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Grand Prix from Singapore // Formula 1 World Championship 2012

Published by Christine Blachford

We've got Lewis Hamilton on pole position, Pastor Maldonado lined up alongside him, and a lot of determined drivers behind. This could be a fascinating race - or it might not be, as overtaking is notoriously difficult around the streets of Singapore. The lights will shine down on two hours of racing in one of the longest and hardest events of the year, and it will be up to Fernando Alonso to keep a grip on his title lead, as many try to close up the gaps in the championship fight.

As it happened: 2012 Singapore - The Race

  • 12:30

    Good morning, good afternoon, good day, welcome to the Factbyte Factbox for Sunday - it's almost time for the Singapore Grand Prix!

  • 12:31

    The pitlane is open, engines start to fire up and the drivers will begin their trek to the grid.

  • 12:32

    Lewis Hamilton starts on the front row, after taking an impressive pole position yesterday. Pastor Maldonado will be alongside him, after an even more impressive lap in the Williams!

  • 12:33

    There were two penalties for drivers this weekend, with Pedro de la Rosa taking a five place gearbox drop but he qualified last anyway. Bruno Senna also drops five places, and he'll start 22nd.

  • 12:34

    Interview with Pastor Maldonado: "It depends on the start, everything can happen at the start. I’ll be starting from the inside, we’ll see how the grip is in that place. Looking forward to a great race, as always. Try to gain the position at the start, but if we stay second, we have a long race.

    "This is one of my favourite tracks, especially because of the lack of grip, it’s very slippery. I found a good setup in the car, good balance, the front and the rear both working together. This track is fantastic for me, it’s easy to find the limit.

    "Our setup is more on the conservative side, especially compared to other teams. We really want to have a consistent race."

  • 12:35

    There's a handy 60 second roundup of the action from qualifying: https://sidepodcast.com/news/hamilton-maldonado-make-front-row-singapore-gp and you can read the full lineup here: https://sidepodcast.com/post/singapore-2012-qualifying-results

  • 12:36
    Qualifying Position
    1L HamiltonMcLaren
    2P MaldonadoWilliams
    3S VettelRed Bull
    4J ButtonMcLaren
    5F AlonsoFerrari
    6P Di RestaForce India
    7M WebberRed Bull
    8R GrosjeanLotus
    9M SchumacherMercedes
    10N RosbergMercedes
  • 12:38

    TweetTweet from @InsideFerrari: Both Felipe and Fernando are doing the usual pre-race procedures: parade laps and a couple of practice starts.

  • 12:43

    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."

  • 12:43
    Circuit Data
    Marina Bay Street Circuit
    Local timezone+08:00 GMT
    First race2008
    Number of laps61
    Circuit length5.073km
    Race distance309.316km
    Start offset0.137km
  • 12:45

    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."

  • 12:47

    Six schoolkids are up on the podium singing the National Anthem. Who will be the next person to stand up there?

  • 12:47

    Now a minute's silence for Professor Sid Watkins.

  • 12:49

    Lovely tribute. A different atmosphere to what the minute's applause would have been.

  • 12:50

    Less than ten minutes until race time, then. Let's get you set up. Some fabulous commenting going on here: https://sidepodcast.com/dashboard

  • 12:51

    Live timing: http://www.formula1.com/live_timing/live_timing.html And McLaren's data: http://www.mclaren.com/formula1

  • 12:53

    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."

  • 12:54
    2012 Race Wins
    PosDriverTotal
    1F Alonso3
    2L Hamilton3
    3J Button2
    4M Webber2
    5P Maldonado1
    6N Rosberg1
    7S Vettel1
  • 12:56

    Weather

    29°C

    Track31°C
    Humidity67%
    Wind speed2.5mps
  • 12:57

    Tyre compoundsPirelli have brought the soft and supersoft this weekend, yellow and red sidewalls respectively.

  • 12:59
    Championship Standings
    PosDriverPts
    1F Alonso179
    2L Hamilton142
    3K Räikkönen141
    4S Vettel140
    5M Webber
    132
  • 13:00

    The entire top ten are starting on the supersoft compound, then Hülkenberg in the 11th is the first on softs.

  • 13:00

    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.

