Sebastian Vettel wins the 2013 Singapore Grand Prix

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 23, 2013

The winner of the Singapore Grand Prix is Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, followed by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso (who placed second) and Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen (who came in at third place). This win gave Vettel a wider lead in the 2013 Formula One World Championship. Vettel had a 32-second lead over Alonso in the 61-lap race. At the beginning of the race, Vettel took the pole position.

Trailing him were Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, and Lotus’ Romain Grosjean. Coming in at fourth place is Red Bull’s Mark Webber. Vettel lost the lead to Rosberg at the start as they passed the first corner. But Rosberg immediately ran wide, giving the lead back to Vettel. Alonso was quick to move up at the start, going from seventh place to No. 3.

In the middle states, most of the teams experienced excessive tire degradation and had to rethink their original two-stop strategies. On lap 25, Daniel Ricciardo (Torro Rosso) retired after he drove his car into the barriers, resulting to a safety car period. Force India’s Paul Di Resta also had to retire after crashing into the barriers at turn seven on lap 55.

In the race, McLaren's Jenson Button experienced several tire issues and was forced to drop from third place to seventh within just a few laps near the end. Meanwhile, Webber had the same issues he had at Monza affecting the engine and gearbox. Red Bull told him to short shift his gearchanges.

In a radio message, Red Bull had said in the final laps that it’s about “getting the car to the finish, now.” But his situation only got worse. It became clear that he won’t be able to complete the race after a car fire on the final lap. Vettel said at the podium that there was “some very good pace” as the car turned out to be a “pleasure” to drive around the track.

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