Red Bull star Sebastian Vettel records second successive with at Singapore
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel improved his chances of winning the world championship by recording a rather comfortable win in Singapore on Sunday. The young German escaped challenges from McLaren’s Jenson Button and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso to record his first victory in five months.
Sebastian Vettel was exuberant over recording his second successive win in Singapore at Marina Bay. Once Lewis Hamilton, who was leading the race, quit due to a faulty gearbox Sebastian Vettel was given the license to roam in front of the other drivers freely.
The 25-year-old was clearly dominating over Jenson Button and his soft Pirelli tires. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso once again came to the horrible realization that his Ferrari lacked pace to compete against the likes of McLaren and Red Bull.
Later in his press conference Sebastian Vettel told reporters that the victory at Singapore provided him with a good boost of 25 points, but its effectiveness can only be realized in the upcoming weeks.
“That will be seen in the weeks to come,” Sebastian Vettel said. “But for sure it was great to bag 25 points. It’s been a good day for us. At the start I think it was very important to outstrip the Williams and from then on in it became obvious that we had the speed - especially in sector three - and I was able to keep the gap to Lewis (Hamilton) small. At the end of the first stint I could not keep up the speed and had to pit for new tires, which wasn’t exactly the plan.”
“In the end the decision was correct as I felt much more comfortable on the harder compound and could get closer to Lewis. He then ran into trouble and had to stop so it is hard to say what would have happened had he stayed in the race. But speed-wise I would say that in the second stint something would have been possible. In the end it was not necessary to try anything. I must say that it was a really good weekend.”
Fernando Alonso is still leading the Drivers Standings with 194 points. The Spaniard finished third in Singapore in spite of experiencing a slow day. Meanwhile, the defending world championship Sebastian Vettel is now second placed with 165 points. Kimi Raikkonen is third placed with 149 points and Lewis Hamilton is fourth placed with 142 points.