Alonso’s championship looks bright after win under the Singapore lights

Posted on September 26, 2010

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Fernando Alonso has cruised to his second victory in as many races to confirm his credentials at the very front of the title race.

Fernando Alonso's championship charge is as strong as ever. Credit: BBC

The Ferrari driver was flawless under the Singapore lights, almost effortlessly holding off the challenge from Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel

The pair were evenly matched throughout, comfortably faster than their other championship rivals.

Of them, Lewis Hamilton is the only man to have had a disaster this weekend after failing to finish following a collision with Mark Webber, who went onto finish third. The crash was neither man’s fault but the loser was clear.

McLaren’s pace in the race was nowhere near good enough at any stage and they look well behind Red Bull and Ferrari with four races to go. The McLaren men are now third and fifth in the championship race and it’s hard to see where they make up the ground. Jenson Button is still only 25 points behind with 100 available but the McLaren is simply not the quickest car.

It’s fast looking like a straight fight between Alonso and Red Bull and it’s impossible to be sure in making predictions. For my money Webber is the favourite to hold on but he’s going to want to win at least once more this year.

The race at the front was gruelling if not hugely exciting for the most part. Fortunately, down the field there were several great moments.

Robert Kubica was one of the drivers of the day. Credit: Renault F1

Robert Kubica made a sensational series of moves late on after a puncture to seize seventh despite the extra pitstop. Renault have to give him a top car because he’s ready to mix it at the very front.

Another top moment was a bizarre accident to bring out a second safety car. Kamui Kobayashi had an accident, ending up in barriers. Somehow, despite not being the next driver on the scene, Bruno Senna piled into the back. It was potentially very dangerous and Senna has to be doing better.

On the final lap, Heikki Kovaleinen had to turn firefighter after his Lotus was suddenly alight. For some reason he decided to take it down the main straight rather than into the pitlane. It was a serious fire and not entirely sensible to leave it out on the road. Striking to see under the lights, though.

FULL RESULTS

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 61 Winner 1 25
2 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 61 +0.2 secs 2 18
3 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 61 +29.1 secs 5 15
4 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 61 +30.3 secs 4 12
5 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 61 +49.3 secs 7 10
6 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 61 +56.1 secs 6 8
7 11 Robert Kubica Renault 61 +86.5 secs 8 6
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 61 + secs 15 4
9 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 61 + secs 17 2
10 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 61 + secs 24 1
11 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 60 +1 Lap 12
12 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 60 +1 Lap 11
13 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 60 +1 Lap 9
14 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 60 +1 Lap 13
15 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 59 +2 Laps 20
16 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 58 +3 Laps 19
Ret 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 49 +12 Laps 18
Ret 22 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber-Ferrari 36 +25 Laps 14
Ret 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 35 +26 Laps 3
Ret 20 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 31 +30 Laps 22
Ret 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 30 +31 Laps 10
Ret 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 29 +32 Laps 23
Ret 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 27 +34 Laps 21
Ret 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1 +60 Laps 16
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