Singapore — Sebastian Vettel won the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday for the third year in a row, and extended his championship lead to 60 points, according to reports.
The German Red Bull star was seeking his fourth consecutive Formula One title, and won for the seventh time this year.
Vettel was booed on the podium after the race, just as he was following his win at Ferrari’s home track Monza.
“Fortunately we keep winning so they’ve got a reason to boo, but it’s not nice,” said Vettel.
“As long as they keep booing, we are doing a very good job so that’s the way I see it. The parade lap was quite nice there were a lot of people cheering. Obviously I didn’t give them the most exciting race, but on days like this, I really don’t mind.”
Christian Horner, the Red Bull team principal, was not happy with the booing from some of the crowd.
“The boy drove an unbelievable race. What we have witnessed is one of the best drives I’ve seen him produce in terms of raw pace and what he was able to deliver,” he said.
“So to see a driver, who has put in a performance like that and to not get the reception he deserves, is not sporting.”
“When you’ve driven your heart out and you are getting that reaction, to me it’s not fair and not right.”
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished second after battling his way up from seventh on the starting grid in the only night race on the calendar.
“We knew we didn’t have the pace, that we had to invent something, and the first opportunity was at the start,” said the two-time world champion.
“This is a fantastic podium, a second place that feels like a win. Red Bull were too fast all weekend, so we have to congratulate them for a fantastic weekend, and next we have to do better.”
Kimi Raikkoenen overcame a starting position of 13th and a back problem to take third place for Lotus. Image/Getty Images/dw.de