  • 13:02

    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!

  • 13:03

    The final cars round the corner and move into their positions on the grid. We're moments away.

  • 13:03

    Green flagRace started.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    A great start for the front runners, as behind there are four cars abreast going into the first corner.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    It looks like there's some corner cutting at the start - Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Fernando Alonso has muscled his way past a Force India to move up to fifth.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Somehow, Pastor Maldonado has dropped back to fourth. It looked like he got an okay start, but has lost out to Vettel and Button.

  • 13:05 Lap 1

    Meanwhile, Romain Grosjean took it very easy at the start after learning from his ban, clearly!

  • 13:05 Lap 1

    Vitaly Petrov has lost his front wing, the Caterham driver currently last.

  • 13:06 Lap 2

    Heikki radio suggests that it was a coming together of the two teammates, the Finn admitting he hit Vitaly.

  • 13:06 Lap 2

    Petrov pits, and Felipe Massa follows him in. Unclear why at the moment.

  • 13:07 Lap 2

    The car looks okay, they had a puncture on the rear left, so it was red tyres off, yellow tyres on.

  • 13:07 Lap 2

    Race Control: Turn 1 and 2 incidents on Lap 1 under investigation.

  • 13:08 Lap 3

    Race Control: DRS Enabled.

  • 13:08 Lap 3
    Driver Positions
    PosDriver
    10L Hamilton
    21S Vettel
    31J Button
    4-2P Maldonado
    50
    F Alonso
  • 13:09 Lap 3

    Replays show that Maldonado just overdrove into the first corner after a great start, allowed the drivers through into turn 2.

  • 13:10 Lap 4

    Sebastian Vettel sets an early fastest lap - 1:56.187.

  • 13:10 Lap 4

    Grosjean's radio suggests they're not getting any telemetry, and he's given some specific instructions on what to do next.

  • 13:11 Lap 4

    QuoteComment from Will^: "GRO was told to read the numbers - I'd rather he concentrated on the road"

  • 13:13 Lap 5
    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stHAM1:55.777
    2ndVET+1.7
    3rdBUT+6.5
    4thMAL+8.5
    5thALO+10.8
  • 13:14 Lap 6

    RadioTeam radio to Massa: "We will need target lap around 16 more laps."

  • 13:15 Lap 6

    Race Control: Turns 1 and 2 incidents on Lap 1 - No further action.

  • 13:16 Lap 7

    TweetTweet 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

  • 13:17 Lap 7

    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.

  • 13:18 Lap 7

    The first driver within the 1 second DRS activation is Kimi Räikkönen, currently in 11th and hunting down Schumacher.

  • 13:19 Lap 8

    TweetTweet from @elephino_: @factbytefactbox Massa was just that far behind. Closed by 3s previous lap

  • 13:19 Lap 9

    Bruno Senna sneaks up the inside of Kovalainen's Caterham to move into 16th place.

  • 13:20 Lap 9

    The Red Bull mechanics leap into action, as Mark Webber comes in for an early stop. He's always coming in early, that Webbo!

  • 13:20 Lap 9

    The stop drops Webber down to 20th, behind Charles Pic, but he dispatches the Marussia easily in the DRS zone.

  • 13:21 Lap 10

    Replays show Sebastian Vettel cutting the chicane and a Marussia bashing into the wall.

  • 13:22 Lap 10

    RadioTeam radio to Senna: "Try not to use first gear, there's a problem with first gear."

  • 13:22 Lap 10

    Senna has a problem with first gear, despite having a new gearbox in the car!

  • 13:24 Lap 10

    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.

  • 13:24 Lap 11

    Glock hits the wallGlock hits the wall, but manages to escape without major damage - no pit stop required.

  • 13:24 Lap 11

    Vettel easily passes Pérez, as Bruno Senna comes in for his first stop of the day.

  • 13:25 Lap 12

    Fernando Alonso becomes the next driver to head into the pitlane, from fifth place he comes in for his first stop of the race.

  • 13:26 Lap 12

    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.

  • 13:26 Lap 12

    Hamilton on the radio to his team, reports a "funny feeling" about the tyres. Button is sitting 3.6 seconds behind him.

