Vettel win puts him on edge of second title

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Monday 26th September, 2011 - 12:01am

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Sebastian Vettel leads the field at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel leads the field at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel is just one point away from securing the 2011 Formula One world title after scoring another win this evening at the Singapore Grand Prix.

After a gruelling two hour race around the steamy Marina Bay street track, the German finished ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button and the second Red Bull of Mark Webber.

Button’s second place means that the Brit is the only driver capable of toppling Vettel for this year’s title.

Vettel only needs to score one point to wrap up his second F1 title with five races remaining.

After making a fast getaway, Vettel controlled the race from the front of the pack, only coming under threat when a Safety Car appeared for a clash between Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) and Sergio Perez (Sauber). Schumacher hit the wall hard but emerged unharmed.

Button’s fourth podium in-a-row came in a similar fashion to Vettel’s win. He grabbed second from a slow-starting Webber and maintained that place for the entire race.

Webber’s slow start forced him to come through the field – and not for the first time this season. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) made Webber work hard for his podium. Superior race strategy from Alonso’s saw Webber have to pass the Spaniard twice on track. In the end, Webber got past on the restart lap at Turn 10 in a brave move.

Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) had an eventful race. Following on from his qualifying incident with Felipe Massa (Ferrari), the rivals clashed again, with Hamilton copping front wing damage and a drive-through penalty, while Massa suffered a puncture.

Hamilton dropped to as low as 15th but raced back through the pack to take fifth.

Scotsman Paul di Resta (Force India) scored a career-best F1 finish with sixth place ahead of Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Adrian Sutil (Force India) a recovering Massa and Perez.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished an uneventful 19th in his HRT F1 entry, four laps off the lead and ahead of his team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi.

The next round of the F1 World Championship will be held at Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Result; Singapore Grand prix.

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 61 Winner 1 25
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 61 +1.7 secs 3 18
3 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 61 +29.2 secs 2 15
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 61 +55.4 secs 5 12
5 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 61 +67.7 secs 4 10
6 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 61 + secs 10 8
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 60 +1 Lap 7 6
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 60 +1 Lap 9 4
9 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 60 +1 Lap 6 2
10 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 60 +1 Lap 11 1
11 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 60 +1 Lap 13
12 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 60 +1 Lap 14
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 60 +1 Lap 12
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 59 +2 Laps 17
15 9 Bruno Senna Renault 59 +2 Laps 15
16 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 59 +2 Laps 19
17 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 59 +2 Laps 18
18 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 59 +2 Laps 22
19 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 57 +4 Laps 23
20 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 57 +4 Laps 24
21 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 56 Accident 16
Ret 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 47 +14 Laps 20
Ret 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 28 Accident 8
Ret 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 9 +52 Laps 21

Championship position

Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel German RBR-Renault 309
2 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 185
3 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 184
4 Mark Webber Australian RBR-Renault 182
5 Lewis Hamilton British McLaren-Mercedes 168
6 Felipe Massa Brazilian Ferrari 84
7 Nico Rosberg German Mercedes 62
8 Michael Schumacher German Mercedes 52
9 Vitaly Petrov Russian Renault 34
10 Nick Heidfeld German Renault 34
11 Adrian Sutil German Force India-Mercedes 28
12 Kamui Kobayashi Japanese Sauber-Ferrari 27
13 Paul di Resta British Force India-Mercedes 20
14 Jaime Alguersuari Spanish STR-Ferrari 16
15 Sebastien Buemi Swiss STR-Ferrari 13
16 Sergio Perez Mexican Sauber-Ferrari 9
17 Rubens Barrichello Brazilian Williams-Cosworth 4
18 Bruno Senna Brazilian Renault 2
19 Pastor Maldonado Venezuelan Williams-Cosworth 1
20 Pedro de la Rosa Spanish Sauber-Ferrari 0
21 Jarno Trulli Italian Lotus-Renault 0
22 Heikki Kovalainen Finnish Lotus-Renault 0
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi Italian HRT-Cosworth 0
24 Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgian Virgin-Cosworth 0
25 Timo Glock German Virgin-Cosworth 0
26 Narain Karthikeyan Indian HRT-Cosworth 0
27 Daniel Ricciardo Australian HRT-Cosworth 0
28 Karun Chandhok Indian Lotus-Renault 0

Check out the Foxsports News report on the race

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