With the 33rd victory of his Formula One career, Sebastian Vettel has now surpassed Fernando Alonso as the driver currently competing in the sport who has the most wins.
Vettel’s Singapore Grand Prix win was the third ‘grand slam’ of his career, which included pole position, fastest lap and leading every lap. Alonso is the only other driver on the grid to have achieved this and he also did so at Singapore, in 2010.
Six drivers have more ‘grand slams’ than Vettel:
|2||Alberto Ascari, Michael Schumacher||5|
|4||Jackie Stewart, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell||4|
|7||Nelson Piquet, Sebastian Vettel||3|
|9||Juan Manuel Fangio, Jack Brabham, Mika Hakkinen||2|
|12||Mike Hawthorn, Niki Lauda, Gerhard Berger, Damon Hill, Fernando Alonso, Stirling Moss, Jacques Laffite, Gilles Villeneuve, Jo Siffert, Jacky Ickx, Clay Regazzoni||1|
Vettel also drew level with Alonso in terms of fastest laps – both have 20 – and the pair finish one-two for the third race in a row.
The Red Bull driver passed Nigel Mansell in terms of laps led – he’s now led more racing laps than anyone bar Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. However despite having spent 2,147 laps in the lead that is still less than half Schumacher’s total of 5,111.
Vettel has now led 394 laps this season – more than half of all the racing laps so far.
Red Bull achieved their 51st pole position giving them as many as Renault. Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Lotus are the only teams ahead of them on the all-time list.
It was also the 207th pole position for a Renault engine. One more will see them tie Ferrari’s record for the most pole positions of all time.
Vettel’s third win in a row continues to squeeze the life out of the drivers’ championship. Only the top six drivers are mathematically still in the running: the Red Bull and Mercedes drivers, plus Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.
This was also Vettel’s third consecutive win in Singapore. He is the first driver to score three consecutive victories at the same track since Felipe Massa in 2008:
|Ayrton Senna||Monaco Grand Prix||1989-1993||5|
|Juan Manuel Fangio||Argentinian Grand Prix||1954-1957||4||Shared win with Luigi Musso in 1956|
|Jim Clark||Belgian Grand Prix||1962-1965||4|
|Ayrton Senna||Belgian Grand Prix||1988-1991||4|
|Jim Clark||British Grand Prix||1962-1965||4|
|Michael Schumacher||Spanish Grand Prix||2001-2004||4|
|Michael Schumacher||United States Grand Prix||2003-2006||4|
|Michael Schumacher||Australian Grand Prix||2000-2002||3|
|Michael Schumacher||Belgian Grand Prix||1995-1997||3||Won ‘on the road’ in 1994 but disqualified|
|Kimi Raikkonen||Belgian Grand Prix||2004-2007||3||No race in 2006|
|Michael Schumacher||Canadian Grand Prix||2002-2004||3|
|Alain Prost||French Grand Prix||1988-1990||3|
|Juan Manuel Fangio||German Grand Prix||1954-1957||3||No race in 1955|
|Ayrton Senna||German Grand Prix||1988-1990||3|
|Juan Manuel Fangio||Italian Grand Prix||1953-1955||3|
|Michael Schumacher||Japanese Grand Prix||2000-2002||3|
|Graham Hill||Monaco Grand Prix||1963-1965||3|
|Alain Prost||Monaco Grand Prix||1984-1986||3|
|Jim Clark||Dutch Grand Prix||1963-1965||3|
|Michael Schumacher||San Marino Grand Prix||2002-2004||3|
|Sebastian Vettel||Singapore Grand Prix||2011-2013||3|
|Jackie Stewart||Spanish Grand Prix||1969-1971||3|
|Mika Hakkinen||Spanish Grand Prix||1998-2000||3||Lost 2001 win on last lap to Schumacher|
|Felipe Massa||Turkish Grand Prix||2006-2008||3|
|Graham Hill||United States Grand Prix||1963-1965||3|
|Ayrton Senna||United States Grand Prix (Detroit)||1986-1988||3|
The changes to turn ten and resurfacing work on the Singapore track meant lap times fell by three and a half seconds this year. This was the second major change made to the circuit, the last being in 2009, when the first corner plus turns 13 and 14 were altered.
Vettel’s pole position time of 1’42.841 was the fastest seen on any of the three configurations of the track used since 2008. However Vettel’s fastest lap of the race fell short of Raikkonen’s lap record for the first version of the track (1’45.599) and Jenson Button’s on the second in 2011 (1’48.454).
Mark Webber became the second driver in F1 history to receive a ten-place grid penalty due to collecting three reprimands during the season. Pastor Maldonado also did so last year. Here’s how many reprimands each of the drivers have collected so far this year:
|Mark Webber||Red Bull||Bahrain||Contact with Rosberg|
|Mark Webber||Red Bull||Canada||Speeding under yellows|
|Valtteri Bottas||Williams||Canada||Speeding under yellows|
|Kimi Raikkonen||Lotus||Monaco||Speeding under Safety Car|
|Adrian Sutil||Force India||Australia||Driving too slowly in pit lane|
|Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||Britain||Passed pit entry bollard on wrong side|
|Jules Bianchi||Marussia||Britain||Missed weighbridge|
|Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||Britain||Speeding under yellows|
|Charles Pic||Caterham||Belgium||Rejoining the track in an unsafe manner|
|Paul di Resta||Force India||Italy||Caused a collision with Grosjean|
|Mark Webber||Red Bull||Singapore||Entered track without marshal’s permission|
|Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||Singapore||Driving in a potentially dangerous manner|
Esteban Gutierrez made his first appearance in Q3 and had his best starting position with tenth, but like every other rookie in the field this year he is yet to score a point.
Review the year so far in statistics here:
- 2013 F1 championship points
- 2013 F1 season records
- 2013 F1 race data
- 2013 F1 qualifying data
- 2013 F1 retirements and penalties
- 2013 F1 strategy and pit stops
- 2013 F1 driver form guides
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2013 Singapore Grand Prix
- Penalty for third reprimand “disappointing” – Webber
- Di Resta still unsure over cause of Singapore crash
- Fourth Driver of the Weekend win for Vettel
- Second-lowest ever rating for Singapore Grand Prix
- 2013 Singapore Grand Prix team radio transcript
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