Vettel moves closer to 4th world championship title
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel claimed victory in the Singapore leg of the Formula One GP 2013. The win brings him closer to his 4th world championship title giving him a 60-point lead over Alonso (187 points) followed by Hamilton (151 points), and Raikkonen (149 points).
Vettel had to battle it out with Nico Rosberg who outdragged him to the first corner but soon recovered. By the end of that lap, he was already 1.9 seconds ahead of Rosberg which grew to 4.1 seconds after the following lap. He maintained that lead throughout, and maintained a 3.2-second clearance at the end of lap 31.
Rosberg later on lost his momentum while Fernando Alonso moved to second place. Alonso and is Ferrari made through the position from seventh. Despite an attempt to chase Vettel, Alonso finished 32.6 seconds behind the leader with Kimi Raikkonen finishing in third with his Lotus-Renault F1 car (+43.9 seconds).
The top three were followed by Nico Rosberg, who fell from 2nd to the 4th (+51.1 seconds), Lewis Hamilton (+53.1 seconds), Felipe Massa (+63.8 seconds), and Jenson Button (+83.3 seconds).
“One word: super! But I have said over the team radio that this is a team victory because on a track like Singapore everything has to fall into place - the car, the strategy and the window of flexibility. And today everything worked just perfectly. But that comes, of course, with a price: when others are already sitting at the poolside we are still in the paddock working meticulously on the smallest detail. So yes, success has its price. But it does make a difference over a race weekend - and over the whole season,” said Vettel on his win.