Fernando Alonso's championship lead shed 8 points under the Singapore lights on Sunday night. Before the two hour-limited race ended, Ferrari's Spaniard Alonso was leading pole sitter Lewis Hamilton...

Fernando Alonso's championship lead shed 8 points under the Singapore lights on Sunday night.

Before the two hour-limited race ended, Ferrari's Spaniard Alonso was leading pole sitter Lewis Hamilton by 37 points.

Hamilton controlled the first half of the race but then retired with a gearbox failure, letting Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel win.

McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh said he doubted the failure was caused by Hamilton's brush with the wall in qualifying on Saturday.

But German back-to-back title winner Vettel snatches the Briton's second place in the drivers' championship, leaving Alonso with a 29-point lead now with just 6 races to go.

The situation is reminiscent of 2010, when Vettel took his first title by hunting down Alonso in the dying stages of the season.

"I think Fernando won't be too happy if it happens again," the 25-year-old laughed to former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan on the podium.

On the other hand, Alonso's lead would have been further diminished on Sunday if Hamilton's gearbox had survived.

"For me," Alonso smiled to Jordan, "it's ok if they keep doing that."

 

Pos

No

Driver

Team

Laps

Time/Retired

Grid

Pts

1

1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

59

2:00:26.144

3

25

2

3

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

59

+8.9 secs

4

18

3

5

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

59

+15.2 secs

5

15

4

11

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

59

+19.0 secs

6

12

5

8

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

59

+34.7 secs

10

10

6

9

Kimi Räikkönen

Lotus-Renault

59

+35.7 secs

12

8

7

10

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

59

+36.6 secs

8

6

8

6

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

59

+42.8 secs

13

4

9

16

Daniel Ricciardo

STR-Ferrari

59

+45.8 secs

15

2

10

15

Sergio Perez

Sauber-Ferrari

59

+50.6 secs

14

1

11

2

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

59

+67.1 secs

7

 

12

24

Timo Glock

Marussia-Cosworth

59

+91.9 secs

20

 

13

14

Kamui Kobayashi

Sauber-Ferrari

59

+97.1 secs

17

 

14

12

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

59

+99.4 secs

11

 

15

20

Heikki Kovalainen

Caterham-Renault

59

+107.9 secs

19

 

16

25

Charles Pic

Marussia-Cosworth

59

+132.9 secs

21

 

17

22

Pedro de la Rosa

HRT-Cosworth

58

+1 Lap

24

 

18

19

Bruno Senna

Williams-Renault

57

+2 Laps

22

 

19

21

Vitaly Petrov

Caterham-Renault

57

+2 Laps

18

 

Ret

17

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

38

Accident

16

 

Ret

7

Michael Schumacher

Mercedes

38

Accident

9

 

Ret

18

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

36

Hydraulics

2

 

Ret

23

Narain Karthikeyan

HRT-Cosworth

30

Accident

23

 

Ret

4

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

22

Gearbox

1

 

Note - De la Rosa, Senna dropped five grid spots for unscheduled gearbox changes. Pic had 20s added to race time for passing under red in FP3. Webber had 20s added for gaining advantage off track, dropping him from P10 to P11.

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