A missed opportunity for Alonso? Ferrari Singapore Grand Prix Review

Ferrari Alonso Singapore

We assess how Ferrari fared at the Singapore Grand Prix and rate the performances of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

After a nightmare home grand prix at Monza, Ferrari appeared to have better pace in Singapore, showing well from the opening practice session with both drivers.

A number of small problems, as well as a questionable strategy call, hamstrung them in the race. Nevertheless both cars scored points, with Alonso doing a particularly solid job to bring it home in P4. All in all it was a positive start to the post-Di Montezemolo era, though they were left to wonder if a potential podium had been thrown away.

Fernando Alonso: Grid 5th. Finish 4th. Rating 8/10

Alonso began the Singapore weekend repeating his assertion that he is not leaving Ferrari. According to the always-opinionated Niki Lauda, they would be "nowhere" without him.

That may be an exaggeration, but the Spaniard is undoubtedly their strongest asset this season. He was again in determined mood on Sunday, even getting a little too eager as he locked up and ran wide into turn one.

That didn't cost him too badly, and when he leapt into P2 following the second round of stops a podium looked to be his minimum target.

But a questionable strategy call dropped him to P4 during the safety car period, and with his tyres giving up the fight he was unable to re-pass the Red Bulls late on. A slightly disappointing fourth was the best he could manage, though it was still a convincing victory over team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Kimi Raikkonen: Grid 7th. Finish 8th. Rating 6/10

Raikkonen's weekend began well with good practice pace, but a software issue cost him a proper shot in qualifying. Nevertheless he started a solid seventh, only to spend most of the race scrapping with the Williams boys, who were extremely difficult to pass due to their straight-line speed.

That put Kimi in the multi-car scrap led by the ailing Valtteri Bottas late on. He should really have secured sixth, but with Jean-Eric Vergne and Sergio Perez scything through Raikkonen had to settle for P8. Not a disaster, but rather humbling given Alonso's performance 45 seconds up the road.