  • 13:27 Lap 12

    RadioTeam radio from Hamilton: "It feels like there's a problem with the right rear."

  • 13:27 Lap 13

    And Hamilton comes in for a super quick McLaren stop.

  • 13:28 Lap 13
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverL Hamilton
    TeamMcLaren
    Pit lane29.124s
    Stopped2.9s
  • 13:28 Lap 13

    There are plenty of pitlanes going on, Di Resta, Rosberg, Vergne and Kovalainen all head in for stops.

  • 13:29 Lap 13

    Jenson Button now leads the race, with Pastor Maldonado back in the second place he started from. Both have yet to stop, of course.

  • 13:29 Lap 14

    Maldonado comes in for his first stop from second place.

  • 13:30 Lap 14
    One to Watch
    Di Restavs.Webber
    10th+0.6s11th
  • 13:31 Lap 14

    Maldonado rejoined the action in sixth place, tucked up behind Nico Hülkenberg, who he's now pushing for position.

  • 13:31 Lap 15

    Jenson Button comes in from the lead, a decent stop but not as fast as Hamilton's. He rejoins in third place.

  • 13:32 Lap 15

    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.

  • 13:32 Lap 15
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverR Grosjean
    TeamLotus
    Pit lane32.080s
    Stopped5.7s
  • 13:33 Lap 15

    Pastor Maldonado goes deep into the corner, the car jerks sideways, but he kept control to take the position Hülkenberg.

  • 13:34 Lap 16

    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!

  • 13:34 Lap 16

    Nico Rosberg passed Kobayashi, but the pair touched - no damage but the Sauber lost a bit of time... and a position, of course.

  • 13:35 Lap 16

    There are only four drivers who haven't stopped yet, now, two HRT cars, Hülkenberg and Pérez.

  • 13:37 Lap 17

    Alonso is quickly on the gearbox of Hülkenberg, the Spaniard makes the pass look easy as the Force India driver puts up little resistance.

  • 13:38 Lap 18

    Paul di Resta is now closing up on his teammate, when will they bring Hülkenberg in for his first stop?

  • 13:40 Lap 19

    The differing strategies see Hülk let his teammate past, but then he dives into the pitlane anyway. Pérez also pits at the same time.

  • 13:42 Lap 20
    Driver Positions
    PosDriverStops
    10L Hamilton1
    21S Vettel1
    31J Button1
    4-2P Maldonado1
    50F Alonso1
    60P Di Resta1
    70M Webber1
    82N Rosberg1
    9-1R Grosjean1
    10-1
    M Schumacher1
  • 13:43 Lap 20

    Felipe Massa comes in for his second stop, Narain Karthikeyan for his first, which makes it that all drivers have stopped at least once.

  • 13:43 Lap 21

    TweetTweet from @TheFifthDriver: Message from race control: "No rain detected close to the circuit". Only the humidity to deal with then...

  • 13:44 Lap 21

    Schumacher's radio instructs him to use diff magic. He does like his magical cars.

  • 13:45 Lap 21

    With his new tyres on board, Nico Hülkenberg puts in the fastest lap of the race so far. 1:54.494.

  • 13:45 Lap 22

    RadioTeam radio from Senna: "My rear tyres are yellow."

  • 13:46 Lap 22

    Hamilton is busy lapping cars, he's moving through the backmarkers with Pedro de la Rosa the next in line.

  • 13:47 Lap 22

    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.

  • 13:48 Lap 23

    Lewis Hamilton is slow! He's got no gears, and he pulls off track, shaking his head in despair.

  • 13:48 Lap 23

    Yellow flagYellow flags are waved where the McLaren has stopped at turn 5.

  • 13:49 Lap 23

    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.

  • 13:50 Lap 24

    RadioTeam 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."

  • 13:50 Lap 24

    Green flagTrack is clear.

  • 13:50 Lap 24

    Lewis walks awayLewis walks away from a disappointing afternoon.

  • 13:51 Lap 25

    There's more brake dust flying out of Maldonado's car, as he's watching Fernando Alonso get rapidly closer in his mirrors.

  • 13:53 Lap 25

    The McLaren retirement promotes Sebastian Vettel into the lead, Button just three seconds down the road.

