What to watch for: Singapore Grand Prix (NBCSN, NBC Sports app from 7am ET)

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Formula 1 enters the night on Sunday with one of the modern wonders of the current calendar: the Singapore Grand Prix.

With the track bathing under 1,500 spotlights and the iconic city skyline lighting up the night sky, few races come close to magic of Singapore.

Nico Rosberg will be hoping to create some magic of his own on Sunday as he chases his third straight grand prix victory and looks to regain the championship lead from Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg dominated qualifying with a rapid lap that was over half a second faster than any other driver, securing his first pole position in Singapore.

With Hamilton struggling for form throughout the weekend and slipping to third place on the grid behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, his lead in the standings is at serious risk.

Alas, things in Singapore are never straightforward. With the walls waiting to punish the smallest of errors and at least one safety car expected, the fight for victory is wider than its seems.

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Here’s what to watch for in today’s race.

2016 Singapore Grand Prix – What To Watch For

The rule of Rosberg

Today’s race offers Nico Rosberg an opportunity never afforded to him in 2014 or 2015. In both those years, once Hamilton went on a streak and gained momentum, the title race was effectively over. You would have been forgiven for thinking the same after his run of four victories through July.

Yet after winning at Spa and Monza, Rosberg pulled himself back into contention. If his imperious display in qualifying is anything to go by, combined with Hamilton’s own lack of rhythm, this should be his race to lose.

Rosberg has a habit of capitalizing on situations where his opponents are at their weakest. An eighth win of the year today would be a huge, huge statement of intent heading into the final six rounds of the season.

Can Lewis bring it back?

Lewis Hamilton’s Singapore Grand Prix weekend thus far has been a difficult one. An issue in FP2 followed by a mistake in FP3 meant he was unable to complete a full qualifying simulation, perhaps accounting for his lack of pace in Q3 that left him third on the grid.

For Hamilton, the focus today will be jumping Ricciardo at the start. With the Red Bulls set to run further into the race before pitting and overtaking opportunities around the Marina Bay Street Circuit coming at a premium, failing to do so would surely end his hopes of victory.

That said, Hamilton’s career has featured a number of hard-fought for victories that seemed unlikely heading into the race. Perhaps Singapore will offer the latest chapter of that story today…

Super-soft start gives Ricciardo, Verstappen options

Red Bull’s gamble on getting Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen through Q2 on super-soft tires could pay off today. The ‘middle’ compound in Singapore has been holding up well, opening up a variety of strategy options for the Red Bull drivers. Given there has been a safety car in every Singapore Grand Prix of the modern era, this flexibility will surely boost Red Bull’s chances.

Ricciardo proved in Monaco earlier this year how tuned in the RB12 car is to street circuits, coming within a clean pit stop of his first victory since Belgium 2014. Now armed with an updated Renault power unit, the Australian will be out to avenge that defeat.

And just as it is crucial for Hamilton to get the jump on the Red Bulls off the line, Ricciardo will know that seizing the lead into Turn 1 could define his race. Keeping the Mercedes’ pace capped will put him in a very strong position indeed.

More misery for Grosjean?

Romain Grosjean’s Singapore Grand Prix weekend has been nothing short of miserable. After missing FP1 due to an engine issue and then completing just 12 laps in FP2, Grosjean crashed out of qualifying, leaving the Frenchman dumbfounded.

Haas brought a raft of updates to Singapore for its VF-16 car, yet they appear to have sent Grosjean off-kilter. Realistically, the team’s hopes of its first points since Austria lie with Esteban Gutierrez, who will start from 13th on the grid. Gutierrez is out to break his own points drought dating back almost three years – a race of attrition could lift him into the top 10.

Vettel’s Charge of the Night Brigade

What a difference a year has made for Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari. 12 months on from his charge to pole position and domination of the race in Singapore, the German will start from the very back of the grid after a rear anti-roll bar failure on his car during qualifying.

Vettel had struggled with the setup on his car all weekend long, but still felt he had a shot at the front row in qualifying. From P22, he will need a few safety cars and some lucky breaks to make it back into the top 10 – although as a four-time Singapore winner, you cannot write him off.

Everyone loves a fight through the field – so be sure to keep an eye on Seb today.

