2016 Formula One Driver Battles: Singapore Grand Prix

Formula One has had a week off and are now heading to Singapore for the next round of the 2016 season. Let battle recommence in the driver standings, currently headed by the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, but not by much.

 

Title fight

After winning in Italy, Nico Rosberg has now closed the gap to teammate and championship leader, Lewis Hamilton, to two points.

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Hamilton” by Andrew & Alan Frost is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

Third to sixth

The Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo is still in third in the standings, although his points advantage has been reduced slightly over Sebastian Vettel who is in fourth and eighteen points behind the Red Bull driver.

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Formula One 2016 Austrian GP (13)” by Christian Reichl is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Seven points behind Vettel is his teammate Kimi Raikkonen who in turn is fifteen ahead of Max Verstappen.

Raikkonen has claimed a ninth and a fourth place finish since the sport returned from the summer break, whilst Verstappen has only managed to claim one points finish in that same time, a seventh in the last round in Italy.

 

Battle for seventh

Speaking of seventh place, it is currently occupied in the driver standings by the Williams of Valtteri Bottas. His closest rival is that of the Force India of Sergio Perez who is eight points behind the Williams driver.

It has been very close between the two since the return from the summer break with both claiming an eight place finish. However Perez has performed slightly better having claimed a fifth place, whilst Bottas has claimed a sixth.

 

Battle for ninth

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Nico Hulkenberg of Force India at Silverstone during FP3” by Ben Sutherland is licensed under CC BY 2.0

A little further back now are the remaining Force India of Nico Hulkenberg, who is currently in ninth with forty six points, only five points ahead of the Williams of Felipe Massa

Hulkenberg is the more in form of the two having claimed a fourth and a tenth since the summer break, whilst Massa has claimed a tenth and a ninth in the same time.

It is also interesting to note that Hulkenberg is on a good run of form having claimed points finishes in his last five Grand Prix.

Battle of the Spaniards, but beware

The two Spanish drivers in Formula One of Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz both remain on thirty points with Alonso currently ahead of Sainz.

Neither however can ignore Romain Grosjean who is only two points behind. Although he hasn’t claimed a points finish since the Austrian Grand Prix.

 

Fourteenth and fifteenth

Five points behind Romain Grosjean is the Scuderia Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat who is having a difficult 2016 so far having claimed only four points finishes so far this season, although one was a podium finish at the Chinese Grand Prix for Red Bull.

Kvyat however is only six points ahead of the McLaren of Jenson Button.

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F1 – Mclaren Honda – Jenson Button” by Jen_ross83 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

The remaining drivers

After Button there is an eleven point gap to the Renault of Kevin Magnussen. He has only managed one point finish this season.

Magnussen himself is five points ahead of the Manor of Pascal Wehrlein and Stoffel Vandoorne. Both Wehrlein and Vandoorne have claimed one point in 2016.

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F1 – Renault – Jolyon Palmer” by Jen_ross83 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Vandoorne is currently the final point scorer in the 2016 season with a further six yet to score points. Those being, Esteban Gutierrez, Jolyon Palmer, Marcus Ericsson, Felipe Nasr, Rio Haryanto and Esteban Ocon.

Of the six to have not scored a point so far this season, Esteban Gutierrez has come the closest having claimed four eleventh place finishes so far this season. His results since returning from the summer break has been a twelfth and a thirteenth.

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