SINGAPORE — Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel recorded yet another start-to-finish win at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday to further extend his lead in the Formula One championship.
The German was in a class of his own under the Marina Bay lights, winning by a massive 32.6 seconds over Fernando Alonso and boosting his championship lead on the Ferrari driver from 53 points to 60 with six races remaining.
“We are in a very good position. To be honest I am not looking at the championship too much,” Vettel said. “I am just enjoying it at the moment. Days like today and yesterday are what it is all about.”
Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen was third, ahead of the Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in fourth and fifth respectively.
Starting in pole, Vettel lost the lead at the first corner to Rosberg but took it back as the Mercedes driver ran wide at turn two.
Even a safety car period just before half distance, which eroded his 12-second lead, could not prevent another Vettel victory.
SPRINT CUP: Roger Penske says his team didn’t do anything wrong in the Richmond scandal that rocked NASCAR.
Penske was at New Hampshire and back at a NASCAR track for the first time since the sport’s big embarrassment. He insisted his team was in the clear and knew nothing about a deal with Front Row Motorsports to get Joey Logano in the Chase.
Penske said his team had “no deal” with Front Row.
He also said he’s yet to make a decision on Sam Hornish Jr’s future. Hornish leads the Nationwide Series standings but has no Cup ride for 2014. Penske said he told Hornish to look around at other offers.
MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING: The president of 5-Hour Energy said he will “see how the year plays out” before deciding on whether to keep its sponsorship with Michael Waltrip Racing.
Scott Henderson said that he wants to win with integrity.
He said “I wonder about integrity” following the Richmond scandal that has already cost MWR its NAPA sponsorship.
MWR driver Martin Truex Jr. was kicked out of the Chase. MWR was also fined $300,000, general manager Ty Norris was suspended indefinitely and all three crew chiefs for its drivers were placed on probation for the rest of the year.
The energy-shot brand is the primary sponsor for Chase driver Clint Bowyer. Henderson had a friendly chat with Bowyer before the start of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire.
Waltrip said Friday he expected 5-Hour Energy to remain with MWR.