Singapore F1 Grand Prix 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

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Singapore F1 Grand Prix 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More
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The Sebastian Vettel victory tour motors into Singapore for the latest F1 race.

On the poll is none other than the three-time defending series champion, Vettel. That, of course, is no surprise. The 26-year-old has won three poles this season, and that includes the last stop on the F1 schedule: the Italian Grand Prix. 

Vettel went on to win the Italian Grand Prix, picking up his sixth checkered of the year. This has all led to the Red Bull star owning a commanding 53-point lead over second-place Fernando Alonso in the race for the championship.

Meanwhile, Alonso is going to have hard time closing the gap in that points race in Singapore. This challenging and popular stop is a tight track that doesn't offer a lot of opportunity for passing, and the Ferrari driver qualified in seventh. That is one spot lower than his teammate, Felipe Massa. 

Check out the vitals for this race, and then I'll highlight three drivers worth paying extra attention to. 

 

When: Sunday, Sept. 22, at 8 a.m. ET; 1 p.m. BST

Where: Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore 

Watch: Sky Sports

Laps: 61

Course

Image via Formula1.com

Lineup

Singapore Grand Prix Starting Grid
Pos. Driver Manufacturer Car Speed
1 Sebastian Vettel Renault 1 113.768 mph
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes-Benz 9 113.667 mph
3 Romain Grosjean Renault 8 113.528 mph
4 Mark Webber Renault 2 113.425 mph
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-Benz 10 113.313 mph
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 4 112.619 mph
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 3 112.567 mph
8 Jenson Button Mercedes-Benz 5 112.196 mph
9 Daniel Ricciardo Ferrari 19 112.027 mph
10 Esteban Gutierrez Cosworth 12 112.027 mph
11 Nico Hulkenberg Cosworth 11 111.903 mph
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Ferrari 18 111.868 mph
13 Kimi Raikkonen Renault 7 111.793 mph
14 Sergio Perez Mercedes 6 111.692 mph
15 Adrian Sutil Mercedes 15 111.233 mph
16 Valtteri Bottas Renault 17 111.018 mph
17 Paul di Resta Mercedes 14 110.252 mph
18 Pastor Maldonado Renault 16 109.737 mph
19 Charles Pic Cosworth 20 108.222 mph
20 Giedo van der Garde Renault 21 108.013 mph
21 Jules Bianchi Cosworth 22 107.507 mph
22 Max Chilton Cosworth 23 107.408 mph

via ESPN

 

Sebastian Vettel  

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All signs point to Vettel picking up another victory this week. Besides the fact that Vettel seems to be winning everything this year, recent history is on his side. 

He is, after all, this event's two-time defending champion. He is also in a better position heading into this race than he was last year. He's improved upon the third-place starting position from a year ago, and he is entering off a victory, whereas last year, he was 22nd in the Italian Grand Prix. 

Vettel is going to be very difficult to pass on this course come race day. 

 

Fernando Alonso

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The man in the best position to chase down Vettel in the points race is having a frustrating week. As the BBC's Andrew Benson points out, Ferrari has been doing everything possible to produce a strong car for Alonso and "brought a number of upgrades for this race." 

It isn't helping yet. Alonso qualified way back in seventh. 

Alonso is going to have his work cut out for him making the podium...let alone trying to close the gap on Vettel. 

 

Nico Rosberg 

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Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was leading qualifying until Vettel knocked him into second. Rosberg still has to be thrilled with his starting position. After a string of pole position's came to an end in early June, Rosberg had qualified in the top three just once since. 

Now, Rosberg will try to turn that speed into a strong performance. The 28-year-old has enjoyed a strong season, but he has been slumping as of late. 

Rosberg has finished ninth, 19th, fourth and sixth in his last four starts. He is in a great position to improve on that poor trend. 

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