2016 Singapore Grand Prix – Starting Grid

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
4. Max Verstappen Red Bull
5. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
6. Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso
7. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso
8. Nico Hulkenberg Force India
9. Fernando Alonso McLaren
10. Valtteri Bottas Williams
11. Felipe Massa Williams
12. Jenson Button McLaren
13. Esteban Gutierrez Haas
14. Marcus Ericsson Sauber
15. Kevin Magnussen Renault
16. Felipe Nasr Sauber
17. Sergio Perez Force India*
18. Jolyon Palmer Renault
19. Pascal Wehrlein Manor
20. Romain Grosjean Haas**
21. Esteban Ocon Manor
22. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari***

* Eight-place grid penalty for yellow flag infringement in Q2
** Five-place grid penalty for gearbox change
*** 25-place grid penalty for multiple component changes.

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Seattle


The final results from the Monster Energy Supercross race in Seattle suggests the season is turning into a two-rider battle as Eli Tomac scored his sixth win of the season to tie Cooper Webb for the points’ lead and Chase Sexton crashed in yet another race.

Tomac downplayed the neck strain that caused him to lose the red plate for two weeks, but without that holding him back, it would appear it might have been a bigger problem than he admitted. Despite finishing on the podium in Detroit, Tomac has not shown the late-race strength everyone has come to expect. He was in a slump after scoring a season-worst in Indianapolis and described his sixth win as a “bounce back”.

With this win, Tomac tied James Stewart for second on the all-time list with 50 career Supercross victories. Six rounds remain and there is no sign that Tomac is slowing down. Jeremy McGrath’s 72 wins remains untouchable, for the moment at least.

RESULTS: Click here for full 450 Overall Results; Click here for 250 Overall Results

Cooper Webb was disappointed with second-place, but he recognized the Supercross results at Seattle could have been much worse. He rode in fifth for the first nine laps of the race, behind Tomac and Sexton. When Sexton crashed from the lead and Tomac took the top spot, Webb knew he could not afford to give up that many points and so he dug deep and found enough points to share the red plate when the series returns in two weeks in Glendale, Arizona for a Triple Crown event.

Justin Barcia scored his third podium of the season, breaking out of a threeway tie of riders who have not been the presumed favorites to win the championship. Barcia scored the podium without drama or controversy. It was his fourth consecutive top-five and his 10th straight finish of eighth or better.

Click here for 450 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier | Lap Chart

Jason Anderson kept his perfect record of top-10s alive with a fourth-place finish. Tied for fourth in the standings and 49 out of the lead, his season has been like a death of a thousand cuts. He’s ridden exceptionally well, but the Big Three have simply been better.

Sexton rebounded from his fall to finish fifth. He entered the race 17 points out of the lead and lost another five in Seattle. Mistakes have cost Sexton 22 points in the last three races and that is precisely how far he is behind Tomac and Webb. Unless those two riders bobble, this deficit cannot overcome.

The rider who ties Anderson for fourth in the points, Ken Roczen finished just outside the top five in sixth after he battled for a podium position early in the race.

Click here for 450 Overall results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points

The 250 West riders got back in action after four rounds of sitting on the sideline and Jett Lawrence picked up where he left of: in Victory Lane. Lawrence now has four wins and a second-place finish in five rounds. One simply doesn’t get close to perfection than that.

Between them, the Lawrence brothers have won all but two races though 11 rounds. Jett failed to win the Anaheim Triple Crown and Hunter Lawrence failed to win the Arlington Triple Crown format in the 250 East division. In two weeks, the series has their final Triple Crown race in Glendale. When he was reminded of this from the top of the Seattle podium, Jett replied, “oof”.

Click here for 250 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier | Lap Chart

RJ Hampshire finished second in the race and is second in the points. This is fourth time in five rounds that Hampshire finished second to Lawrence. If not for a crash-induced 11th-place finish in the Arlington Triple Crown, he would be much closer in the points standings. With that poor showing, he is 23 points behind Lawrence.

Cameron McAdoo made a lot of noise in his heat. Riding aggressively beside Larwence, the two crashed in the preliminary. McAdoo could never seem to get away from Hampshire in the Main and as the two battled, the leader got away. It would have been interesting to see how they would have raced head-to-head when points were on the line.

Click here for 250 Overall results | 250 West Rider Points | 250 Combined Rider Points

The Supercross results in Seattle were kind to a couple of riders on the cusp of the top five. Enzo Lopes scored his second top-five and fourth top-10 of the season after crossing the finish line fourth in Seattle.

Tying his best finish of the season for the third time, Max Vohland kept his perfect record of top-10s alive. Vohland is seventh in the points.

2023 Results

Round 11: Eli Tomac bounces back with sixth win
Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Tomac, J Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, J Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 10: Chase Sexton leads with consistency
Week 8: Chase Sexton unseats Eli Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Cooper Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s