Renault F1 Team driver Fernando Alonso could hardly believe that he won the Singapore Grand Prix, the first ever night race in the history of F1, after starting from 15th position on the grid. Alonso had been competitive for the entire weekend as he was fastest during the second and third practice session, but a fuel pump problem screwed up his qualifying session. Still the Spaniard was able to recover with an amazing drive and a good strategy.
Fernando Alonso said during the press conference: "It's a fantastic first podium of the season and first win. I'm extremely happy and can't believe it right now. I think I need a couple of days to realise that we won a race this year which seemed impossible all season to be that close to the top guys.
"We've been competitive since Friday and unlucky in qualifying but lucky today. We started at the back and the first safety car helped me a lot and I was able then to win the race. We chose to do a very aggressive first stint because we knew starting fifteenth you can't overtake and we thought about one stop but had concerned about the brakes, so we tried something very different with a short first stint, try to make as many places and see from there.
"The start was good, but not good enough but then we got lucky with the safety car. But after that we got in front and were able to build a gap to the guys behind us. The car was very good. I was with the better tyre in the last stint so had a bit of an advantage over Nico (Rosberg) and I was able to pull away."