Tweet from @InsideFerrari: Both Felipe and Fernando are doing the usual pre-race procedures: parade laps and a couple of practice starts.
Interview with Ross Brawn: "I think tyres are going to be the big issue this evening. No one really has a good handle on how they're going to degrade because conditions are so different now compared to Friday when we ran with high fuel. It's going to be a reactive race."
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Interview with Adrian Newey: "It sounds a bit sore but the car was very good all three practices. Q1 on the prime tyres very quick, and then Q3, I don't know it just didn't happen. To be perfectly honest, we felt we could have done [Lewis's] time but it just didn't happen."
Six schoolkids are up on the podium singing the National Anthem. Who will be the next person to stand up there?
Now a minute's silence for Professor Sid Watkins.
Lovely tribute. A different atmosphere to what the minute's applause would have been.
Less than ten minutes until race time, then. Let's get you set up. Some fabulous commenting going on here: https://sidepodcast.com/dashboard
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Interview with Mark Webber: "There's going to be plenty of strategy involved, we need a nice good clean first lap. We'll see where it goes from there, whether it's a two or three stop, how the race will unfold."
Pirelli have brought the soft and supersoft this weekend, yellow and red sidewalls respectively.
The entire top ten are starting on the supersoft compound, then Hülkenberg in the 11th is the first on softs.
The formation lap gets underway with Hamilton leading the pack away. Behind them, the mechanics dash to gaps in the pitwall to clear the track for the start.
The cars do look stunning under the floodlights, the liveries really show up well. There are also several special helmets this weekend, so good luck spotting your favourite driver!
The final cars round the corner and move into their positions on the grid. We're moments away.
A great start for the front runners, as behind there are four cars abreast going into the first corner.
It looks like there's some corner cutting at the start - Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg.
Fernando Alonso has muscled his way past a Force India to move up to fifth.
Somehow, Pastor Maldonado has dropped back to fourth. It looked like he got an okay start, but has lost out to Vettel and Button.
Meanwhile, Romain Grosjean took it very easy at the start after learning from his ban, clearly!
Vitaly Petrov has lost his front wing, the Caterham driver currently last.
Heikki radio suggests that it was a coming together of the two teammates, the Finn admitting he hit Vitaly.
Petrov pits, and Felipe Massa follows him in. Unclear why at the moment.
The car looks okay, they had a puncture on the rear left, so it was red tyres off, yellow tyres on.
Race Control: Turn 1 and 2 incidents on Lap 1 under investigation.
Race Control: DRS Enabled.
Replays show that Maldonado just overdrove into the first corner after a great start, allowed the drivers through into turn 2.
Sebastian Vettel sets an early fastest lap - 1:56.187.
Grosjean's radio suggests they're not getting any telemetry, and he's given some specific instructions on what to do next.
Comment from Will^: "GRO was told to read the numbers - I'd rather he concentrated on the road"
Team radio to Massa: "We will need target lap around 16 more laps."
Race Control: Turns 1 and 2 incidents on Lap 1 - No further action.
Tweet from @MercedesAMGF1: Nico now 1.7s behind GRO. Michael is not under immediate threat from RAI but needs to look in his mirrors in DRS zone #F1 #Singapore
Felipe Massa doesn't seem able to catch Petrov, he's still sitting at the rear of the field, with 11 seconds to the Caterham.
The first driver within the 1 second DRS activation is Kimi Räikkönen, currently in 11th and hunting down Schumacher.
Tweet from @elephino_: @factbytefactbox Massa was just that far behind. Closed by 3s previous lap
Bruno Senna sneaks up the inside of Kovalainen's Caterham to move into 16th place.
The Red Bull mechanics leap into action, as Mark Webber comes in for an early stop. He's always coming in early, that Webbo!
The stop drops Webber down to 20th, behind Charles Pic, but he dispatches the Marussia easily in the DRS zone.
Replays show Sebastian Vettel cutting the chicane and a Marussia bashing into the wall.
Team radio to Senna: "Try not to use first gear, there's a problem with first gear."
Senna has a problem with first gear, despite having a new gearbox in the car!
The Red Bull mechanics are called into action once again as it is Sebastian Vettel who comes in. Soft tyres go on the car, and Vettel returns to the track in 12th, behind Pérez.
Glock hits the wall, but manages to escape without major damage - no pit stop required.
Vettel easily passes Pérez, as Bruno Senna comes in for his first stop of the day.
Fernando Alonso becomes the next driver to head into the pitlane, from fifth place he comes in for his first stop of the race.
