Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel swept to victory at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, ending in a comfortable first position at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Although the Mercedes-Benz drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton ended in fourth and fifth place respectively, the former came agonisingly close to gaining a clear advantage over Vettel at the start of the race.
Rosberg took second position in qualifying behind the Red Bull driver, and made an aggressive attempt to outdo his fellow German directly from the starting line. And momentarily he succeeded, passing Vettel at the first corner, only to lose first place at the next bend after coming in slightly too wide.
Unfortunately for Rosberg, the result was rarely in doubt from that point onwards. The ensuing deployment of a safety car after Daniel Ricciardo’s crash, along with a later pit stop, contributed to his being leapfrogged by Fernando Alonso of Ferrari and Kimi Raikonnen of Lotus and finishing the race in fourth place. Lewis Hamilton in the other Mercedes car was fifth – a disappointing finish by his high standards.
” We could perhaps have been second today but events in the race just didn’t go our way so it is a little disappointing to only finish in fourth place”, commented Rosberg. “We now need to learn from this weekend and focus on the next race in Korea.”
While disappointed, Hamilton reiterated his teammate’s positive outlook. “Of course, it’s a little disappointing to come away with only fifth place but I gave it my all out there and we’ll come back stronger”, he said. “Our aim is to get back ahead of Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship and see if we can get another win before the end of the season.”
Ridgeway Mercedes-Benz would like to offer our drivers the best of luck in next month’s Korean Grand Prix, which will be held at the Korea International Circuit on October 6th.