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27 September 2010 :: 14:09:39 pm 40939

Alonso holds off Vettel in Action-packed Singapore GP

A confident performance from Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso saw him hold off the hard-charging Sebastian Vettel for a second successive grand prix victory boosting him into second on the championship standings.
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Singapore, the 26th of September 2010: Championship leader Mark Webber finished third in the second Red Bull car on the podium, increasing his lead at the top of the championship to 11 points with four races remaining.

The plucky Australian once again rode his luck, emerging unscathed from an in race incident with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton. The collision forced his title rival, second in the championship standings prior to the race, to retire.

Webber now sits on 202 points with Alonso moving up to second overall on 191 and Hamilton a further 9 points adrift in third place. Vettel sits one point further back and reigning world champion Jenson Button is in fifth on 177 points. Only 25 points separate the top five, the exact amount rewarded for a race victory.

Starting aggressively from pole position, Alonso drove a somewhat brilliant race to hold of the charging German for 61 laps around the floodlit Marina Bay circuit, which is notoriously not conductive to passing manoeuvres. The two-time world champion almost lost it at the death when Vettel put up a might last-lap tussle before crossing the line merely 0.2 seconds off the pace of the Ferrari.

Hamilton was the biggest loser of the day out of the top five, enduring his third retirement in four races. The Briton thought he had passed Webber on turn seven following a period under the safety car, but was broadsided by the Australian who was on the inside line coming out of the turn.

“I’m not really sure what happened. He was in my blind spot so I didn’t even know he was still there. All I know is I went in, I didn’t see anyone alongside me and the next thing I know is my tyre has blown and that’s it,” reported Hamilton.

Alonso’s win sets up an intriguing battle to the end of the season, with five drivers from three different teams conceivably able to win the title, although mathematically the top eight are still in contention.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Sports News

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