It's a quick stop, the yellow sidewalls go on, and Alonso returns to the track 12th. Behind him, Schumacher and Ricciardo head in for their stops.
Hamilton on the radio to his team, reports a "funny feeling" about the tyres. Button is sitting 3.6 seconds behind him.
Team radio from Hamilton: "It feels like there's a problem with the right rear."
And Hamilton comes in for a super quick McLaren stop.
There are plenty of pitlanes going on, Di Resta, Rosberg, Vergne and Kovalainen all head in for stops.
Jenson Button now leads the race, with Pastor Maldonado back in the second place he started from. Both have yet to stop, of course.
Maldonado comes in for his first stop from second place.
Maldonado rejoined the action in sixth place, tucked up behind Nico Hülkenberg, who he's now pushing for position.
Jenson Button comes in from the lead, a decent stop but not as fast as Hamilton's. He rejoins in third place.
Grosjean comes in for his stop, we haven't seen it on screen but it was 5.7 seconds long - so a delayed stop there for Lotus.
Pastor Maldonado goes deep into the corner, the car jerks sideways, but he kept control to take the position Hülkenberg.
As Pastor overtook the Force India, there was a ton of brake dust flying up into the sky - we're only a little way into the race!
Nico Rosberg passed Kobayashi, but the pair touched - no damage but the Sauber lost a bit of time... and a position, of course.
There are only four drivers who haven't stopped yet, now, two HRT cars, Hülkenberg and Pérez.
Alonso is quickly on the gearbox of Hülkenberg, the Spaniard makes the pass look easy as the Force India driver puts up little resistance.
Paul di Resta is now closing up on his teammate, when will they bring Hülkenberg in for his first stop?
The differing strategies see Hülk let his teammate past, but then he dives into the pitlane anyway. Pérez also pits at the same time.
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Felipe Massa comes in for his second stop, Narain Karthikeyan for his first, which makes it that all drivers have stopped at least once.
Tweet from @TheFifthDriver: Message from race control: "No rain detected close to the circuit". Only the humidity to deal with then...
Schumacher's radio instructs him to use diff magic. He does like his magical cars.
With his new tyres on board, Nico Hülkenberg puts in the fastest lap of the race so far. 1:54.494.
Team radio from Senna: "My rear tyres are yellow."
Hamilton is busy lapping cars, he's moving through the backmarkers with Pedro de la Rosa the next in line.
And it's Felipe Massa who sets the next fastest lap. He's got a bit of pace, but is still way down the order - currently 21st.
Lewis Hamilton is slow! He's got no gears, and he pulls off track, shaking his head in despair.
Yellow flags are waved where the McLaren has stopped at turn 5.
The infamous Singapore marshals are trying to push the car, taking their time about it. Lewis has a good look at the rear, bitterly disappointed.
Team radio to Hamilton: "We have a gearbox failure. I'm really sorry about that. We did everything we could yesterday, we'll just have to look forward to the next one. Great driving up until then."
Track is clear.
Lewis walks away from a disappointing afternoon.
There's more brake dust flying out of Maldonado's car, as he's watching Fernando Alonso get rapidly closer in his mirrors.
The McLaren retirement promotes Sebastian Vettel into the lead, Button just three seconds down the road.
Senna comes in for his second stop of the day, as Timo Glock also heads in for some new tyres.
Tweet from @MyCaterhamF1: Just over a third of the way through the race. Heikki's 16th & is reporting that car balance is good while Vitaly's in 20th, going after PIC
Off the racing line has mega marbles, any car going through them is pebbled with bits of offcast rubber.
New tyres really do make a difference, as Bruno Senna sets the fastest lap - 1:53.610. For reference, the fastest lap last year was Jenson Button with 1:48.454. Long way to go yet then!
Mark Webber heads in to the pitlane for his second stop, his early strategy continues, and he returns to the track on super-softs.
Maldonado and Alonso both come into the pitlane at the same time, from 3rd and 4th. It was a slow stop for Williams, but they maintain the position.
Maldonado put on the supersoft tyres, whilst Alonso put the soft compound on.
Webber is informed that he's heading into a pack of drivers that are two-stopping, which all but confirms he is doing one extra.
Alonso is right up behind Maldonado now, desperate for the place, and the pair are also moving past backmarkers as well. This could be tricky!
Alonso pulls alongside to try and take the position, but has to give it up. He tries again going into turn 15, and is thwarted a second time.
Narain Karthiekyan has stopped at turn 18, going under the grandstand. He's bashed the wall and the tyre is hanging off.
