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Singapore 2010 - Race highlights - Five drivers remain in contention for this year's F1 championship

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Fernando lead every lap lap in Singapore
Credit: Bridgestone Motorsport

Under the lights of Singapore, Fernando Alonso took his second win in a row, but it wasn't completely straightforward - even for his lights to flag victory. There were several safety car periods, and nine retirements. One of them was even a car on fire. Strategy came in to play as drivers had to figure out when it was best to take their pit stop to try and minimise the effect of any Safety Car action, and it was Ferrari who took the chequered flag.

We started the race with five drivers in real contention for the title, and despite one win, and one retirement, we are still in the same position. It's getting closer and closer at the top, and this race played it's part.

Here's how it all played out lap by lap.

As it happened: 2010 Singapore - The Race

  • 12:30

    Hello one and all. Are you ready for the Singapore Grand Prix? I know I am!

  • 12:31

    Let's get the lovely admin out of the way first. You've heard about our dashboard by now, I'm sure. It's an excellent place to live comment the race with us.

  • 12:32

    Otherwise you can stick to the regular thread:

  • 12:32

    There's also a poll on that page - have your say on how far you think Massa can make it through the field. We'll have a look at the results just before the race begins.

  • 12:34

    We are following the BBC online, and live text updates from Autosport: &

  • 12:35

    Ferrari had a mixed day yesterday with Alonso on poll and Massa right at the very back of the grid. They have opted to swap out his engine for the 9th one, minimising the penalty.

  • 12:36

    You can view the full qualifying results, and therefore the grid, here:

  • 12:36

    Hulkenberg qualified 12th, but takes a five place grid penalty for changing the gearbox. He was not impressed post-qualifying yesterday, slamming his helmet down in frustration.

  • 12:37

    In weather news, it looks as though the sun has been shining all day, and the track will be dry for once.

  • 12:37

    Brief sunshineRenault capture a bit of sun before night falls.

  • 12:38

    TweetTweet from @H_Kovalainen: All ready for the race, lots of fans in grand stands already during the drivers parade. No rain risk so should be straight forward. #fb

  • 12:39

    The cars are lining up on the grid now, making last minute tweaks and setup decisions.

  • 12:41

    Interview with Vettel: "I think we've done a bit of homework and I'm quite confident we'll have a good start... Ideally we'll get Fernando at the start, we're not on the clean side but they've done a good job removing the dust. It's one of the most difficult races for the drivers, a long lap, lot of corners. Physically not that demanding but the conditions make it tough. There is no room for mistakes."

  • 12:45

    Interview with Ron Dennis: "Gonna be a great race, don't know who's going to win it, hope it's us... I'll be surprised if we're not second into the first corner. A lot of people with brake problems, but not us."

  • 12:47

    Interview with Barrichello: "Good qualifying, the upgrades work on the car. Bringing the car round here with lots of fuel still feels good. I have the best seat... Better than sixth, I will be satisfied."

  • 12:49

    Interview with Rosberg: "I think we should have done a bit better yesterday. We should have been ahead of the Williams, I'll try to get him at the start as we're on the clean side... The soft tyres will be difficult."

  • 12:50

    A lot of drivers appear to be expressing concern the race will push the two hour limit, particularly if there's a Safety Car or two.

  • 12:51
    Circuit Data
    Local Timezone+0800 GMT
    First Race2008
    Total Grand Prix2
    Number of Laps61
    Circuit Length5.073km
    Race Distance309.316km
  • 12:51

    This is how the championship stands ahead of the race. These guys occupy the top five grid slots as well. It's close at the top.

    Championship Standings
  • 12:52

    I've closed the poll and the majority of voters think Massa will finish in the points - a few think he may retire, and one very optimistic voter thinks he'll end up on the podium.

  • 12:53

    TweetTweet from @NobleF1: Quite a neat trick on the Red Bulls here - they have lit up their wheel hubs with small bulbs to help the pit stop boys

  • 12:55

    TweetTweet from @autosportlive: The problem affecting Jaime Alguersuari's Toro Rosso is cooling related. In Singapore's extreme heat, he could be in for a very early bath.

