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The Singapore Grand Prix saw Sebastian Vettel in dominant mood on Sunday. Mohammed Fyrol / AFP
MOHD FYROL
The Singapore Grand Prix saw Sebastian Vettel in dominant mood on Sunday. Mohammed Fyrol / AFP

Following Sebastian Vettel’s victory in Sunday’s Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, Graham Caygill looks at five talking points from the race.

Vettel’s domination It cannot be simply credited to the car. If the Red Bull Racing machine was invincible Mark Webber would finish every race second. Vettel and his car are perfectly linked up at the moment and the German’s pace was such that when he needed to he was able to go more than two seconds faster than the rest of the field. Frightening.
Safety car It is not unfair to say the Singapore Grand Prix was saved as a spectacle by the arrival of the safety car after Daniel Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso crashed on Lap 23. The result was some drivers pitting, some not, and the second half of the race, apart from the fight at the front, was a thriller, as the different strategies led to lots of overtaking.

Alonso the magician The Ferrari is not getting any quicker and his qualifying woes continue. But somehow the Spaniard conjured up a second-place finish in Singapore thanks to a great start and an inspired move to pit when the safety car was out. He may have lost further ground to Vettel in the title race but he, at least, minimised the damage to seven points.

Ricciardo’s mistake The good news for Ricciardo is that he already has his Red Bull Racing contract for 2014 in his back pocket. But now all eyes are on him as early assumptions are being made regarding  if he has any hope of getting close to Vettel and parking it in the wall after a rookie mistake is not the message the Australian really wants to be sending out.

Sutil’s encouragement The German knows he is facing a fight to stay in F1 next season. He has acted like a man not afraid to say what he thinks, criticising Lewis Hamilton and hitting out at stewards. He did his talking on the track with a mature drive to 10th and deserved his championship point.