Rosberg leads the local charge as Vettel wins again

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Nico Rosberg drove his Brackley-based Mercedes to fourth place in last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, round 13 of the 2013 F1 Championship.

The German racer headed home his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, who finished the race one position further back in fifth in a race that was run under floodlights around the Singapore street circuit.

Rosberg said: “It has been a solid weekend for me. Qualifying went quite well and I thought for a while I might be able to snatch pole position. It was close but Sebastian Vettel just had the edge. In the race our pace was quite good but we didn’t have the speed to catch the Red Bull, Alonso or Raikkonen. A podium was close – but just out of reach.”

Hamilton added: “This was a difficult race for me in many ways. I didn’t have the speed to challenge for a podium but I think we gained some momentum moving forward and believe we can score wins before the end of the season.

“The high downforce races are really over now and I think the tracks we have to visit will suit our car better than some of the other tracks we have raced on.”

Adrian Sutil scooped a single point for the Silverstone-based Sahara Force India team, finishing 10th, while team-mate Paul di Resta endured a difficult race with his car a late race retirement when he looked set for a good point-scoring finish.

For the part Bicester-based Toro Rosso squad, Jean-Eric Vergne was the only finisher, crossing the line in 14th, as his team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo – set to join Red Bull next season – was an early race retirement.

At the head of the field, Sebastian Vettel continued his march towards a fourth F1 drivers’ championship title with an easy victory. The Red Bull racer finished well clear of Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and a hard-charging Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus).

Points standings: 1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 247; 2. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 187; 3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 151; 4. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) 149; 5. Mark Webber (Red Bull) 130; 6. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1166.

Next race: Korea, October 6.