  • 13:54 Lap 26
    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stVET1:56.067
    2ndBUT+3.4
    3rdMAL+6.0
    4thALO+8.0
    5thDIR+18.2
  • 13:54 Lap 26

    Senna comes in for his second stop of the day, as Timo Glock also heads in for some new tyres.

  • 13:55 Lap 27

    TweetTweet 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

  • 13:56 Lap 27

    Off the racing line has mega marbles, any car going through them is pebbled with bits of offcast rubber.

  • 13:59 Lap 29

    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!

  • 13:59 Lap 29

    Mark Webber heads in to the pitlane for his second stop, his early strategy continues, and he returns to the track on super-softs.

  • 14:01 Lap 30

    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.

  • 14:01 Lap 30

    Maldonado put on the supersoft tyres, whilst Alonso put the soft compound on.

  • 14:03 Lap 31
    Top Speeds
    Sector 1RAI304kph
    Sector 2PER267kph
    Sector 3SEN236kph
    Speed trapVET285kph
  • 14:03 Lap 31

    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.

  • 14:04 Lap 31

    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!

  • 14:06 Lap 33

    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.

  • 14:07 Lap 33

    Yellow flagYellow flags.

  • 14:07 Lap 33

    Narain Karthiekyan has stopped at turn 18, going under the grandstand. He's bashed the wall and the tyre is hanging off.

  • 14:07 Lap 33

    SC BoardSafety car deployed.

  • 14:08 Lap 33

    Räikkönen has dived into the pitlane early, Lotus anticipating the Safety Car and in the right place at the right time.

  • 14:08 Lap 34

    There's plenty more pitstopping going on, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button both come in from the lead.

  • 14:09 Lap 34

    Narain's crashThe result of Narain's crash into the wall, the car now waiting for the marshals to extract it under safety car conditions.

  • 14:09 Lap 34

    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.

  • 14:11 Lap 34

    The Safety Car has picked up Vettel, but there are only three cars there as the pit stops have caused massive field spread.

  • 14:13 Lap 34
    Driver Positions
    PosDriverStops
    12S Vettel
    2
    22J Button2
    32F Alonso2
    42P Di Resta2
    56N Hülkenberg1
    61M Webber2
    77S Pérez1
    82N Rosberg2
    9-1R Grosjean2
    10-8
    P Maldonado3
  • 14:13 Lap 35

    RadioTeam radio to Maldonado: "We have a hydraulic problem, we have to retire now."

  • 14:14 Lap 35

    Race Control: Lapped cars Petrov, De la Rosa and Pic may now overtake.

  • 14:14 Lap 35

    Maldonado is still circling at the moment, making his way round to the pitlane slowly so he can head straight into the garage.

  • 14:15 Lap 36

    The lapped cars do move past the others, it's a nervy watch as they're passing weaving cars.

  • 14:16 Lap 36

    Maldonado is still running, perhaps he didn't hear the message, or he's just ignoring it!

  • 14:18 Lap 37

    Pastor does finally come into the pitlane, he drives the car into the garage... although somehow he has ended up on Senna's side.

  • 14:19 Lap 37

    RadioTeam radio to Pérez: "The more the Safety Car will take, the higher the likeliness that some people will try to go to the end."

  • 14:20 Lap 38

    Race Control: Safety Car in this lap.

  • 14:22 Lap 38

    There's nothing like a Safety Car period to hit home just how long a lap at Singapore is!

  • 14:22 Lap 38

    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.

  • 14:23 Lap 39

    Vettel leads the way, easily keeping the McLaren behind him.

  • 14:23 Lap 39

    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.

  • 14:24 Lap 39

    Rosberg and Grosjean both make it past Sergio Pérez, who messed up and allowed them through.

  • 14:24 Lap 39

    CrashAccident between Schumacher and Vergne!

  • 14:24 Lap 40

    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.

  • 14:24 Lap 40

    Yellow flagYellow flag.

  • 14:25 Lap 40

    SC BoardSafety car deployed.

  • 14:26 Lap 40

    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.

  • 14:26 Lap 40

    RadioTeam radio to Schumacher, incredulous: "What happened there? What happened there!?"

