Vettel dedicates victory to Sid Watkins
23 September 2012 – Sebastian Vettel’s win in Singapore marks his first since the Bahrain Grand Prix in April and only the second for the World Champion in 2012. From third on the grid, the Red Bull driver passed Pastor Maldonado and took full advantage of Lewis Hamilton’s gearbox problem. Immediately after winning, he dedicated victory to the recently deceased Sid Watkins.
The Formula 1 safety innovator, who worked in the sport from 1978 to 2005, died last week after a short illness. Having already received tributes from around the world, he received further homage from Vettel on both the victory lap and the podium.
“Obviously we benefitted from Lewis’ failure,” Vettel said. “I could see a couple of laps before that he was losing oil, but the pace has been there for us all weekend so I’m just so happy we’ve won it.
“I’d like to dedicate it to one very, very special man: Sid Watkins. He has passed away but will never be forgotten. He made it safer for us and pushed the boundaries, so he is a very special man.”
When asked if he could stage a comeback similar to that of 2010, Vettel replied:
“I don’t think Fernando (Alonso) would be happy if it happens again at the last race (laughs) – anything can happen in the races, so it’s a lot of fun but we have a lot of races left. The car seems to be competitive so we need to keep pushing over the next couple of races to get ahead of those guys.”
Vettel is now back up to second in the championship, 29 points behind Alonso.