  • 12:56

    The Toro Rosso driver will be starting from the pitlane.

  • 12:56



    Wind Speed1.1mps
  • 13:00

    Alonso on the gridAlonso leads the pack away on the formation lap.

  • 13:03 Lap 1

    Green flagThey are go, go, go. The Singapore Grand Prix begins.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Alonso keeps his position around the first corner.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    It looks like a mostly clean start for all.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Barrichello has lost a couple of places on the start, Kubica has moved up.

  • 13:05 Lap 1

    Yellow flagYellow flags shown at two places on track.

  • 13:05 Lap 1

    Nick Heidfeld has some damage at the front, although it's not clear what happened yet.

  • 13:06 Lap 1

    Massa pits for a change of tyres - it's a sensible decision, particularly if a safety car is called.

  • 13:06 Lap 2

    Heidfeld pits for a new front wing.

  • 13:06 Lap 2

    It's a long old pit stop for Sauber.

  • 13:07 Lap 2

    Liuzzi is also broken, he's pulled to a halt on track.

  • 13:08 Lap 3

    SC BoardSafety car deployed.

  • 13:09 Lap 3

    Heidfeld has returned to the pitlane.

  • 13:10 Lap 4

    Webber pits, Petrov, Hulkenberg, Buemi, Sutil, Trulli... quite a lot of people, actually.

  • 13:12 Lap 5

    Liuzzi's collision.

  • 13:14 Lap 5

    Safety Car to come in this lap.

  • 13:14 Lap 5

    RadioTeam radio to Webber: This might be frustrating for a while, but this could be good for us.

  • 13:14 Lap 5

    He's currently sitting in 11th.

  • 13:15 Lap 6

    Safety Car is in, Alonso makes a good start again.

  • 13:16 Lap 6

    Massa is up to 15th for now.

  • 13:16 Lap 6

    Trulli has a left rear puncture, making his way slowly back to the pitlane.

  • 13:17 Lap 7

    Webber has already passed Glock, and this time manages to pass Kobayashi with a clear speed advantage.

  • 13:19 Lap 8

    Hulk and PetrovHulkenberg and Petrov have a brief coming together.

  • 13:21 Lap 8

    RadioTeam radio between Hulk and engineer: "Sliding all over." "Copy. It's the same for everyone, it's just a matter of seeing it to the end. Good job."

  • 13:21 Lap 8

    The hard tyres are pretty tricky, it seems.

  • 13:23 Lap 10

    Glock is up in 11th at the moment, a really high position for the Virgin Racing car, but of course he has not pitted yet.

  • 13:25 Lap 11

    RadioTeam radio to Vettel: "Sebastian, try to cool the brakes a little."

  • 13:25 Lap 11

    Webber has passed Schumacher, he's now up to 8th. Barrichello is next.

  • 13:28 Lap 12

    The top three are just starting to pull out a gap on Button.

    Battle For The Lead
  • 13:29 Lap 13

    TweetTweet from @InsideFerrari: Fernando is pushing hard to open the gap on Vettel and on Webber who has already pitted

  • 13:32 Lap 15

    Glock is doing a pretty good job holding up a few cars behind him - Sutil, Hulk and then Massa.

  • 13:33 Lap 15

    Heidfeld overtakes Di Grassi for 19th place - trying to make his way back up the field again.

  • 13:34 Lap 15

    Sutil gets past Glock, and will be glad to move ahead of the Virgin car - he is two seconds a lap slower than those in front.

  • 13:35 Lap 16

    Hulkenberg and Massa also make it past.

  • 13:36 Lap 17

    Glock on the kerbAh, it was a kerb shaped problem that has ended Glock's reign in the mid-field.

  • 13:37 Lap 17

    Race control confirm they're looking into the incident between Heidfeld and Liuzzi.

  • 13:38 Lap 18
    Inter-Team Battle
  • 13:39 Lap 19

    TweetTweet from @VirginRacing: Timo reporting tru not moving over. We've informed charlie

  • 13:40 Lap 19

    RadioTeam radio to Alonso: "We are by far the fastest car on the track, we keep going, there is no risk with the safety car at the moment."