  • 14:27 Lap 41

    Debris everywhereDebris flies as Schumacher crashes into the back of Jean-Éric Vergne.

  • 14:27 Lap 41

    More pit lane craziness, as Hülkenberg, Webber, Pérez, Petrov and De la Rosa all come in for a stop.

  • 14:28 Lap 41

    Race Control: Turn 14 incident involving Schumacher and Vergne will be investigated after the race.

  • 14:28 Lap 41

    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.

  • 14:30 Lap 42

    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."

  • 14:30 Lap 42

    Race Control: Safety Car in this lap.

  • 14:31 Lap 42

    It looks like a wheel nut problem on Petrov's car, and the Caterham has been pushed into the garage, but is off again.

  • 14:32 Lap 42

    Green flagTrack is clear.

  • 14:33 Lap 43

    The two Lotus drivers are on track together, Kimi trying to pass Grosjean, but Romain kept the place... for now!

  • 14:33 Lap 43

    Meanwhile, Felipe Massa is up into tenth after his terrible start. He's hustling Bruno Senna for position, both looking ragged!

  • 14:34 Lap 43

    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!

  • 14:35 Lap 44

    Massa has the position, up to 9th for now.

  • 14:35 Lap 44

    Massa wobblingMassa seemingly heading straight into the wall, but turns it into an overtaking move!

  • 14:36 Lap 45

    Race Control: DRS enabled.

  • 14:37 Lap 45

    Massa is now chasing down Daniel Ricciardo, he seems a little less aggressive on this one so far.

  • 14:37 Lap 45

    Attention now turns to the remaining time of the two hour limit and the number of laps to go.

  • 14:38 Lap 46

    Race Control: Incident involving Massa and Senna under investigation.

  • 14:39 Lap 46

    Massa makes the move on Ricciardo, it was a less controversial move that time, he's up into 8th.

  • 14:40 Lap 47
    Driver Positions
    PosDriverStops
    12S Vettel
    2
    22J Button2
    32F Alonso2
    42P Di Resta2
    55N Rosberg2
    62R Grosjean2
    75K Räikkönen2
    87F Massa2
    94D Ricciardo3
    1012
    B Senna3
  • 14:40 Lap 47
    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stVET1:53.129
    2ndBUT+1.8
    3rdALO+6.9
    4thDIR+8.2
    5thROS+11.1
  • 14:40 Lap 47

    Super close at the front, with Button setting the fastest lap of the race so far and closing up behind Vettel.

  • 14:42 Lap 48

    RadioTeam radio to Grosjean: "Kimi is quicker, do not hold him up."

  • 14:42 Lap 48

    Räikkönen is now up to sixth place, Grosjean behind in seventh.

  • 14:42 Lap 48
    Speed Trap
    DriverTeamSpeed (km/h)
    M WebberRed Bull
    293.4
    K Räikkönen
    Lotus289.6
    S Vettel
    Red Bull285.6
    N Rosberg
    Mercedes285.6
  • 14:43 Lap 48

    Webber takes a small look at Kobayashi ahead, and the Sauber locks up, cutting the gap even further.

  • 14:45 Lap 49

    RadioTeam radio to Webber: "Mark, we will hit the two hour limit, this is a 60 lap race at the minute."

  • 14:45 Lap 50

    Yellow flagYellow flags as there's contact between Pérez and Hülkenberg and some carbon fibre goes flying.

  • 14:46 Lap 50

    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.

  • 14:47 Lap 50

    Webber makes the pass on Kobayashi, but puts all four wheels off the track, so will it count?

  • 14:47 Lap 50

    Hülkenberg tried to capitalise on the move from Webber, and there was contact between him and Kobayashi. More Sauber debris flying!

  • 14:48 Lap 51

    Replays show Senna almost hitting the wall, grip is scarce out there!

  • 14:48 Lap 51

    Kobayashi and Hülkenberg both come into the pits, new front wing for the Sauber, and it's a puncture on the Force India.

  • 14:49 Lap 51

    Race Control: Incident involving Massa and Senna - no further action.

  • 14:50 Lap 52

    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.

  • 14:50 Lap 52

    Race Control: Incident involving Webber and Kobayashi under investigation.

