At a circuit where they expected to struggle Williams took a solid fifth-place finish with Felipe Massa, thanks to the Brazilian driving "like a grandma" to save his tyres.
Perhaps Valtteri Bottas should have adopted a similarly geriatric style, as the Finn plummeted down the order late on with ruined rubber. Nevertheless, the team will be confident of much better pace at Suzuka.
Felipe Massa: Grid 6th. Finish 5th. Rating 8/10
Massa drove a mature race in which he barely warranted any TV time. The Williams man was shocked when the team told him he'd be going to the end of the race on the tyres fitted at his second stop. Massa thought it was "a joke" but went on to drive "like a grandma" all the way to the chequered flag.
That netted him fifth place, which was perhaps the best Williams could have hoped for at Marina Bay. After his podium in Monza, this represented the second successive weekend in which Massa out-performed Bottas. Not bad going against one of the hottest young talents in the sport.
Valtteri Bottas: Grid 8th. Finish 11th. Rating 7/10
Valtteri Bottas won't have fond memories of this year's Singapore Grand Prix. Qualifying was a little disappointing, with team-mate Massa two tenths and two places up the road. Sunday afternoon was worse still, with Bottas' seven-race run inside the points ending
It later transpired that the Finn had suffered a steering problem, making protecting his tyres very difficult. By the closing stages he was almost down to the canvas, dropping him to 11th on the closing lap.
"I couldn't manage the tyres as well as I wanted because I had a problem with the steering," he explained afterwards.
"I just couldn't feel those little snaps on the exits, so I felt I couldn't do a perfect job managing the tyres because of the issue with the steering."
He'll be hoping for a return to podium-fighting form when F1 arrives in Japan.