You could almost feel Daniel Ricciardo’s trademark grin through his helmet. His race engineer had just told them that he could catch and pass race leader Nico Rosberg with four laps to go. Ricciardo had been trailing Rosberg by a handful of seconds for laps and wasn’t getting anywhere. Then his engineer called a sudden, surprise pit stop with just 12 laps left. The Australian got a fresh set of weaponized supersoft tires and proceeded to carve thick slices off of Rosberg’s ensuing lead, sometimes at the wild rate of three seconds per lap. Then, in the final lap, Ricciardo hit traffic. Forced to negotiate around a pair of lapped cars, entrenched in a battle of their own, he lost time, and finished the race .4 seconds behind Rosberg. Another lap and he would have taken the top step, giving him a 3rd-2nd-1st sequence in three consecutive years at Singapore.
Andy Sheehan is a blogger, aspiring novelist, and relentless hoon. He plans to will his 2002 Subaru WRX Wagon to his firstborn, plans his daily commute around the swoop of its roads, and doesn’t plan to ever buy an automatic. A cool-car omnipath, he loves the common Mustang or Chevelle, but hunts for the weird and wonderful Velorexes and Cosmos of the autoverse. And when he can afford a garage, he’s going to turn an MX-5 into a race car.