Sebastian Vettel has said he's not entirely sure how he ended up being penalised for speeding in the pit lane during the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver was awarded a drive through penalty for breaking the limit during his second stop of the race, which all but ruined his chances of winning, but he admits he's sceptical as to whether it was justified.

"There's a bit of a question mark as to why I got the penalty," he said. "I mean I had no reason to push at that point. We knew we couldn't pass Lewis at the pit-stop because he was staying out longer, so I was surprised when I got the call on the radio for it."

Team Principal Christian Horner admitted he was irritated by the team's bad luck this weekend but praised the Vettel for his drive.

"Both drivers didn't have great starts, which was inevitable from the dirty side of the grid," he said. "There was a drive-through penalty for Sebastian and damage to his diffuser after running over a kerb and, with all of that, he managed to bring the car home in P4 with a really competitive drive."

While today's result makes it even more difficult for Vettel to catch Jenson Button in the remaining three races the young German is certain that the Red Bull team will approach them as they had the rest of the Grand Prix this season.

"I think history has shown many different examples of how it can finish over the years, with it going either way," he said. "At the next races our approach will be simple: we will try to get pole position and try to win, so it's very straightforward."

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