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Vettel dedicates win in memory of Prof Sid Watkins

Sebastian Vettel dedicated his flawless race victory in Singapore to the memory of Professor Sid Watkins, the pioneer of medical safety in F1 and motorsport around the globe.
Sebastian Vettel was delighted with his win in the 2012 F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay, saying that he was "just incredibly happy and proud because this is a such a tough race."

But more importantly, he wanted to dedicate the day's victory in the memory of a man with a very special place in the history of F1 and motorsport around the world.

"It's great to get the win today," he said. "I'd like to dedicate it to Professor Sid Watkins. It's thanks to all the work he did to bring safety advancements to the sport that we can race on circuits like this."

Calling the Prof "one very, very special man", Vettel continued: "I think he is one of the biggest reasons we can go out on a circuit like this and enjoy ourselves and be reasonably safe. He pushed the boundaries in terms of safety for all of us, so a big thank you to him."

A one minute silence had been held before the start of the race to mark the passing of Professor Watkins on September 12, aged 84.

Moving on to the events of Sunday's race, Vettel insisted that he'd taken no pleasure when he saw Lewis Hamilton retire with gearbox failure on lap 23 of the gruelling two-hour race.

"Lewis had to retire which is a shame for him," he said. "I know how it feels and have been in that position before."

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner echoed Vettel's thoughts. "It was unfortunate for Lewis to retire from the lead, we know how that feels and it's never a good feeling."

Hamilton had seemingly been having an easy time of it in the race lead up to that point, but Vettel was confident that he would have made things tougher for the McLaren driver later in the race.

"I think we could have had a tight battle," he said. "I felt very good on the harder tyres and we had a lot of pace. I think it's very good to get this win here today. We know the next few races will be tough, but that's the challenge."





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