  • 13:41 Lap 19

    Presumably he's talking risk as in strategy, as opposed to the possibility of a Safety Car appearing, otherwise he's got a crystal ball somewhere we need to know about.

  • 13:45 Lap 22
    Top Speed
    Sector 1Sutil297kph
    Sector 2Kubica263kph
    Sector 3Webber240kph
    Speed TrapHulkenberg284kph
  • 13:46 Lap 22
    One to Watch
  • 13:47 Lap 23

    Webber makes a bit of a mistake, inches away from the barriers, but saves it.

  • 13:49 Lap 24

    RadioTeam radio to Hamilton: "Lewis, we need to find three tenths, to half a second. See if you can find three tenths."

  • 13:49 Lap 24

    Both Hamilton and Webber have essentially been told they are battling each other, despite being five positions apart at the moment.

  • 13:50 Lap 24

    Trulli is reporting hydraulic issues.

  • 13:50 Lap 25

    TweetTweet from @sschaumloeffel: Noooooooo stupid stupid stupid hydraulics

  • 13:54 Lap 27

    Alonso is coming up on backmarkers now, Trulli is within his sights.

  • 13:55 Lap 27

    Aaaand he's past.

  • 13:56 Lap 28
    One to Watch
  • 13:56 Lap 28

    TweetTweet from @tonyfernandes: jarno has to retire. what ashame. no luck and poor hydraulica

  • 13:57 Lap 28

    Trulli returns to the pitlane, race over.

  • 13:57 Lap 28

    TweetTweet from @tonyfernandes: we try to recharge . never give up

  • 13:57 Lap 28

    Perhaps I spoke too soon.

  • 13:58 Lap 29

    Hamilton pits.

  • 13:59 Lap 29

    He rejoins the field behind Webber, the Red Bull strategy worked!

  • 14:00 Lap 30

    Alonso and Vettel both pit at the same time

  • 14:00 Lap 30

    TweetTweet from @tonyfernandes: jarno going back out. nice call tony hahahaha

  • 14:01 Lap 30

    Button pits and rejoins in 8th.

  • 14:02 Lap 30

    Vettel had a bit of a jumpy getaway from the pit box, so Alonso kept the lead easily.

  • 14:03 Lap 31

    Rosberg pits from 4th and Schumacher dives into the pitlane after him.

  • 14:04 Lap 32

    Replays show that Kobayashi and Schumacher came together, batting Schumi into the wall. That explains why after his pitstop, he is down in 15th.

  • 14:04 Lap 32

    Vettel has closed up to Alonso as they come across traffic.

  • 14:05 Lap 32

    SC BoardSafety car deployed.

  • 14:05 Lap 32

    Two cars in the wall.

  • 14:06 Lap 33

    CrashReplays show Kobayashi smashed into the wall, and Senna ran into him. Luckily everyone else managed to avoid them.

  • 14:07 Lap 33

    Senna and Kobayashi crashSenna and Kobayashi climb out of their cars.

  • 14:08 Lap 33

    Lots more pit stops under the Safety Car - Kubica, Rubens, Buemi and Klien at least.

  • 14:08 Lap 33

    Hamilton reports a problem with his drinks button.

  • 14:09 Lap 34

    Klien is climbing out of the car, the HRT is pushed back into the garage.

  • 14:10 Lap 34
  • 14:13 Lap 35

    Safety Car in this lap.

  • 14:14 Lap 36

    The Safety Car is in. Alonso makes his third good start of the race.

  • 14:15 Lap 36

    Di Grassi is right in the way of Webber, which allows Hamilton to close up and pass. The pair touch.

  • 14:15 Lap 36

    Hamilton has stopped!

  • 14:16 Lap 37

    Webber is still going but his car looks scrappy, and he almost touches the wall.

  • 14:16 Lap 37

    RadioTeam radio to Webber: "Front wing looks fine. Stay out."

  • 14:17 Lap 37

    The incident between them will be investigated.

  • 14:17 Lap 37

    Replays show Hamilton got past easily but Webber was up the inside on the following corner, and that's where they came together.

