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Singapore Grand Prix: Race Reactions.

Fernando Alonso:

“This is a fantastic result – my first podium of the season, my first victory and I'm very happy, although I think it will take several days for me to realise what we have achieved. Winning a grand prix here just seemed to be impossible because we missed our chance yesterday in qualifying, but we were very fortunate today and it's a superb result for the team. We chose a very aggressive strategy and we had a bit of luck, but we had the pace and the car was fantastic throughout the weekend.”

Nico Rosberg:

“It was a race of so many ups and downs for me. It started badly as I ended up behind a heavy Jarno Trulli, and I absolutely had to get by him to allow my strategy to work. It was quite a hairy moment getting past because it is so bumpy to out-brake at turn seven and I couldn't get close at turn one, the only two places where overtaking is possible.

“Anyway, having eventually cleared him, I couldn't believe it when I saw that the safety car had come out just after the team had called me in for my stop, and I thought that was the end of it. Before my stop-go penalty, I just had to push like mad and do qualifying lap after qualifying lap, and I managed to build enough of a gap to complete my second stop and hold on to second place.

“With a handful of laps to go in the most physical race this year and a car in your mirrors, time goes amazingly slowly, but for once everything went our way. I think Frank will have to wear his lucky tartan trousers again!”

Lewis Hamilton:

“A positive end to a difficult weekend at this fantastic new venue. I started well but then my rear tyres faded and, although we had good pace, I wasn't in a position to challenge Felipe ahead of me.

“During my first pit-stop I lost a bit of time because everybody came in due to the safety car period. After that I was unfortunately stuck behind David, and although I was clearly faster it was really difficult to overtake him.

“After the second re-start, I tried to stay as close as possible behind Nico; however, I didn't want to take chances – particularly as the Ferraris were outside the points. Also, this is not a track where overtaking is easy. The first night race in Formula 1 history was great fun, and I now look forward to the forthcoming double-header in Japan and China.”

Timo Glock:

“I am happy with the job I did; I made no mistakes, and fourth is a good result. It was quite tough out there in these conditions, and with such a bumpy track the car was not very comfortable to drive; I am sure I will feel the effects tomorrow.

“My goal at the beginning of the year was to score 20 points this season, so I am very satisfied to achieve that with three races still to go. However, I am fighting for the team to help them finish fourth in the constructors' championship and we were a bit unlucky with that today, but congratulations to Fernando, who did a great job. Now we will go to Fuji and aim to recover the lost ground.”

Sebastian Vettel:



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