Singapore Grand Prix 2013: Vettel not thinking about a fourth title
Singapore Grand Prix 2013: Sebastian Vettel insists he is not getting distracted by talk of a fourth consecutive world title after victory
Sebastian Vettel insists he is not getting distracted by talk of a fourth consecutive world title after the Red Bull driver dazzled under the lights to take victory at the Singapore Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver finished ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso at the Marina Bay Circuit to take a 60-point lead at the top of the drivers’ standings, with only 150 more available in the year’s remaining races.
Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen completed the podium as the soon-to-be Ferrari man finished ahead of Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
Reflecting on his win on the podium, Vettel said: “To be honest I am not looking at the championship too much.
“I am just enjoying it at the moment, days like today and yesterday are what it is all about.
“Like I said these things don’t happen by accident, it is down to a lot of hard work from the team.”
The German continued: “The start was quite hairy, Nico [Rosberg] had a better start than me but thankfully he went a bit too deep and I was able to recover which was very important. The car was incredible and it was a pleasure to drive it round this crazy track.
“This is a long race so there are a lot of things that can go wrong so you can’t afford to lean back. At the end I was just controlling the gap. It was hard work out there but we like it because it is one of the most challenging tracks.”
Vettel was booed once again as he was interviewed on the podium, to which the German responded by smiling and saying: “They’re on tour, they go around on a bus.”
Alonso was pleased with his second-place finish and said Ferrari now have “nothing to lose” in the race for the title.
“It was a fun start and we knew we didn’t have the pace today so we had to invent something with a different strategy from the other teams. It paid off at the end.
“We are in a position in the championship where we have nothing to lose. We pushed, the car performed well and the fans pushed us too.”
Ferrari’s Felipe Massa took sixth at Singapore, ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button and Sergio Perez, Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg and Force India’s Adrian Sutil.
Vettel’s team-mate Mark Webber ended up 15th after the Australian, who was in fourth place, stopped on the last lap with a burning engine.
Singapore Grand Prix 2013: Race result
1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 61 laps 1hr 59m 13.132s
2. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 32.6s
3. Kimi Raikkonen Finand Lotus-Renault +00m 43.9s
4. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +00m 51.1s
5. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes +00m 53.1s
6. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +01m 03.8s
7. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +01m 23.3s
8. Sergio Perez Mexico McLaren-Mercedes +01m 23.8s
9. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Sauber-Ferrari +01m 24.2s
10. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes +01m 24.6s
11. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault +01m 28.4s
12. Esteban Gutierrez Spain Sauber-Ferrari +01m 37.8s
13. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Renault +1 lap
14. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
15. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault +1 lap
16. Giedo van der Garde Holland Caterham-Renault +1 lap
17. Max Chilton Britain Marussia-Cosworth +1 lap
18. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Cosworth +1 lap
19. Charles Pic France Caterham-Renault +1 lap
Rtd Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 54 laps completed
Rtd Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 37 laps completed
Rtd Daniel Ricciardo Australia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 23 laps completed