Safety car deployed.
Räikkönen has dived into the pitlane early, Lotus anticipating the Safety Car and in the right place at the right time.
There's plenty more pitstopping going on, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button both come in from the lead.
The result of Narain's crash into the wall, the car now waiting for the marshals to extract it under safety car conditions.
Lots, lots, lots of drivers pitting now, it's all getting a bit confusing but we'll see how it is when it shakes out.
The Safety Car has picked up Vettel, but there are only three cars there as the pit stops have caused massive field spread.
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Team radio to Maldonado: "We have a hydraulic problem, we have to retire now."
Race Control: Lapped cars Petrov, De la Rosa and Pic may now overtake.
Maldonado is still circling at the moment, making his way round to the pitlane slowly so he can head straight into the garage.
The lapped cars do move past the others, it's a nervy watch as they're passing weaving cars.
Maldonado is still running, perhaps he didn't hear the message, or he's just ignoring it!
Pastor does finally come into the pitlane, he drives the car into the garage... although somehow he has ended up on Senna's side.
Team radio to Pérez: "The more the Safety Car will take, the higher the likeliness that some people will try to go to the end."
Race Control: Safety Car in this lap.
There's nothing like a Safety Car period to hit home just how long a lap at Singapore is!
Vettel weaved his tyres, braked hard and caught out Button who had to actively avoid the car in front. That must have caught him out for the restart.
Vettel leads the way, easily keeping the McLaren behind him.
Hülkenberg is defending from Webber, the Red Bull moves to the side and can't do it. Two corners later, he's got it, moving up to 6th.
Rosberg and Grosjean both make it past Sergio Pérez, who messed up and allowed them through.
Accident between Schumacher and Vergne!
Schumacher didn't seem to slow down at all, caught out by the braking of the cars in front and slammed right into the back of the Toro Rosso.
Safety car deployed.
Both drivers are off track, but there's a lot of debris on track. They climb from the car and Schumacher waits for Vergne and apologises.
Team radio to Schumacher, incredulous: "What happened there? What happened there!?"
Debris flies as Schumacher crashes into the back of Jean-Éric Vergne.
More pit lane craziness, as Hülkenberg, Webber, Pérez, Petrov and De la Rosa all come in for a stop.
Race Control: Turn 14 incident involving Schumacher and Vergne will be investigated after the race.
As Petrov pulled away from his stop, it was a clunking start, they pushed the car to get it going, but he pulled over at the end of the pitlane. The mechanics are now pushing him back.
Interview with Pastor Maldonado: "Very difficult weekend, especially the race, the conditions, very hot, degradation quite high. We were managing quite well, the first stint was quite strong. I wasn't expecting to be that competitive in the race, but in the end we had a hydraulic problem in the car, and that's it.
"The start was okay, but just the first corner, cold tyres, I run a bit wide, that's why I lost the places there. After that I was running quite well, the race pace was pretty good, decent. Confident for the next race, we have the pace to be fighting for the victories, hopefully better luck in the next one."
Race Control: Safety Car in this lap.
It looks like a wheel nut problem on Petrov's car, and the Caterham has been pushed into the garage, but is off again.
Track is clear.
The two Lotus drivers are on track together, Kimi trying to pass Grosjean, but Romain kept the place... for now!
Meanwhile, Felipe Massa is up into tenth after his terrible start. He's hustling Bruno Senna for position, both looking ragged!
Massa made a move alongside, squeezing Senna into the wall. The Williams gave him just enough but they were wobbling all over the place - just managing to avoid each other, and the walls. Somehow both terrible control and great control at the same time!
Massa has the position, up to 9th for now.
Massa seemingly heading straight into the wall, but turns it into an overtaking move!
Race Control: DRS enabled.
Massa is now chasing down Daniel Ricciardo, he seems a little less aggressive on this one so far.
Attention now turns to the remaining time of the two hour limit and the number of laps to go.
Race Control: Incident involving Massa and Senna under investigation.
Massa makes the move on Ricciardo, it was a less controversial move that time, he's up into 8th.
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Super close at the front, with Button setting the fastest lap of the race so far and closing up behind Vettel.
Team radio to Grosjean: "Kimi is quicker, do not hold him up."
Räikkönen is now up to sixth place, Grosjean behind in seventh.
|M Webber||Red Bull||293.4|
|S Vettel||Red Bull||285.6|
Webber takes a small look at Kobayashi ahead, and the Sauber locks up, cutting the gap even further.
