Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore Grand Prix 2013: Live Lap-by-Lap Updates, Highlights, Recap and More

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 22:  Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull racing leads during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 22, 2013 in Singapore, Singapore.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterSeptember 22, 2013

Sebastian Vettel stormed to victory in the 2013 Singapore Grand Prix, leading for all but a corner of the race, and dominating his opponents from start to finish.

Nico Rosberg got a flying start and beat the German into turn one, but Vettel overhauled him when he ran wide into the next turn, and never looked back. 

He was hugely quicker than his rivals, and even when the racers were bunched up by a safety car when Daniel Ricciardo put his Toro Rosso into the wall at Turn 18, Vettel simply raced away from the field by 2-3 seconds per lap.

A drab race did have a thrilling finish behind the world champion, however—strategy was mixed up by the safety car, with some trying to last to the end on one set of tyres, and others stopping again to slice through the field late.

In the end the drivers who didn't stop prospered, with Fernando Alonso grabbing second and Kimi Raikkonen clinging on to third.

Mark Webber was bearing down on them, only to be struck by engine trouble late in the race, and he was forced to retire on the last lap when flames came out of the back of his car.

Vettel's lead in the championship increases to 60 points over Alonso. The margin is almost as imposing as the 32-second cushion he enjoyed over his closest rival in today's race.

 


 

Story of qualifying and practice by Mark Patterson

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