Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has overtaken his teammate and rival Lewis Hamilton in the race for the 2016 Formula One Drivers’ World Championship. Rosberg claimed victory in the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, and is now eight points ahead of Hamilton in the standings.
Nico Rosberg led the SIngapore Grand Prix from pole position and took home 25 points for his victory. Lewis Hamilton only managed to finish in third place and was unable to hold on to his two-point championship lead coming into the race weekend. He now trails his Mercedes teammate after finishing with 265 points against Rosberg’s 273.
According to a list of race statistics shared by the official Formula One website, Rosberg is the first non-champion driver to win the Singapore Grand Prix. However, he could still erase that statistic if he ends up winning the 2016 Drivers’ World Championship. At this point in the season, it is only a dogfight between him and Hamilton. Only six races remain, and the Mercedes teammates have managed to share the season’s victories between them. Only Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen managed to take a victory away from the Mercedes team this season after a phenomenal win in Spain.
Meanwhile, Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel failed to replicate their successful run in last year’s Singapore Grand Prix. Vettel took the victory last year while Raikkonen joined him on the podium in third place. This year, Raikkonen only managed fourth, while Vettel followed him to the flag in fifth place. Despite the disappointing result, Vettel impressed racing fans after he charged to fifth place from the end of the pack. He suffered some technical issues in qualifying and ended up at the back of the grid.
Vettel was hailed as the “Driver of the Day” for his efforts, but he would still have preferred a podium finish. “At one point I thought we could get very close to the battle for third, but we lost a bit too much in the opening stage of the race, which was expected. We were hoping for a safety car that didn’t come, but nevertheless an optimum result,” he said.