  • 14:51 Lap 52

    Pedro de la Rosa is up to 15th, sitting just behind Pic.

  • 14:52 Lap 53

    The official lap countdown has now changed to a timer instead. Just over 11 minutes left to go.

  • 14:54 Lap 54

    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."

  • 14:54 Lap 54
    Fastest Pit Times
    S VettelRed Bull29.117
    L HamiltonMcLaren
    29.124
    F AlonsoFerrari
    29.190
    M WebberRed Bull
    29.304
    V Petrov
    Caterham
    29.348
  • 14:56 Lap 55

    Webber goes round the outside of Senna to make the pass for tenth place and the final points place.

  • 14:58 Lap 56

    Webber's now closed up to Daniel Ricciardo, he's got just over five minutes to make another place.

  • 14:58 Lap 56

    Up ahead, Vettel has a comfortable five second lead over Button now - whatever challenge might have been there has been muted.

  • 15:00 Lap 58

    Race Control confirm that the Webber/Kobayashi incident will be investigated after the race.

  • 15:02 Lap 58

    The countdown clock has disappeared, so your guess is as good as mine when the end of the race is.

  • 15:02 Lap 59

    Senna's radio says loss of power, but he had dropped out of the points anyway.

  • 15:03 Lap 59

    Senna has stopped, pulling the car off track.

  • 15:03 Lap 59

    The clock returns with ten seconds to go.

  • 15:04 Lap 59

    It hits zero, so Sebastian Vettel just needs to finish this lap.

  • 15:04

    Chequered flagSebastian Vettel wins the Singapore Grand Prix!

  • 15:05
    Race Winner
    DriverSebastian Vettel
    TeamRed Bull
    Race time2:00:26.144
    Race distance299.170km
    Average speed149.043km/h
  • 15:05

    Fireworks shoot up into the sky as the race comes to an end, and Vettel whoops on the radio to his team.

  • 15:06
    Driver Positions
    PosDriverStops
    12S Vettel
    2
    22J Button2
    32F Alonso2
    42P Di Resta2
    55N Rosberg2
    66K Räikkönen
    2
    71R Grosjean2
    85F Massa3
    96D Ricciardo2
    10-3
    M Webber3
  • 15:07

    Celebrations in SingaporeCelebrations in Singapore.

  • 15:07
    Final Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stVET1:54.092
    2ndBUT+8.9
    3rdALO+15.2
    4thDIR+19.0
    5thROS+34.7
  • 15:08

    TweetTweet 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

  • 15:08

    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.

  • 15:08

    Vettel radio dedicates the victory to Sid Watkins, another fine tribute for the Prof.

  • 15:09

    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.

  • 15:11

    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.

  • 15:12

    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.

  • 15:12

    Ole Schack is Red Bull's representative this time, and he looks just as hot and sweaty as they do!

  • 15:13

    TweetTweet 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.

  • 15:13

    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.

  • 15:14

    If not, he has +20 seconds still to come, and that last lap really was just not great from the Marussia!

  • 15:15

    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.

  • 15:17

    The champagne sprays out, Alonso directing his straight into Vettel's face - the winner, in turn, takes a lengthy sip from the enormous bottle.

  • 15:17

    Singapore podiumThe Singapore podium three.

  • 15:18
    Championship Standings
    PosDriverPts
    1F Alonso194
    2S Vettel165
    3K Räikkönen149
    4L Hamilton142
    5M Webber133
  • 15:19
    Championship Standings
    PosDriverPts
    1Red Bull298
    2McLaren261
    3Ferrari245
    4Lotus231
    5Mercedes136
  • 15:22

    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."

  • 15:24

    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.

  • 15:27

    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!

  • 15:29

    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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We've got Lewis Hamilton on pole position, Pastor Maldonado lined up alongside him, and a lot of determined drivers behind. This could be a fascinating race - or it might not be, as overtaking is notoriously difficult around the streets of Singapore. The lights will shine down on two hours of racing in one of the longest and hardest events of the year, and it will be up to Fernando Alonso to keep a grip on his title lead, as many try to close up the gaps in the championship fight.
Marussia F1 Team

Event start

13:00GMT +01:00

23 September 2012