Alonso wins the Singapore Grand Prix, Vettel second, Hamilton DNF

Fernando Alonso has won the Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay circuit after leading from the first corner to the chequered flag.

Sebastian Vettel, who finished second, appeared to have the quicker car for portions of the race, but was unable to pass either on the circuit or during the pitstops.

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Championship leader Mark Webber finished third, Jenson Button was fourth, but Lewis Hamilton failed to finish for the second race in a row, after tangling with Webber after a safety-car period.

Vettel got the best start from second place on the grid, but backed off when Alonso started to move across to cover the inside of the first corner.

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Out of the first three corners, the order of the top five remained the same as on the grid: Alonso leading Vettel, Hamilton, Button and Webber.

The safety car was brought out at the end of the first lap because Vitantonio Liuzzi had stopped on the circuit.

Webber decided to pit and change tyres at this stage, dropping back down the order, but later on in the race his pace began to improve.

In fact the Australian was able to leapfrog both McLarens when they pitted. Alonso and Vettel pitted together, reacting to the flurry of stops behind them, and emerged in the same order.

Vettel looked much quicker immediately after the stop, but before he could mount a challenge, the safety car was out again because Kamui Kobayashi and Bruno Senna had crashed into the barriers at turn 18.

At the restart, backmarkers slowed Webber allowing Hamilton to get alongside the Red Bull driver into turn seven. He was never far enough ahead of the Australian, however, and they collided at the apex.

Hamilton was out with damaged rear suspension on the spot, but Webber was able to continue, albeit with a very damaged front right tyre.

Up front Alonso had it under control to the chequered flag, despite Vettel's rapid pace, and the win means he jumps to second in the championship.

Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes finished fifth and Rubens Barrichello drove an impressive race in the Williams to finish sixth.

Robert Kubica, Adrian Sutil, Nico Hulkenberg and Felipe Massa completed the points paying positions in seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.

Andrew Papworth

Official race results

Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore; 61 laps; 309.087km

1. Alonso Ferrari 1h57:53.5792. Vettel Red Bull-Renault +0.2933. Webber Red Bull-Renault +29.1414. Button McLaren-Mercedes +30.3845. Rosberg Mercedes +49.3946. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth +56.1017. Kubica Renault +1:26.5598. Massa Ferrari +1:53.2979. Sutil Force India-Mercedes +1:52.416 (Penalty +20s)10. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth +1:52.791 (Penalty +20s)11. Petrov Renault +1 lap12. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap13. Schumacher Mercedes +1 lap14. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap15. Di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth +2 laps

Fastest lap: Alonso, 1:47.976

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27 September 2010

A good race, made all the better by the fact that noboy could come up with a good excuse for Lewis's banzai (failed)overtake, looked like the sign of an under pressure F1 driver to me, but unlike the media i'm not going to write him off just yet, there's too many variables, and my crystall ball's on the blink!, think the battery's in the Fritz!!!.

Peter Cavellini.

27 September 2010

Another self destruct move from Hamilton. Silly boy. Needs to grow up a bit I think.

To live is to drive

27 September 2010

I'm an Alonso fan and was delighted with the weekend's performance, but I certainly would not blame Hamilton for the incident with Webber. I also think Hamilton has a really good chance at winning the title; these 'experts' seem to change their predictions after every grand prix.

27 September 2010

[quote The Special One]I also think Hamilton has a really good chance at winning the title; these 'experts' seem to change their predictions after every grand prix.[/quote]

Agreed. Even when McLaren are having a "bad" race they are there or thereabouts, which is how Jenson Button manages to be within a "win" of being on top (though I believe it really is beyond him now), but Lewis Hamilton is probably going to be WDC, despite the creditable performance of Ferrari, and Fernando Alonso last two times out.

The story needs amending, with regards to the finishing order.

27 September 2010

[quote The Special One]I'm an Alonso fan and was delighted with the weekend's performance,[/quote]

Fair enough, but, really?!! Why are you fan of his? A friend of mine declared yesterday they were cheering on Alonso and I had to ask the same question! Driving ability aside, he's arrogant and petulant and I don't know why we're not all cheering on and supporting our fellow Brits?

28 September 2010

[quote Addy Go Fast]I don't know why we're not all cheering on and supporting our fellow Brits?[/quote]

Because we're not twelve anymore?

Seriously, if you ask any British F1 pilot for a list of ten reasons why they do what they do, "for Britain, Moneypenny" will probably struggle to make the top fifteen. I'm not going to be a "fan" of any professional in any sport just because we happen to share the same passport.

You describe Fernando Alonso as arrogant and petulant. I'd describe Lewis Hamilton as arrogant too, and given to petulance, as well as being an unthinking liar. Both of them though, happen to be fine racing drivers, they just come with flaws. There is much to admire and dislike in all F1 drivers, from a personality point of view, but surely their on track manner is all that is important?

The story is still wrong.

28 September 2010

[quote Addy Go Fast] I don't know why we're not all cheering on and supporting our fellow Brits?[/quote]

What's to like in british drivers nowadays anyway?

Button is a wanderer and only a very distant second to Alain Prost in his approach, and Hamilton is just someone who thinks is the best of the best and acts accordingly! That leads him to mistakes, lies, and dirty tricks.

Schumacher may have been even more unethical but you could always sense that his dirty tricks are necessary (in his mind at least) parts of a greater plan. Hamilton's plans end in overtaking the car in front of him.

I am not old enough to have seen Clark, Moss, Stewart in action but I have seen Nigel Mansel and the current Mclaren brittish duo is a joke compared to him.

Although to be fair Hamilton has the potential to become one of the greatest, Button however...

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