Singapore Grand Prix 2013 Results: Reaction, Stats, Standings, Post Race Review
Sebastian Vettel dominated proceedings to win the Singapore Grand Prix once again.
It was a frightening display of power, with Vettel easing away from the field time and again, and the safety car and strategy changes having absolutely no impact on the German.
In the race behind him, Fernando Alonso bagged second place to limit the damage in the title race, while Kimi Raikkonen clambered up from 13th on the grid to finish third.
Here's how the race unfolded at Marina Bay, and what it means for the championship.
The Race Weekend, Results
The Race Weekend on Bleacher Report
Thursday—the Singapore Grand Prix preview
Friday and Saturday—the story of practice and qualifying
Sunday—the Singapore Grand Prix live blog and report
Results in full, via Formula1.com
Updated Driver Standings
Here is the drivers' title race after Singapore, round 13 of 19 this season (via Formula1.com):
Updated Team Standings
Here are the updated team standings after Singapore (via Formula1.com):
Another race, another booing for Sebastian Vettel. The German put in a sensational drive in the race and kept himself together well in the post-race presentation:
Vettel: "The start was quite hairy. I didn't get going initially. Fortunately he went a little bit in too deep and I got it back." #F1onNBC
— F1® Racing on NBC (@F1onNBCSports) September 22, 2013
Vettel booed again on the podium. "They are on a tour - they go around on a bus," he jokes. Classy touch— Andrew Benson (@andrewbensonf1) September 22, 2013
Martin Brundle, who was handling the post-race interview, stopped to take booing fans to task and was applauded for it.
I agree with @MBrundleF1 calling out fans who are booing Seb. It's not called for and it's classless.— Fake Charlie Whiting (@charlie_whiting) September 22, 2013
There is a yob element creeping into F1. Vettel is brilliant. @redbullracing are brilliant. Deal with it. Congratulate it.— Grand Prix Diary (@GrandPrixDiary) September 22, 2013
As for the rest of the field, it was a fairly positive day for both Ferrari and Lotus:
#SINGP ALO: Fantastic start. We didn't have the pace so we needed to invent something: we did it. P2 is just like a victory. Congrats to VET— Scuderia Ferrari (@InsideFerrari) September 22, 2013
That was despite Alonso looking ready to nod off:
Winners in Singapore
Comic-book quick. Formula 1 doesn't witness too many races these days where one man not only dominates but takes chunks of time out of the field. Vettel did it at will, and he handled the boos, which are fast becoming a staple of a Grand Prix weekend, with more grace than they deserve to be given.
Alonso turned seventh into second, and the luck of the race seemed to fall his way for him to do it. Vettel may be making the best car on the grid sing, but can anyone drag every last drop of performance out of a less-than-perfect car quite like Alonso?
Started 13th, finished third. A terrific salvage job from Raikkonen and a reminder that Lotus will be struggling to replace him, whoever it does decide to pick.
Losers in Singapore
So near yet so far. A blinding start put him in front for a moment. Then he overshot the corner and allowed Sebastian Vettel back into the lead. Second should really have been his had it not been for stopping too early, and when told to push by his team over the radio, he could be heard on the official broadcast openly challenging their calls, furious that he had been leapfrogged by Mark Webber. And his teammate Lewis Hamilton will have similar regrets.
Dragged the Red Bull back up from 11th when he made his final stop to fourth, was bearing down on third when his engine began to fail. Short-shifting the gears could not protect him—after 60 laps and seven corners of the 61, he had to pull out and withdraw when the car went up in flames.
Was comfortably ahead of his more illustrious teammate Kimi Raikkonen until an air problem forced him into an extra pit stop. Forty seconds in the pits later, his race was effectively over, and he was retired soon after. Fortune has not favoured the Frenchman for some time.