Vettel back in title hunt with Singapore win

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Updated: September 23, 2012

World champion Sebastian Vettel won an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday to strengthen his chances of claiming a third successive Formula One title.

Vettel inherited the lead from McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, who retired on the 23rd lap with a gearbox failure, and withstood the challenge of Jenson Button through two safety car periods on the way to repeating his victory at the same circuit a year ago.

Championship leader Fernando Alonso took third spot in his Ferrari but saw his advantage over Vettel reduced to 29 points with six rounds remaining.

Force India’s Paul di Resta claimed a creditable fourth spot, his best finish in Formula One.

Nico Rosberg took fifth place for Mercedes with Kimi Räikkönen maintaining his championship challenge with a sixth place finish in his Lotus, although the Finn is now a distant 45 points behind Alonso.

RACE RESULTS

1. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Red Bull-Renault)
2. Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes)
3. Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari)
4. Paul di Resta (GBR/Force India-Mercedes)
5. Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes-AMG)
6. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Lotus-Renault)
7. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Lotus-Renault)
8. Felipe Massa (BRA/Ferrari)
9. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Toro Rosso-Ferrari)
10. Mark Webber (AUS/Red Bull-Renault)
11. Sergio Perez (MEX/Sauber-Ferrari)
12. Timo Glock (GER/Marussia-Cosworth)
13. Kamui Kobayashi (JPN/Sauber-Ferrari)
14. Nico Hulkenberg (GER/Force India-Mercedes)
15. Heikki Kovalainen (FIN/Caterham-Renault)
16. Charles Pic (FRA/Marussia-Cosworth)
17. Pedro de la Rosa (ESP/HRT-Cosworth)
18. Vitaly Petrov (RUS/Caterham-Renault)
19. Bruno Senna (BRA/Williams-Renault)