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Vettel wins Singapore Grand Prix

The German's ninth win of the season was not enough to claimed the title since Jenson Button Finished second and is still mathematically alive.
Sunday, September 25, 2011

SINGAPORE, Sept 25, 2011 (AFP) - Sebastian Vettel demonstrated his supremacy on Sunday when he won the Singapore Grand Prix to move within a point of becoming the youngest double world champion in Formula One history.

The 24-year-old German, the defending champion and runaway leader of this year's title race, drove from pole position to the chequered flag in flawless style in his Red Bull car.

He won the floodlit 61-lap night race by a controlled 1.7 seconds.Briton Jenson Button finished second in his McLaren to keep the title race just about alive with five races remaining. Australian Mark Webber in the second Red Bull finished third.

Vettel now requires just a solitary point to claim his second title in succession and can only be beaten to the title if Button wins all five of the remaining races while the German fails to score a further point.

Two-time world champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who needed to finish on the podium to keep his own challenge for the drivers' title alive, came home fourth ahead of Briton Lewis Hamilton in the second McLaren.

The Englishman produced a typically spectacular drive including five pit-stops, a collision and a charge from 16th through the field.

Another Briton, Paul Di Resta, came home sixth for Force India, his best result to date in his rookie season in Formula One, ahead of Germans Nico Rosberg in seventh for Mercedes and Adrian Sutil in the second Force India.

Felipe Massa of Ferrari, who was the victim of a collision with Hamilton in the early stages of an incident-filled contest, came home ninth.

Mexican Sergio Perez, whose collision with Michael Schumacher saw the German eliminated from the race, finished 10th.

It was Vettel's ninth win this season and the 19th of his career. His Singapore triumph in sweltering humidity was heralded by an explosion of dazzling fireworks over the brightly lit cityscape.

Vettel won in a victorious time of one hour, 59 minutes and 6.757 seconds, a time that signalled the longest and most arduous race of the year. He, Button and Webber stood still, drained and dripping with sweat on the podium at the end.

Vettel, from his 11th pole position, pulled clear with apparent ease to take control early on, leaving the rest to scrap for places in a flurry of action into Turn One, Sheares Corner.

He stretched his lead to 20 seconds by lap 30, when the race was red-flagged for the first time after Schumacher ran into the rear of Perez's Sauber car and made an airborne collision with the barriers.

This brought out the safety car and signalled a spate of pit-stops while Schumacher's wrecked Mercedes was lifted clear. The 42-year-old German was unhurt.

It gave Button a sniff at Vettel, and although he ran him close he never looked like denying the German the victory he richly deserved.

Webber, who sits fourth in the overall standings, said: "Unfortunately I've found myself having to come back through too often this year. I haven't made the starts I made last year and I have to work on that.

"Seb clearly deserved victory and well done to JB (Button) for second place. I would have loved a win, but it's a very, very challenging venue."

2011 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX RESULTS

POS.
GRID
CHG
PTS
No
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPS
TIME/RET
1
1
0
25
1
Sebastian Vettel
RBR-Renault
61
1:59:06.757
2
3
1
18
4
Jenson Button
McLaren-Mercedes
61
+1.7 secs
3
2
-1
15
2
Mark Webber
RBR-Renault
61
+29.2 secs
4
5
1
12
5
Fernando Alonso
Ferrari
61
+55.4 secs
5
4
-1
10
3
Lewis Hamilton
McLaren-Mercedes
61
+67.7 secs
6
10
4
8
15
Paul di Resta
Force India-Mercedes
61
+111.067 secs
7
7
0
6
8
Nico Rosberg
Mercedes
60
+1 Lap
8
9
1
4
14
Adrian Sutil
Force India-Mercedes
60
+1 Lap
9
6
-3
2
6
Felipe Massa
Ferrari
60
+1 Lap
10
11
1
1
17
Sergio Perez
Sauber-Ferrari
60
+1 Lap
11
13
2
12
Pastor Maldonado
Williams-Cosworth
60
+1 Lap
12
14
2
18
Sebastien Buemi
STR-Ferrari
60
+1 Lap
13
12
-1
11
Rubens Barrichello
Williams-Cosworth
60
+1 Lap
14
17
3
16
Kamui Kobayashi
Sauber-Ferrari
59
+2 Laps
15
15
0
9
Bruno Senna
Renault
59
+2 Laps
16
19
20
Heikki Kovalainen
Lotus-Renault
59
+2 Laps
17
18
10
Vitaly Petrov
Renault
59
+2 Laps
18
22
25
Jerome d'Ambrosio
Virgin-Cosworth
59
+2 Laps
19
23
22
Daniel Ricciardo
HRT-Cosworth
57
+4 Laps
20
24
23
Vitantonio Liuzzi
HRT-Cosworth
57
+4 Laps
21
16
19
Jaime Alguersuari
STR-Ferrari
56
Accident
Ret
20
21
Jarno Trulli
Lotus-Renault
47
+14 Laps
Ret
8
7
Michael Schumacher
Mercedes
28
Accident
Ret
21
24
Timo Glock
Virgin-Cosworth
9
+52 Laps

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