Sebastian Vettel took his second win of the season in the Singapore Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton retired from the lead. There were plenty of strong performances throughout the field, so who was your driver of the day?
Dominated both Friday practice sessions and continued that form in third practice. Failed to replicate that form in qualifying and started third on the grid but made a good start and was soon past Pastor Maldonado for second on the first lap. Kept pace with leader Hamilton while building a gap over Jenson Button in third. Took the lead when Hamilton retired and controlled the race despite two safety car periods. It was his second win of the season and saw him reduce Fernando Alonso’s championship lead to 29 points.
Finished second overall in Friday practice but was unhappy with the balance of the car. Qualified fourth, six tenths slower than team-mate Hamilton, but made a good start to get ahead of Maldonado. Went deeper into the race than Vettel and Hamilton before his first stop, but couldn’t make up any ground. Struggled to reduce Vettel’s lead but ensured a comfortable gap to Alonso in third to secure second – his fourth podium of the season.
Struggled in Friday practice and admitted that he was surprised at how far off the pace his Ferrari was after only qualifying fifth. Failed to make any progress at the start, but benefited from the second safety car period and Hamilton’s retirement to rise up to third. Resisted pressure from Paul di Resta in fourth to record the 81st podium of his career which moves him outright third in the all-time list. Leads the championship by 29 points from Vettel.
Paul di Resta
Showed strong pace in Friday practice and followed that up with an impressive performance in qualifying to line up sixth. Made a clean start and kept pace with the leaders early on. Benefited from Hamilton and Maldonado’s retirement to rise up to fourth. Put pressure on Alonso in the closing stages before settling for fourth – the best result of his career.
Struggled to match his team-mate Alonso in practice and failed to improve in qualifying, getting knocked in Q2 to start 13th on the grid. Picked up a rear puncture, after someone hit him at the start, which dropped him to the back of the field. Running in clear air, he was one of the fastest runners on his return to the track. Made good progress through the field, including a bold move on Bruno Senna which resulted in him making contact with the Williams and the barriers, to fight his way into eighth place.