Renault capture a bit of sun before night falls.
Tweet 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
The cars are lining up on the grid now, making last minute tweaks and setup decisions.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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.
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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.
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.
Tweet 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
Tweet 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.
The Toro Rosso driver will be starting from the pitlane.
Alonso leads the pack away on the formation lap.
They are go, go, go. The Singapore Grand Prix begins.
Alonso keeps his position around the first corner.
It looks like a mostly clean start for all.
Barrichello has lost a couple of places on the start, Kubica has moved up.
Yellow flags shown at two places on track.
Nick Heidfeld has some damage at the front, although it's not clear what happened yet.
Massa pits for a change of tyres - it's a sensible decision, particularly if a safety car is called.
Heidfeld pits for a new front wing.
It's a long old pit stop for Sauber.
Liuzzi is also broken, he's pulled to a halt on track.
Safety car deployed.
Heidfeld has returned to the pitlane.
Webber pits, Petrov, Hulkenberg, Buemi, Sutil, Trulli... quite a lot of people, actually.
Safety Car to come in this lap.
Team radio to Webber: This might be frustrating for a while, but this could be good for us.
He's currently sitting in 11th.
Safety Car is in, Alonso makes a good start again.
Massa is up to 15th for now.
Trulli has a left rear puncture, making his way slowly back to the pitlane.
Webber has already passed Glock, and this time manages to pass Kobayashi with a clear speed advantage.
Hulkenberg and Petrov have a brief coming together.
Team 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."
The hard tyres are pretty tricky, it seems.
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.
Team radio to Vettel: "Sebastian, try to cool the brakes a little."
Webber has passed Schumacher, he's now up to 8th. Barrichello is next.
The top three are just starting to pull out a gap on Button.
Tweet from @InsideFerrari: Fernando is pushing hard to open the gap on Vettel and on Webber who has already pitted
Glock is doing a pretty good job holding up a few cars behind him - Sutil, Hulk and then Massa.
Heidfeld overtakes Di Grassi for 19th place - trying to make his way back up the field again.
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.
Hulkenberg and Massa also make it past.
Ah, it was a kerb shaped problem that has ended Glock's reign in the mid-field.
Race control confirm they're looking into the incident between Heidfeld and Liuzzi.
Tweet from @VirginRacing: Timo reporting tru not moving over. We've informed charlie
Team 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."
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.
Webber makes a bit of a mistake, inches away from the barriers, but saves it.
Team radio to Hamilton: "Lewis, we need to find three tenths, to half a second. See if you can find three tenths."
Both Hamilton and Webber have essentially been told they are battling each other, despite being five positions apart at the moment.
Trulli is reporting hydraulic issues.
Tweet from @sschaumloeffel: Noooooooo stupid stupid stupid hydraulics
Alonso is coming up on backmarkers now, Trulli is within his sights.
Aaaand he's past.
Tweet from @tonyfernandes: jarno has to retire. what ashame. no luck and poor hydraulica
Trulli returns to the pitlane, race over.
Tweet from @tonyfernandes: we try to recharge . never give up
Perhaps I spoke too soon.
He rejoins the field behind Webber, the Red Bull strategy worked!
Alonso and Vettel both pit at the same time
Tweet from @tonyfernandes: jarno going back out. nice call tony hahahaha
Button pits and rejoins in 8th.
Vettel had a bit of a jumpy getaway from the pit box, so Alonso kept the lead easily.
Rosberg pits from 4th and Schumacher dives into the pitlane after him.
Replays show that Kobayashi and Schumacher came together, batting Schumi into the wall. That explains why after his pitstop, he is down in 15th.
Vettel has closed up to Alonso as they come across traffic.
Safety car deployed.
Two cars in the wall.
Replays show Kobayashi smashed into the wall, and Senna ran into him. Luckily everyone else managed to avoid them.
Senna and Kobayashi climb out of their cars.
Lots more pit stops under the Safety Car - Kubica, Rubens, Buemi and Klien at least.
Hamilton reports a problem with his drinks button.
Klien is climbing out of the car, the HRT is pushed back into the garage.
Safety Car in this lap.
The Safety Car is in. Alonso makes his third good start of the race.
Di Grassi is right in the way of Webber, which allows Hamilton to close up and pass. The pair touch.
Hamilton has stopped!
Webber is still going but his car looks scrappy, and he almost touches the wall.
Team radio to Webber: "Front wing looks fine. Stay out."
The incident between them will be investigated.
Replays show Hamilton got past easily but Webber was up the inside on the following corner, and that's where they came together.
Accident between Schumacher and Heidfeld. The Sauber sits stricken against the wall.
Schumacher pits for a new front wing.
Massa has made it up to tenth and into the points. So far so good for everyone who picked that option in the poll.
That's Live Championship Standings, obviously. The race isn't over till it's over.
Also worth knowing who is where, I suppose!
The incident between Schumacher and Heidfeld will also be investigated. It's going to be a long evening for the stewards!
Kubica pits from 6th.
This is his second stop, seems a bit odd. They're changing his front tyres, and he's off again.
Vettel is just nine tenths behind Alonso, then there's a big gap to Webber, about 11 seconds behind.
Tweet 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.
In that case, I need to update my earlier table:
Race control confirm no action on the incident with Webber and Hamilton.
With so many retirements, my backmarker watch is rather small.
Looks like Kubica had a puncture and that's why he had to make that second stop.
Not a happy Hamilton, but helmet off at least.
Tweet from @VirginRacing: MSC catching KOV at a fair rate of knots. We are just clearing the garage and retiring timo :-(
Race control confirm no action on the Schumacher incident either.
Kubica passes Buemi and sets his sights on his teammate. That's a shame, I was quite enjoying the Renault sandwich.
Team radio to Webber: "Jenson has been told to keep pushing all the way to the end."
Two seconds separate Webber and Button at the moment.
Kubica easily gets past the other yellow car. Another table.
Team 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.
Kubica passes Hulkenberg. The man is on a charge!
Sutil should be getting a bit nervous as a yellow car appears in his mirrors.
Six laps to go, and ten minutes before the two hour limit.
What a pass on Sutil!! That was amazing. Kubica up to 7th.
Round the outside he went. Nicely done. Barrichello is about 30 seconds up the road, so his storming drive is probably done now.
Tweet from @mikegascoyne: fighting schumacher for position, go for it heikki
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."
More from Hamilton: "20 points is massive. With four races to go that's a big gap."
Kovalainen appears to be on fire!
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.
Just before the fire, Heikki and Buemi touched, spinning the Lotus round. Buemi continued unimpeded.
Yellow flags make overtaking difficult on this final lap, there's not much Vettel can do.
Fernando Alonso wins the Singapore Grand Prix!
Comment from Bassano: That was some race! Moments of utter boredom, then heaps of incidents followed by tension, finishing with an inferno!
Tweet 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.
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.
Comment from Alex Andronov: FBFB it said on the door, I think, "Podium Room"
That would make sense.
It's not just water that is being thrown around.
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."
Tweet from @mikegascoyne: Heikki was hit by buemi and as he spun the fuel take prv cracked open and caused an airbox fire
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.
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."
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"
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."
Hamilton's double non-finish has allowed Button to close up the stats a little.
This one is just for fun.
That was quite the race we saw today. Admittedly a lot of the action happened further down the field, but it was fascinating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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