  • 14:18 Lap 38

    CrashAccident between Schumacher and Heidfeld. The Sauber sits stricken against the wall.

  • 14:18 Lap 38

    Schumacher pits for a new front wing.

  • 14:19 Lap 38

    Massa has made it up to tenth and into the points. So far so good for everyone who picked that option in the poll.

  • 14:21 Lap 39
    Championship Standings
  • 14:22 Lap 40

    That's Live Championship Standings, obviously. The race isn't over till it's over.

  • 14:23 Lap 41

    Also worth knowing who is where, I suppose!

    Driver Positions
    2VettelRed Bull
    3WebberRed Bull
  • 14:24 Lap 41

    The incident between Schumacher and Heidfeld will also be investigated. It's going to be a long evening for the stewards!

  • 14:28 Lap 43
    Fastest Laps
  • 14:33 Lap 46

    Kubica pits from 6th.

  • 14:33 Lap 46

    This is his second stop, seems a bit odd. They're changing his front tyres, and he's off again.

  • 14:34 Lap 46

    Vettel is just nine tenths behind Alonso, then there's a big gap to Webber, about 11 seconds behind.

  • 14:34 Lap 47

    TweetTweet from @autosportlive: So we have eighth to 13th all within one second of each other. Interestingly, Kovalainen is 14th and only 12 seconds behind this scrap.

  • 14:35 Lap 47

    In that case, I need to update my earlier table:

    Inter-Team Battle
  • 14:36 Lap 48

    Race control confirm no action on the incident with Webber and Hamilton.

  • 14:36 Lap 48

    With so many retirements, my backmarker watch is rather small.

    Lapped Cars
    DriverLaps Down
    Di Grassi2
  • 14:38 Lap 49

    Looks like Kubica had a puncture and that's why he had to make that second stop.

  • 14:38 Lap 49

    Hamilton retiresNot a happy Hamilton, but helmet off at least.

  • 14:40 Lap 50
    One to Watch
  • 14:43 Lap 51
    Battle For 3rd
  • 14:43 Lap 52

    TweetTweet from @VirginRacing: MSC catching KOV at a fair rate of knots. We are just clearing the garage and retiring timo :-(

  • 14:44 Lap 52

    Race control confirm no action on the Schumacher incident either.

  • 14:44 Lap 52

    Kubica passes Buemi and sets his sights on his teammate. That's a shame, I was quite enjoying the Renault sandwich.

  • 14:46 Lap 53

    RadioTeam radio to Webber: "Jenson has been told to keep pushing all the way to the end."

  • 14:46 Lap 53

    Two seconds separate Webber and Button at the moment.

  • 14:47 Lap 54

    Kubica easily gets past the other yellow car. Another table.

    Inter-Team Battle
  • 14:48 Lap 54

    RadioTeam radio to Kubica: "Massa's tyres are 50 laps old. Let's have a go at him."

    And he did! Up to 9th. I'm not doing any more Renault tables though.

  • 14:49 Lap 55
    Most Pitstops
    Di Grassi2
  • 14:49 Lap 55

    Kubica passes Hulkenberg. The man is on a charge!

  • 14:50 Lap 55

    Sutil should be getting a bit nervous as a yellow car appears in his mirrors.

  • 14:50 Lap 55

    Six laps to go, and ten minutes before the two hour limit.

  • 14:51 Lap 56

    What a pass on Sutil!! That was amazing. Kubica up to 7th.

  • 14:51 Lap 56

    Round the outside he went. Nicely done. Barrichello is about 30 seconds up the road, so his storming drive is probably done now.

  • 14:55 Lap 58

    TweetTweet from @mikegascoyne: fighting schumacher for position, go for it heikki

  • 14:56 Lap 59

    Interview with Hamilton: "I saw Mark made a mistake, I was in a position to slipstream. I thought I was enough past him, I couldn't see him. I tried to leave enough room but I got hit."

  • 14:57 Lap 59

    More from Hamilton: "20 points is massive. With four races to go that's a big gap."

  • 14:58 Lap 60

    Kovalainen appears to be on fire!

