Vettel charges to victory using two-stop tyres strategy in Singapore

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Red Bull racer Sebastian Vettel charged to his 33rd career victory at the Singapore Grand Prix, using a two-stop tyres strategy.

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso used a different two-stop strategy to finish second from seventh on the grid, while another two-stop strategy was adopted by Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, who finished third from 13th on the grid.

The Singapore Grand Prix got underway in 67% humidity, with all the drivers apart from Force India’s Adrian Sutil starting on the P Zero Red supersoft tyre.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli tyres motorsport director, said: “Thermal degradation proved to be the limiting factor that the tyres had to overcome today rather than actual wear at Singapore: a race that proved to be just as tough as everyone expected.

“Both compounds, but in particular the supersoft, showed plenty of durability as well as pace and were the most appropriate choice for this race.

“One of the biggest complications is that the race strategy here has to be flexible in order to take into account the length of the race and the potential for safety cars, which ensured once again that the race went to the full two hours.

“The safety car mixed up the strategies considerably, but while Vettel was in a league of his own, there was an intense tactical battle for the final podium positions behind him.

“In the closing stages there was plenty of action, with different strategies ensuring a tight battle for the points’ places and several passing manoeuvres on a circuit where it’s not normally so easy to overtake.”

Alex Kapadia, Operations Team

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