2012 SINGAPORE GP: HAMILTON GAVE SEBASTIAN VETTEL SECOND SEASON WIN

Sebastian Vettel finally scored the second victory of his latest Formula 1 title defence in the Singapore Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver benefited from Lewis Hamilton's McLaren suffering a gearbox failure while holding a narrow lead.

Hamilton led from the start, but after a series of frantic radio messages to his team he retired with a gearbox problem and handed the lead to Vettel. The Red Bull driver then had Jenson Button in his mirrors for the remaining 36 laps, but despite two safety cars, he managed to win with relative ease. Championship leader Fernando Alonso took a comfortable third place, maintaining the driver's world championship lead.

We had two safety car periods: the first for Narain Karthikeyan sliding his HRT into the barrels at the tunnel entrance, and the second when Michael Schumacher ploughed into Jean-Eric Vergne on the restart lap.

Paul di Resta with an excellent fourth place for Force India, outpacing fifth-placed Mercedes man Nico Rosberg. Lotus salvaged sixth and seventh with Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean on its least competitive weekend of 2012 so far.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa picked up a puncture on lap one, yet fought back impressively to secure eighth. On the way, he overtook Bruno Senna with an incredible move that saw him bounce off the Williams and the wall before arriving at Turn 13 sideways but in front.

Also notable was Timo Glock's 12th place, which moved Marussia ahead of Caterham in the constructors' standings.
The Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay.
61 laps, 309.316km, Weather: Night/Dry.

Classified:
Pos      Driver                Team                   Time
 1.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault           2h00:26.144
 2.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes           +     8.959
 3.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari                    +    15.227
 4.  Paul Di Resta        Force India-Mercedes       +    19.063
 5.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes AMG               +    34.784
 6.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault              +    35.759
 7.  Roman Grosjean       Lotus-Renault              +    36.698
 8.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari                    +    42.829
 9.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +    45.820
10.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault           +    47.175
11.  Sergio Perez         Sauber-Ferrari             +    50.619
12.  Timo Glock           Marussia-Cosworth          +  1:31.918
13.  Kamui Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari             +  1:37.141
14.  Nico Hulkenberg      Force India-Mercedes       +  1:39.413
15.  Charles Pic          Marussia-Cosworth          +  1:42.925
16.  Heikki Kovalainen    Caterham-Renault           +  1:47.967
17.  Pedro De la Rosa     HRT-Cosworth               +     1 lap
18.  Bruno Senna          Williams-Renault           +    2 laps
19.  Vitaly Petrov        Caterham-Renault           +    2 laps

Fastest lap: Nico Hulkenberg - 1:51.033

Not classified:
Driver          Team            On lap
J.Vergne        Toro Rosso        38
M.Schumacher    Mercedes AMG      38
P.Maldonado     Williams          36
N.Karthikeyan   HRT               30
L.Hamilton      McLaren           22

After 14 races:                
Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  F.Alonso       194     1.  Red Bull      298
 2.  S.Vettel       165     2.  McLaren       261
 3.  K.Raikkonen    149     3.  Ferrari       245
 4.  L.Hamilton     142     4.  Lotus         231
 5.  M.Webber       133     5.  Mercedes AMG  136
 6.  J.Button       119     6.  Sauber        100
 7.  N.Rosberg       93     7.  Force India    75
 8.  R.Grosjean      82     8.  Williams       54
 9.  S.Perez         65     9.  Toro Rosso     14
10.  F.Massa         51       
11.  P.Di Resta      44       
12.  M.Schumacher    43       
13.  K.Kobayashi     35       
14.  N.Hulkenberg    31       
15.  P.Maldonado     29       
16.  B.Senna         25       
17.  J.Vergne         8       
18.  D.Ricciardo      6