2013 Singapore Grand Prix – race report
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: WINNER, Start Position: 1st
“It’s just been a fantastic weekend. The start was close, but then we had strong race pace, especially when the safety car came in, and we pushed very hard to try to build up a gap. You never know what’s coming up and what can happen. The last ten laps seemed to go on forever inside the car. I kept my concentration by reminding myself how easily you can make a mistake around here, the walls are close and if you don’t pay enough attention it can go wrong pretty quickly. I focused on hitting the brakes correctly and on saving the tyres. We didn’t expect to be that strong, but it’s a team effort. Everyone is pushing hard and I think the secret, if there is one, is that we love what we do and we’re so passionate. The conditions aren’t great here with the heat, but the team always pushes hard and I think that’s what makes the difference. I’d like to say to everyone working for team that it’s a privilege for me to be driving the car you have built.“
Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Finish Position: DNF, Start Position: 4th
“I think I did pretty much everything I could today. We had pace in the car when we needed, we managed the tyres and made a very good undercut on Nico, I was really happy with that lap. Then six laps from the end, the guys were getting worried about the car. So, yeah, it’s annoying but someone’s had a tougher day than me somewhere and that’s the way it goes. I was having to short shift, but then, unlike Monza, we started to lose a lot of power. We were just trying to get home at that point but then on the last lap we caught fire.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “A really bittersweet result today. It was a phenomenal performance by Sebastian. It was one of his strongest ever drives, particularly after the safety car came out halfway through the race. It wasn’t the best moment for us and after that, Seb needed to pull out a gap of 27 seconds. He pulled out 30 seconds in 15 laps, at times lapping over two seconds quicker than the rest of the field; it was incredible to watch and it was a thoroughly deserved and really dominant victory today. There was huge frustration for Mark that after two hours of driving really well we could see with 12 laps to go that we began to lose water pressure. The water then effectively ran out at which point it is only a matter of time until the engine overheats, which is what happened on the last lap – it was cruel luck. Nonetheless today is our third successive win and our third consecutive Singapore win, while we’ve extended our lead in the Drivers’ Championship.”
THIERRY SALVI, Renault: “Sebastian had fantastic pace today. He controlled the race from the beginning to the end. Mark retired following a water leak about five laps from the end. We tried everything, including short shifting, to get to the end of the race, but we came up just short and the engine overheated within sight of the line. The whole team did a great job this weekend, showing the potential of the Red Bull-Renault chassis/engine package yet again. Apologies to Mark, as he deserved more after such a strong race.”
Jill and Brianon September 23, 2013 Reply
‘Apologies to Mark’ it’s gonna take more than that, your a disgrace RB, his car catches fire and Horner and Newey find it funny on SkyF1, then he gets a 10 place grid penalty for Alonzo giving him a lift to the pits. Roll on 2014 and Porsch, your fans will be with you Mark. Enjoy your time in Oz mate and keep your chin up, the world knows what the real RB are like and it’s pitiful. All the best Mark.
sorayaon September 23, 2013 Reply
Jill and Brian said it all, so sorry for today and good luck for next race, you did you best!!! and were ever you go we will be there for you!!!!
travon September 23, 2013 Reply
Shafted again Mark…by ass**** RBR.
Its a shame u didnt go to Ferrari for two seasons
…to get fair treatment.
Billyon September 23, 2013 Reply
Got to agree there,”Apologies to Mark”,what was that all about,why apologies? why not sat “Bad Luck Mark” or better luck next time,I can’t wait until you are away from these arseholes Mark,I will be following your new career at Porche,and i sorta feel sorry for Dan Ricciardo,I will stilll follow F1 but not like i used to,I really hope you write a book mate,i do.But you did your best but it was not to be,geez you seem to get a lot of car problems,The Square Head never seems to get your problems,RB always like to put distance between you and the “Brown Nosing Squarehead”
Roll on Porche,roll on not having a Cheating Kraut team mate,
paul whithamon September 23, 2013 Reply
come back to OZ and race V8 supercars mate
Galenon September 25, 2013 Reply
I travelled from Adelaide, Australia for the race in Singapore and was disappointed to see Mark’s DNF due to engine failure. Having said that however he can stand tall knowing he performed well all weekend; A pleasure to watch. You’ll be sorely missed by all your fans next year Mark, by us aussie’s and all across the world also!
timon September 26, 2013 Reply
Maybe with the grid penalty the team will give you a decent car for a change. Wouldn’t drink red bull if last drink on earth.
Hot Rodon September 28, 2013 Reply
bad wheel change, bad gearbox, leaking engine, Poor pitting, how have you put up with this? better management next year Hot Rod