Sebastian Vettel produced his most dominant performance of the 2013 Formula 1 season so far to win the Singapore Grand Prix.
Mixed emotions for the Lotus team in Singapore as a stellar drive from Kimi Räikkönen brought a podium from P13 on the grid while Romain Grosjean was forced to retire from a very strong position up ahead. Here’s how it happened…
Pos Driver Team 1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 2. Alonso Ferrari 3. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 4. Rosberg Mercedes 5. Hamilton Mercedes 6. Massa Ferrari 7. Button McLaren-Mercedes 8. Perez McLaren-Mercedes 9. Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 10. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 11. Maldonado Williams-Renault 12. Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 13. Bottas Williams-Renault 14. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 15. Webber Red Bull-Renault 16. van der Garde Caterham-Renault 17. Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 18. Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 19. Pic Caterham-Renault DNF Di Resta Force India-Mercedes DNF Grosjean Lotus-Renault DNF Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari World Championship standings, round 13: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Vettel 247 1. Red Bull-Renault 377 2. Alonso 187 2. Ferrari 274 3. Hamilton 151 3. Mercedes 267 4. Raikkonen 149 4. Lotus-Renault 206 5. Webber 130 5. McLaren-Mercedes 76 6. Rosberg 116 6. Force India-Mercedes 62 7. Massa 87 7. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 31 8. Grosjean 57 8. Sauber-Ferrari 19 9. Button 54 9. Williams-Renault 1 10. Di Resta 36 11. Sutil 26 12. Perez 22 13. Hulkenberg 19 14. Ricciardo 18 15. Vergne 13 16. Maldonado 1
Video: SkySports post-race interview
“I didn’t feel it too much in the race,” he said. “Yesterday not ideal and I almost didn’t drive.
“We have to be happy enough with finishing third and we can sort the problems for the next race.
“It is not the first time I have had some issues with my back and I know I have some work to do over the winter so we will see what we can do.
“Now afterwards it’s not 100 per cent. We have two weeks to rest and get it right. We did the best we could, and could not achieve much more today.”
Raikkonen sealed his unlikely podium finish with a bold pass around the outside of Jenson Button’s McLaren seven laps from the end.
The Finn played down the impressive manoeuvre.
“Maybe it looks more tricky,” said Raikkonen. “You have more grip when you brake on-line and it’s easier to know where you have to brake than on the inside.
“It’s not an easy one but I managed to get past and that is the main thing.”
Kimi Raikkonen – 3: “It’s been a difficult weekend, so to finish on the podium is a good result. The car felt good and it could have been even better if I’d been able to do more work in practice, but even with a better qualifying performance I think third was the maximum we could achieve today. The problem with my back hasn’t been ideal, but it felt much better than yesterday and I didn’t really notice it in the race, only afterwards. I have some time to recover before Korea and we were pretty strong there last year, so let’s see what we can do next time out.”
Romain Grosjean – DNF: “The race was going pretty well and I think a second or third place finish was a realistic prospect. We had a good strategy pitting under the safety car and we should have finished well, but unfortunately today my engine had other ideas. We lost air pressure and the team tried to fix the problem by topping it up with an additional pit stop, but that didn’t work so we had to retire which is never what you want to happen.”
Eric Boullier: “Another day of mixed fortunes and commiserations for Romain who had a superb weekend, stymied by a reliability issue in the race. On the other hand, huge congratulations to Kimi for a typical “never-give-up” race carving his way through the field nicely to put the back problems which have affected him all weekend right behind him. Our race strategy worked perfectly today and we were able to jump a number of other cars well.”