Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel didn’t put a foot wrong as he produced a brilliant drive under the lights in Marina Bay to win the Singapore Grand Prix for the third successive year.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso capitalised on a stunning start and a bold strategy to take second while Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen fought off back pain to complete the podium.
Jenson Button looked on course for McLaren’s first podium of the season before his tyres faded and he finished seventh, one place ahead of his team-mate Sergio Perez who recovered to eighth after a poor qualifying. But who was your Driver of the Day?
Led all but one corner to take his seventh victory of the season. Squeezed a fast-starting Nico Rosberg at the start, but lost first position from pole at the first corner. Retook the lead when Rosberg ran wide on the exit and from there never looked back. Responded well at the safety car restart and then built up a huge lead – sometimes lapping more than two seconds quicker than the rest of the field – to cover off anyone who may have tried to stop one less time than him. Cruised over the line to take his 33rd career victory and extend his championship lead to 60 points with just six races remaining.
Made an electric start and benefitted from a bold strategy to take second. Moved to the outside on the rundown to the first corner to make up four places and run third early on. Struggled to keep up with Rosberg in second, but held a healthy lead over the chasing pack. Pitted during the safety car period, fitting the medium tyres, and ran through to the end of the race, which allowed him to climb up to second. Managed his tyres and pace well to take his third consecutive second-placed finish and keep his hopes of the title alive.
Overcame back pain to take his seventh podium of the season. Qualified 13th after struggling throughout the practice sessions with an on-going back problem which flared up. Struggled with traffic early on but pitted early for his first stop to give him some clear air. Pumped in the lap times and produced some good overtakes to rise up throughout the field. Like Alonso, pitted under the safety car and then did 36 laps on the medium tyre to finish third.
Looked on course for a podium before fading in the final stages. Ran in the low points-scoring positions for much of the race. Pitted under the safety car and re-joined ninth. Like Alonso and Raikkonen, decided to try and get to the end of the race on that set of tyres. Rose to third as others pitted but was eventually caught and overtaken by Raikkonen and then lost three further places. Finished seventh – his 10th points-scoring result in 13 races.
Recovered from a bad qualifying to score points for the sixth time this season. Started 14th, but made up a few places at the start. Had a good battle with Nico Hulkenberg and made his way up into the points. Did the same strategy as McLaren team-mate Button. Looked to have the pace and better tyres than Button in the closing stages, but couldn’t make a pass stick and settled for eighth – six places higher than his grid slot.