Team radio to Webber: "Mark, we will hit the two hour limit, this is a 60 lap race at the minute."
Yellow flags as there's contact between Pérez and Hülkenberg and some carbon fibre goes flying.
Pérez was hoping to pass the Force India, but there was no room to make the move, and Hülk left him no space. Contact was inevitable.
Webber makes the pass on Kobayashi, but puts all four wheels off the track, so will it count?
Hülkenberg tried to capitalise on the move from Webber, and there was contact between him and Kobayashi. More Sauber debris flying!
Replays show Senna almost hitting the wall, grip is scarce out there!
Kobayashi and Hülkenberg both come into the pits, new front wing for the Sauber, and it's a puncture on the Force India.
Race Control: Incident involving Massa and Senna - no further action.
With the retirements, and the extra pit stops we've just seen - some of the backmarkers are making good progress. Marussia are 13th and 14th, with Glock ahead of Pic.
Race Control: Incident involving Webber and Kobayashi under investigation.
Pedro de la Rosa is up to 15th, sitting just behind Pic.
The official lap countdown has now changed to a timer instead. Just over 11 minutes left to go.
Interview with Michael Schumacher: "First of all, after the Safety Car, I braked a bit earlier than I would normally do, but the car wouldn't decelerate, so I need to investigate why that is the case. I just went straight in the brakes very hard, locked up everything... the accident wasn't avoidable anymore. I feel sorry for Jean-Éric, and for the guys and for the team, but we need to find out what happened."
|S Vettel||Red Bull||29.117|
|M Webber||Red Bull||29.304|
Webber goes round the outside of Senna to make the pass for tenth place and the final points place.
Webber's now closed up to Daniel Ricciardo, he's got just over five minutes to make another place.
Up ahead, Vettel has a comfortable five second lead over Button now - whatever challenge might have been there has been muted.
Race Control confirm that the Webber/Kobayashi incident will be investigated after the race.
The countdown clock has disappeared, so your guess is as good as mine when the end of the race is.
Senna's radio says loss of power, but he had dropped out of the points anyway.
Senna has stopped, pulling the car off track.
The clock returns with ten seconds to go.
It hits zero, so Sebastian Vettel just needs to finish this lap.
Sebastian Vettel wins the Singapore Grand Prix!
Fireworks shoot up into the sky as the race comes to an end, and Vettel whoops on the radio to his team.
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Celebrations in Singapore.
Tweet from @OfficialSF1Team: struggled over the weekend with balance and today got stuck in traffic.anyway, the team did a great job and pushed hard. #nevergiveup #F1
Great result for Paul di Resta, who just misses out on a podium place and comes in fourth. Massa also did a great job after falling way down the order at the start.
Vettel radio dedicates the victory to Sid Watkins, another fine tribute for the Prof.
Notably, with Senna's last minute retirement, Timo Glock has finished 12th - a crucial place for the team in comparison to Caterham. Pic, though, dropped back to 16th.
The drivers convene in their pre-podium green room, and all three look very hot. "I almost wiped you out at the restart" Jenson tells Vettel.
The chatter continues, with the drivers pondering how long the race is. Alonso doesn't engage much with them, though, preferring to make his own preparations for the podium.
Ole Schack is Red Bull's representative this time, and he looks just as hot and sweaty as they do!
Tweet from @alanbaldwinf1: Alonso has now passed Ayrton Senna on all time podium list. He now has 81 top three finishes, only Schumacher and Prost have more.
Thinking about it, Pic's sudden drop could be related to his post-race penalty. Before the lights went out, he was already facing a 20 second time addition.
If not, he has +20 seconds still to come, and that last lap really was just not great from the Marussia!
HRT say 20 seconds are still to be added to Pic's time, so it was just a bad lap. Oh well! Glock gets the glory again.
The champagne sprays out, Alonso directing his straight into Vettel's face - the winner, in turn, takes a lengthy sip from the enormous bottle.
The Singapore podium three.
Interview with Christian Horner: "It was a great drive from Seb today, it was unlucky for Lewis, we know how that feels. It's never nice to see but Seb was on it all evening."
Alonso keeps his championship lead, then, but it is Vettel who know looks set to really challenge for the victory. McLaren's bad luck keeps hitting them when they least need it.
Marussia have moved up to tenth place in the constructor's championship, pushing Caterham down to 11th. It only takes one surprising result and it all changes!
So that's a lengthy Singapore race over and done with. Next time, the teams head to Japan, where we'll see more attempts from anyone and everyone to catch Alonso in the standings!
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