By the end of the 61 three-mile laps around the Marina Bay Street Circuit Sebastian Vettel crushed his competitors by a margin of victory of 32.6 seconds over second place driver Fernando Alonso. The victory in the Singapore Grand Prix is the 33rd of Vettel's Formula One career and seventh in the 13 races this season.
"It's just a pleasure to drive it around this crazy track," Vettel said of his Red Bull Racing car.
Vettel's only challenge of the Grand Prix came on the initial start in Turn 1 when Nico Rosberg beat Vettel to Turn 1 in his Mercedes. On exit Rosberg ran wide which allowed Vettel into position to take the lead back by Turn 2 of the 23 turn course.
By the end of lap 1 Vettel had opened a 1.9 second lead over Rosberg. Fernando Alonso had a dynamic start in his Ferrari ride as he jumped to the outside on the start and by the exit of Turn 1 had moved from seventh on the grid to third.
On lap 10 Vettel had opened a 7.08 second lead over Rosberg. Alonso was third and Mark Webber fourth. Webber was the first of the lead cars to pit on lap 13. Alonso pitted on lap 14 and Rosberg on lap 15. Vettel stayed out until lap 17 and never lost the lead on the stop. By lap 20 he had a 8.5 second lead over Rosberg.
On lap 25 Daniel Ricciardo crashed his Toro Rosso ride into the barrier which brought out the safety car and erased Vettel's 10.9 second lead. Vettel, Rosberg, Webber, and Lewis Hamilton did not pit under the safety car and were in the top four spots for the lap 31 restart. Alonso was fifth and did pit on the safety car and his strategy would be to stay out until the finish without pitting again. Also using that strategy were Romain Grosjean, Jenson Button, Segio Perez, Kimi Raikkonen, and Nico Hulkenberg. Paul Di Resta was running in seventh after not pitting under the safety car.
By lap 34 Vettel had stormed away and led by 8.8 seconds over Rosberg. Grosjean began experiencing an engine issue in his Lotus and he retired from the race.
Mark Webber pitted for his second stop on lap 40 and Rosberg did so on lap 41. Webber came off the pits ahead of Rosberg with good pit work by his Red Bull team. On lap 44 Vettel made his second stop and when he exited he still held a 3 second lead over Fernando Alonso. From there Vettel ran way faster than any other car to the finish to open his huge gap.
On lap 55 Raikkonen passed Button to move into podium position in third. Also on lap 55 Paul Di Resta nosed his Force India car into the wall ending his race while running tenth and looking solid to score points. No safety car was deployed which allowed Vettel to keep his massive lead.
Webber was on a charge to get on the podium and was up to fourth and catching Raikkonen when on lap 58 his crew told him to start short shifting because of an engine issue. He tried to limp his Red Bull car home but kept slowing and on lap 60 of 61 smoke began to come from the car and then it caught fire. Webber fell from a chance at a podium to not being able to finish the full race.
Vettel led every lap of the Grand Prix and Alonso managed his tires to still finish in second. Raikkonen did the same for Lotus to move from 13th on the grid to get a podium in third. The Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton finished fourth and fifth. Felipe Massa took sixth for Ferrari. McLaren's duo of Jenson Button and Sergio Perez slid back late but finished seventh and eighth. Ninth went to Nico Hulkenberg of Sauber and the final point went to Adrian Sutil of Force India.
After 13 of 19 races Vettel has a commanding lead in the driver standings. He is 60 points ahead of Fernando Alonso. Alonso is another 36 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Kimi Raikkonen is only two points behind Hamilton in fourth. Mark Webber rounds out the top five.
Red Bull Racing holds a 103 point lead in the constructor standings over Ferrari. Mercedes is seven points behind Ferrari in third and Lotus is 61 points behind Mercedes in fourth.
Race 14 is in two weeks when F1 runs the Korean Grand Prix on October 6th.
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