RED Bull’s Sebastian Vettel took another giant step towards a successful defence of his drivers’ title as he won the Singapore Grand Prix last night, the ninth win of his hugely successful season.
As if Vettel’s supremacy this year was not already obvious enough, the Red Bull driver managed for the first time in his career to lead for every single lap of a race, including during the pit stops when the race order usually undergoes a temporary reshuffle.
“It was a fantastic result,” Vettel said. “I really love this track, and I love the challenge here. It’s one of the longest races of the season. The car was fantastic. We were in a comfortable position for most of the race, which is pretty handy around here, because it’s a challenge to put the sectors together in qualifying and in the race.”
The German’s ninth victory in 14 races means he needs just a point from the remaining five races to seal the title.
Mark Webber had another poor getaway from the dirty side of the grid and moved left to cover Lewis Hamilton coming down the inside. Hamilton had to lift and was down in eighth place at the end of the first lap – a fact that defined his afternoon.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished fourth and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton was fifth after another incident-filled race for the Briton, who had to serve a pit drive-through penalty for crashing into Ferrari’s Felipe Massa on lap 12.