  • 15:00 Lap 61

    Heikki cruises to a stop, having missed the pitlane. Once out of the car, he didn't wait for the marshals and got the extinguisher going.

  • 15:00 Lap 61

    Just before the fire, Heikki and Buemi touched, spinning the Lotus round. Buemi continued unimpeded.

  • 15:01 Lap 61

    Yellow flags make overtaking difficult on this final lap, there's not much Vettel can do.

  • 15:01 Lap 61

    Chequered flagFernando Alonso wins the Singapore Grand Prix!

  • 15:03
    Points Positions
    2VettelRed Bull
    3WebberRed Bull
    8SutilForce India
  • 15:04

    QuoteComment from Bassano: That was some race! Moments of utter boredom, then heaps of incidents followed by tension, finishing with an inferno!

  • 15:05
    Race Winner
    DriverFernando Alonso
    Race Time1:57:53.579
    Race Distance309.316km
    Average Speed157.422km/h
  • 15:07

    TweetTweet from @clubforce: It was the Force India F1 team's 50th race (and also Adrian's 50th with the team). Thanks to all our supporters.

  • 15:09

    Alonso tips some of his water over his head, trying to get cool. All three podium drivers look absolutely shattered, and there is almost no talking in the... whatever that room is called. Green room.

  • 15:10

    QuoteComment from Alex Andronov: FBFB it said on the door, I think, "Podium Room"

    That would make sense.

  • 15:13

    Alonso and champagneIt's not just water that is being thrown around.

  • 15:15
  • 15:16
    Fastest Laps
  • 15:20

    Interview with Button: "This hurt a little bit with Webber finishing in front of me, but it's still only a race victory. We all race until the last race. There's everything to play for. Lewis' misfortune today with Webber... shows that one bad race can cost you a lot of points. Consistency is important, but I need to be on the podium."

  • 15:21

    TweetTweet from @mikegascoyne: Heikki was hit by buemi and as he spun the fuel take prv cracked open and caused an airbox fire

  • 15:23

    Alonso secured the hat-trick of pole position, the win, and fastest lap. He led every single lap, plus a bonus fact for you, only Vettel and Alonso scored fastest laps throughout.

  • 15:24
    Lapped Cars
    DriverLaps Down
    Di Grassi2
  • 15:37

    Alonso in the press conference: "Taking it very easy. I just control the gap to Sebastien as best i could and didn't take any risk."

  • 15:38

    Vettel in the press conference: "Soft tyres, at the end the car was sliding a lot. I tried to push him as hard as I could into making a mistake but he didn't make a major mistake"

  • 15:40

    Webber in the press conference: "Lewis got a big run on me. Unfortunately we made contact. It's not desirable. It was a key part of the race."

    I'll say!

  • 15:42

    Hamilton's double non-finish has allowed Button to close up the stats a little.

    GP Battle
  • 15:44

    This one is just for fun.

    GP Battle
    Mercedes GPFinished
  • 15:47

    That was quite the race we saw today. Admittedly a lot of the action happened further down the field, but it was fascinating.

  • 15:47

    Massa managed to haul himself up to tenth, which was pretty impressive given that he started last but one. Well done to all those who predicted as much.

  • 15:48

    Kovalainen managed to lap both the Virgin cars before finally being beaten down by fire. There's only so much you can do when your car is in flames.

  • 15:49

    Kubica was very impressive out there, if only because, once again, he showed up Petrov rather a lot. It was one of those moments where Robert wakes up and shows why he's a driver in demand.

  • 15:50

    There are just four races left to go now, and still there are five drivers in the hunt for the title. Alonso has pulled it back from almost nowhere to sit behind Webber in second now.

  • 15:50

    Red Bull may be starting to sit up and worry a little. They expected to perform poorly in Monza, but were hoping to be back on form in Singapore - Ferrari wouldn't give them a look in.

  • 15:52

    In two weeks time, we'll be waking up in the early hours to watch the Japanese Grand Prix. I hope you will join me then, but in the meantime stay with Sidepodcast for all the results and analysis you could ever need.

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