SINGAPORE — Two-time reigning Formula One world driving champion Sebastian Vettel jumped back into the race for another championship with a commanding victory in Sunday’s Singtel Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
Vettel started third and pushed his Red Bull into the lead when polesitter Lewis Hamilton suffered a gearbox failure while leading on lap 22.
Several caution periods because of crashes caused the race to become a two-hour timed limit and finish inside the scheduled distance.
But no one had anything for the 25-year-old German Vettel, who cruised to an easy victory over Hamilton’s McLaren teammate Jenson Button.
It was Vettel’s second victory of the season and his second consecutive in the Singapore GP, which is held under the lights.
“It is one of the toughest races all year,” said Vettel. “It is very long to do the full two hours. The circuit is a killer. There are many bumps and the race just seems to go on forever. Obviously, we benefitted from Lewis’ failure. After that we had a very strong pace…I am incredibly happy and proud because this is such a tough race to win.”
Fernando Alonso, who maintains the championship lead by 29 points over Vettel, finished third for Ferrari.
Paul DiResta finished fourth for Force-India with Nico Rosberg taking fifth for Mercedes.