Sebastian Vettel says he is satisfied fighting his way through the field during the Singapore GP, and feels that a third place finish was potentially on the cards.
The German had started at the rear of the grid having missed out on Q2 due to a rear-anti roll bar failure, which allowed Ferrari to freely change his engine as any penalty handed to Vettel wouldn’t make a difference on his starting position.
Starting the race on the soft compound tyre, Vettel ran a long first sting which saw him climb as high as sixth before the first round of pit stops. A middle stint on the ultra-soft tyre gave Vettel the pace to continue his charge through the field where he made it back into the top ten before making his final pit stop to take another set of ultra-softs to see him to the end of the race.
“I enjoyed it a lot,” Vettel said. “Obviously overtaking here is rare but I was able to get a couple of guys especially into Turn 7 and then it was quite interesting the fight I had with Esteban and Carlos.
“It didn’t last too long but it was very close at some point. Three cars going together into Turn 9, but in the end I was happy I came out of it – I had a big smile on my face going into Turn 11.
“Obviously at some point I thought we maybe could get close to the battle for third with Kimi and Lewis but in the end the gap was a bit too big – I think we lost a bit too much probably in the opening stages of the race which also was to be expected.
“I think we slowly got into the groove and especially in the last two stints the car really came alive and we make good progress so it was good fun, I enjoyed it a lot.”
Vettel’s drive through the field was so impressive that it earned him the driver of the day award as voted by the fans. He also managed to finished ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to help limit the potential loss in constructors’ championship points.
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