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Vettel wins exciting Singapore F1 Grand Prix

posted 23 Sep 2012, 09:37 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 23 Sep 2012, 09:37 ]

Sebastian Vettel improves his chance of securing a third consecutive Formula One world championship by winning an action-packed Singapore Grand Prix after pole sitter Lewis Hamilton suffers a gearbox failure

Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel won an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday (September 23), strengthening his chances of claiming a third successive title.
Vettel inherited the lead from McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who retired on the 23rd lap with a gearbox failure.

The German then withstood the challenge of Hamilton's team mate and compatriot Jenson Button through two safety car periods on the way to repeating his victory at the same circuit a year ago.

Championship leader Fernando Alonso took third spot in his Ferrari, but saw his advantage over Vettel reduced to 29 points with six rounds remaining.

Force India's Paul di Resta claimed a creditable fourth spot, which was his best finish in Formula One.

The race got off to a smooth start with pole-sitter Hamilton pulling clear of Pastor Maldonado, who had qualified second in his Williams, before the Venezuelan was swamped by both Vettel and Button by Turn 2 in a frantic first few corners.

The first round of pitstops between the eighth and 11th laps did little to alter proceedings, with all the leaders rejoining the race in the same position they held before their stops.

Hamilton already appeared to have the measure of Vettel until he suffered mishap on the start of the 23rd lap, the Briton unable to find a gear after he slipped into neutral, forcing him to pull off into a runoff area as the German raced past.

The safety car was deployed after Narain Karthikeyan crashed on lap 33.

Maldonado's disappointing race came to a premature end behind the safety car when his team informed him of a hydraulics problem and called him into the pits.

With little in the way of competitive action at the head of the field, the mid-division supplied plenty of drama, none more so than when Michael Schumacher shunted Jean Eric Vergne in a repeat of his crash into the rear of Sergio Perez a year ago.

The delays shortened the race by two laps to 59, but Vettel was never threatened by Button and cruised to his second consecutive victory in Singapore and second win of the season overall.

Nico Rosberg took fifth place for Mercedes with Kimi Raikkonen maintaining his championship challenge with a sixth place finish in his Lotus, although the Finn is now a distant 45 points behind Alonso.

Result from the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on Sunday:

1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault 2:00:26.144

2. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren +00:08.900

3. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 00:15.200

4. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India - Mercedes 00:19.000

5. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 00:34.700

6. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus - Renault 00:35.700

7. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault 00:36.600

8. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 00:42.800

9. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 00:45.800

10. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault 00:47.100

11. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber - Ferrari 00:50.600

12. Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia - Cosworth 01:31.900

13. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber - Ferrari 01:37.100

14. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 01:39.400

15. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham - Renault 01:36.100

16. Charles Pic (France) Marussia - Cosworth 01:47.400

17. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT - Cosworth 1 lap

18. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham - Renault 2 laps

19r. Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams - Renault 2 laps

r. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 21 laps

r. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 21 laps

r. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams - Renault 23 laps

r. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT - Cosworth 29 laps

r. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 37 laps

(rank: r = retired, nc = not classified)

Fastest Lap: Nico Hulkenberg,1:51.033, lap 52.

Driver and constructor standings after the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on Sunday:

Drivers Points

1. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 194

2. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 165

3. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Renault 149

4. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 142

5. Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 133

6. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 119

7. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes GP 93

8. Romain Grosjean (France) Renault 82

9. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 65

10. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 51

11. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 44

12. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes GP 43

13. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 35

14. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 31

15. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 29

16. Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams 25

17. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 8

18. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 6

19. Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia 0

20. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Team Lotus 0

21. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Team Lotus 0

22. Jerome d'Ambrosio (Belgium) Renault 0

23. Charles Pic (France) Marussia 0

24. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 0

25. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT 0

Constructors Points

1. RedBull - Renault 298

2. McLaren - Mercedes 261

3. Ferrari 245

4. Lotus - Renault 231

5. Mercedes 136

6. Sauber - Ferrari 100

7. Force India - Mercedes 75

8. Williams - Renault 54

9. Toro Rosso - Ferrari 14

10. Marussia - Cosworth 0

11. Caterham - Renault 0

12. HRT - Cosworth 0