Alonso dominant in Singapore

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 by

Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber celebrate with 's Aldo Costa in Singapore

Fernando Alonso produced a flawless drive to win the Singapore Grand Prix.

His Ferrari led home the two Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber for the Spaniard’s second successive win, but McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton crashed out for the second race in a row. His teammate Jenson Button was fourth.

The result means that Alonso leaps to second in the driver’s championship, 11 points behind Webber. Hamilton, however, drops to third, nine points behind Alonso and just a single point ahead of Vettel.

With four races left and the top five drivers separated by just 25 points – the same number as awarded for a race win – it means the race for the title continues to be the closest for many years.

Lewis Hamilton failed to finish for the second race in a row, seriously denting his championship aspirations

Alonso, starting from pole position, held his lead as the race got underway, but there was soon trouble on the narrow streets of Singapore when Force India’s Vitantonio Liuzzi damaged his suspension and stopped on track, bringing out the safety car.

Webber immediately dived into the pits for a very early tyre change, hoping that as other cars in front of him pitted, he would be able to take advantage and gain positions. After the restart, Alonso and Vettel pulled away from the McLarens of Hamilton and Button, who emerged from their stops behind Webber.

A second safety car was deployed when Kamui Kobayashi and Bruno Senna collided, which bunched the field up and saw Hamilton try to pass Webber around the outside after the Australian was momentarily slowed by a backmarker. But although Hamilton edged ahead of the , he had not finished the pass by the time the pair reached the left hand corner, and Webber’s front right wheel hit the rear left of the McLaren, causing terminal damage to the Briton’s car.

Alonso led from pole position

Although the stewards investigated the incident, they decided to take no action. However, they handed 20 second penalties to Adrian Sutil for driving around the outside of the track on the opening lap. Nico Hulkenberg was handed the same punishment for cutting a corner. The punishments demote the pair to ninth and 10th places respectively.

The next race of the season is in Japan on October 10. The following race is due to be the brand new South Korean GP, but F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone has expressed some doubt that the circuit will be ready in time.

“It’s not good. It should have been inspected six weeks ago,” he told BBC Sport. “It’s a question of do we cancel the race or not? They say everything will be OK – we have to hope they’re right.”

Results
1  Fernando  Alonso // Ferrari
2  Sebastian Vettel // Red Bull-Renault
3  Mark Webber // Red Bull-Renault
4  Jenson Button // McLaren-Mercedes
5  Nico Rosberg // Mercedes
6  Rubens Barrichello // Williams-Cosworth
7  Robert Kubica // Renault
8  Felipe Massa // Ferrari
9  Adrian Sutil // Force India-Mercedes
10  Nico Hulkenberg // Williams-Cosworth
11  Vitaly Petrov // Renault
12  Jaime Alguersuari // Toro Rosso-Ferrari
13  Michael Schumacher // Mercedes
14  Sebastian Buemi // Toro Rosso-Ferrari
15  Lucas Di Grassi // Virgin-Cosworth
16  Heikki Kovalainen // Lotus-Cosworth

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