Lewis Hamilton Wins 2009 Singapore Grand Prix
A demanding street course and 30C temperatures at this year's Singapore Grand Prix combined to make this year's race an endurance test. In the
end, Britain's Lewis Hamilton crossed the finish line to secure victory for McLaren-Mercedes.
Last year, Singapore held the first nighttime race in Formula 1 history. The Singapore Grand Prix races at night under extremely brilliant lighting that
replicates daylight conditions. This is primarily for driver safety. Additionally, it is so the circuit shows up well on television for the millions of F1 fans
who watch worldwide.
The Marina Bay Street Circuit is 5.073 kilometers in length. The race is 61 laps covering a distance of 309.316 kilometers. The course consists of
public roads around the Marina Bay area. Of course, with public roads come some bumpy stretches and tight turns, which challenge the drivers. This
street circuit accommodates more than 80,000 race fans in its environs.
The weekend began well for Lewis Hamilton in qualifying. He took the pole position on the Saturday, with Sebastian Vettel securing second. Nico
Rosberg of Williams-Toyota took third place on the starting grid for Sunday's race. Mark Webber, Rubens Barrichello, Fernando Alonso, Timo Glock,
and Nick Heidfeld rounded out the top eight starting grid positions.
Starting from the pole, Lewis Hamilton negotiated the course with focused driving from start to finish. The Singapore circuit is a race of many turns.
The course's concrete walls always loom as drivers maneuver the intricacies of the track's layout at high speed. In addition, high temperatures, even at
night, add to the drama of the circuit.
Hamilton himself admitted that the race was straightforward for him. He had no major issues to contend with on Sunday. One minor issue was his
KERS system. KERS is short for Kinetic Energy Recovery System. The device recovers the kinetic energy present in the waste heat created by a
racecar's braking process. The KERS stores the energy and converts it into pow