain objective, I would implore everyone to show a little more respect.

  10. Formula Indonesia (@)
    23rd September 2014, 11:44

    i think @keithcollantine analysis is perfect, Perez was behind Hulkenberg before he caused the safety car, and then with strategy advantage he came ahead of his teammate and finished 7th, had he not caused safety car, he will be behind Hulkenberg and outside the points, sure it was not his mistake, but it really benefits him. His race was average but a gift that made him look impressive

    1. Perez did not cause the safety car, if you analyze the footage, there was a race incident between him, and Sutil as Perez was going for an overtake Sutil shut the gap and drove Perez twords the wall. Perez, preffered not to slam himself onto the wall and let Sutil do his move, causing Perez the loss of his front wing. The debree left by the Saubers front wing caused a safety car. I do believe there should have been a penalty for the over-agressive way in which Sutil defended his position, but there was’nt, so sticking to what actually happened, I think Perez did a great job in recovering so many positions, and I do believe tehre was a good share of fine driving, and a good strategy, and not luck, and of course not a deliberate crash!

      1. Formula Indonesia (@)
        25th September 2014, 12:07

        am I say its deliberate???

  11. LOL I hope u mean SP “caused” the SC as in he was involved in the incident because it wasn’t his fault at all, Sutil was not racing clean there kindda like the last lap attempt on Kimi, SP was trying to overtake but Kimi didn’t leave any space… But anyway.
    Nobody is saying that Keth here is not stating facts, it the article is clearly factual, but what ppl can realize is that there is a notorious difference between the way some press handles those facts when it comes to Pérez and any other driver.

  12. I guess a bit of angst between those who commented was the repeated mention of his luck, and little or no mention of his race and effort.

    Sergio Perez claimed a useful seventh place in the Singapore Grand Prix, but ironically he probably wouldn’t have been in a position to do so had he not collided with Adrian Sutil earlier in the race.

    Deserved it may have been, but it’s doubtful it would have happened at all had he not collided with Sutil.

    The title didnt help either…

    Crash and four pit stops help Perez into points

    Keith could have used a better tone here, while I do not question his contribution to this site or nationalist or continentalist mentality others are pointing out. I am not a Perez fan, but I do not despise him either. It is not a matter to be rather furious as well.

  13. Force India F1 boss hails team’s courage in the Singapore GP

  14. The author gave more credit to the SC and the 4 pit strategy than to SP fantastic drive. Clearly biased against him. Buuuuuuu!

  15. I have not tried to use the card of “Racism” but if I see with disappointment, that SP achievement (eat 9 drivers in 5 laps) is not recognized at.
    Vergne was applauded for his 6th position, even he took advantage cutting twice the track, and he has just a 5 sec penalty (badly named “Stop & GO”, because the “Stop” part has been dismissed).

    I think the British press does not want to recognize the achievements of SP because they feel that by doing so, will betray McLaren folks (who treated so badly SP on 2013) even if in doing so (holding their applause), they are betraying the truth. Or at least, hiding it from their sight.

    But the truth is that Ron Dennis should be eating the soles of his shoes, as was with Alonso.

  16. Me neither, not calling Keith a racist nor am I feeling furious, but there are some things that just “are”. This is one of those: There is a lot of press that just avoids talking about SP, press that never liked him from the start, it’s not like the world is gonna end over this anyway but it’s not going away just by not accepting it either. Truth is IMO this article and many other go over the line “lets talk about anything else but skill from SP”.
    @Rod. Man this is a long shot but u happen to be Erufen by any chance?

    1. I agree with you Joe. And by the way, Erufen Rito (Raconmario) is my son. Small world, isn’t?

      1. Isn’t it indeed? Well, pleased to meet you sir, my regards to Rod please tell him Larry says hi.

  17. we all well know that, the brits for some reason (not racism off course) doesn’t give a chance to Checo.
    They just don’t like him, that’s their problem SP is amazing!

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