Extreme physical demands of Singapore take their toll on drivers

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The Singapore Grand Prix is one of the most physically demanding on the calendar. Lasting two hours at the hottest time of the year, it is not a race for the faint hearted, and unsurprisingly a number of drivers were left parched following the race today.

Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat were the only two drivers not to have raced in Singapore before, and both soon learned just how tough the conditions are.

Magnussen battled through to finish 10th and score a point, but he was severely dehydrated after the race as his water bottle had become too hot, preventing him from drinking.

“It was a very, very tough grand prix,” the Dane said. “During the race, I don’t know if there was something wrong with the car, but my seat started getting very hot, which made things extremely uncomfortable for me.

“Without that, I think we could have done better than 10th, but at least we got that one point. It’s better than nothing.

“It was the hardest point I’ve ever earned.”

Rookie driver Daniil Kvyat also struggled in the extreme heat when his water bottle also became overheated, crying over the radio: “Oh my God. Without the drink, I’m dying here!” Despite requesting to retire, the Russian youngster battled on to finish the race down in 14th position.

“It was a very tough race today in which I had to fight more with myself than with the cars around me,” Kvyat said. “The car was quite difficult to drive and it was sliding a lot. It was also hard work to take care of the tires.

“Unfortunately I also had a problem with my drink system, so I was without water for the whole race, which definitely made it a much tougher race. I think points could have been possible, so well done to JEV, who did a great job today!” Vergne came home in sixth place for Toro Rosso.

Sebastian Vettel said on the podium that he was relieved for the cool champagne, but he reportedly had to cancel some of his post-race engagements as he was feeling nauseous due to the humidity.

Fernando Alonso finished the race in fourth place for Ferrari, and tweeted a picture of his feet after two hours in the “car/sauna”.

At the front, Lewis Hamilton managed to keep his cool to win the Singapore Grand Prix for the second time and regain the lead of the drivers’ championship.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.