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Vettel was streets ahead in Singapore
Red Bull has been excellent in interpreting every key area of the current rules package; from double diffusers in 2009, off-throttle exhaust blowing in 2011, and now maximising the Coanda effect.
Vettel's always been a neat and tidy driver. It stems from his intelligence and understanding of car dynamics. If you're sliding, you're moving sideways slightly, and not moving forward as fast as you could be. His car allows him to be smooth and the German duly obliges.
He was mighty in the crucial final sector—so much so that teammate Mark Webber, despite being quicker than Vettel through the first two-thirds of the lap on his flying effort in qualifying, said he never really expected to be able to take pole.
What about race pace?
Minardi noted: "I think that a 2.5 sec advantage each lap is really too much. It’s like a three-generation- development gap, it’s a huge gap."
Yes, that was a huge pace advantage showed by Vettel after the safety car. However, there are reasons for that, and they don't extend to cheating.
Vettel was told to push when the safety car came in. He also had fresher tyres than his rivals, who were being held up by Nico Rosberg's aerodynamically inefficient Mercedes, which was struggling with rubber in its front wing.
Red Bull and Vettel had a pace advantage in Singapore, but the crushing winning margin was also flattered by a perfect storm of circumstance.