Sebastian Vettel is now just one point away from winning his second consecutive world championship after a dominant display in Singapore. The Red Bull man was in his usual imperious form as he took the win leading virtually the whole race unchallenged. Jenson Button moves up to 2nd in the championship after finishing just 1.7 seconds behind Vettel, while Mark Webber was third. Fernando Alonso was fourth, and Lewis Hamilton was fifth after contact with Felipe Massa earlier in the race.
The German got a good start from pole, while Button took second off Webber, who broke early for Turn 1, costing Lewis Hamilton positions. Alonso made a beuatiful start yet again and was up to 3rd. Hamilton was down to eighth as both Ferrari's and both Mercedes' had made it through.
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Both pitted for repairs, but Hamilton was then handed a drive-thru' penalty for causing the collision, dropping him down as far as 19th.
Mark Webber had made a bad start, slipping into fourth, but he pounced on the rear tyre degradation of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari, who duly pitted. Most cars also pitted, apart from Paul di Resta, who was now in third. Hamilton was beginning to progress, passing Felipe Massa more successfully this time for 12th. Rubens Barrichello wasn't difficult to pass for the McLaren driver either. Rosberg, Perez and Schumacher were ahead of Hamilton. Rosberg made a slight mistake, getting onto the marbles, into the final corner, and Perez saw an oppurtunity to attack. Into Turn 1, the Mexican made a move, but contact was made and Perez was forced onto the run off.
Schumacher moved in to capitalised and chased Perez around turn five and down to Memorial corner. The Sauber driver forced him to the outside and continued to cover the position as they headed to turn eight.
Schumacher made to pass Perez down the inside but hit the Sauber, his car rearing up in the air and landing hard before crashing nose-first into the barrier. Schumacher extracted himself without injury while Perez was able to continue. The safety car was deployed while Schumacher’s car was recovered and most drivers took the opportunity to make their second pit stops.
This helped Lewis Hamilton, who was now into eighth. Vettel's lead was cut, but the traffic between him and Button helped the German. Alonso had undercut Webber at the stops, until the Australian made an oppurtunistic move into Turn 10. After a few overtakes, Hamilton was into fifth, behind Vettel, Button, Webber and Alonso.
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Vettel needs just a point now to take a second world title, a quite ridiculous stat considering his young age.