F1 under lights, Round 14 from Singapore

Updated: September 21, 2012

Singapore is the spectacular host this week of round 14 of the Formula 1 Championship. Under lights Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and co. will be looking to stop the resurgent form of McLaren and prevent a potential fourth consecutive win for the Woking based outfit.

Lewis Hamilton comes into Singapore with wins in Hungary and Italy in recent weeks, which has put him right back in the title race, only 37 points behind championship leader and twice former winner in Singapore Fernando Alonso.

Speculation is still rife through the pits about where the future of the 27 year old lies next season following a 60 million pound package that Mercedes GP are dangling in front of him. Hamilton himself this weekend has imposed a media blackout in relation to any questions with regards this matter, and rightly so. This is race weekend and he has a championship to focus on, especially considering the Marina Bay circuit is one he knows he is capable of winning on, as he did in 2008, the year he lifted the World Championship.

Fernando Alonso lines up also having won in Singapore on two previous occasions and will be looking for at least another podium to keep him in pole position in the points. The Spaniard has set his sights on matching Ayrton Senna’s career haul of three world titles after equalling his boyhood idol’s number of podium finishes.

The Spaniard finished third two weeks ago in Italy to claim his 80th podium spot, putting him level with the late Brazilian legend.

Alonso has 179 points in the standings, with Hamilton on 142, just ahead of Kimi Räikkönen (Lotus) on 141, Vettel on 140, Mark Webber (Red Bull) on 132 and Jenson Button (McLaren) on 101. Anyone of those top 5 are in with a chance of lifting the title and a follow up win for double world champion Vettel would really make things interesting.

Red Bull however have struggled somewhat this year, and lacked the reliability and straight line speed. Singapore though is not about that. With plenty of corners and turns 23 to be exact, the down force of the Adrian Newey designed RB8 could come good this weekend.

Don’t count out Kimi Raikkonen. In his comeback season the “iceman” currently sits third in the championship with some pretty consistent performances, 6 podium finishes however has yet to secure his 19th race win of his career.

The stage is set for an intriguing race under lights, in what has been a superb season so far. 2BET2 has the odds for you this weekend and for the remainder of the Formula 1 season.