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  • Thank you for your company today. It was another brilliant Singapore GP. The race certainly lived up to expectations with several Safety Cars and crashes. Do join us again in two weeks time for the Japanese GP.

    FINISH
  • A solid drive from Vettel and he is now only 29 points behind Championship leader Alonso. He's told 'well done, you are back in this Championship race'. Button also just about stays in the battle for the title, but his team-mate Lewis Hamilton was the big loser after suffering a DNF following a gearbox problem.

    FINISH
  • Defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel takes the chequered flag with Button claiming P2 and Alonso third. An excellent afternoon for Di Resta as he is P4 with Rosberg P5, Raikkonen P6, Grosjean P7, Massa P8, Ricciardo P9 and Webber 10.

    FINISH
  • Vettel starts what should be the final lap of the race as we are down to the final two minutes. Senna, meanwhile, retires after a loss of power.

    Lap 58
  • Webber is still stuck behind Ricciardo as the countdown goes into the final few minutes.

    Lap 58
  • Four minutes left in the race with Vettel looking in control. His team boss Christian Horner looks nervous though.

    Lap 57
  • Webber is now hunting down Ricciardo for ninth place. Should be easy enough for the Red Bull driver once they hit the DRS zone.

    Lap 57
  • Webber manages to get himself into the points as he eases past Senna. That Williams has taken a lot of knocks today, but it still going strong. Sadly he won't finish in the points.

    Lap 56
  • Alonso has stretched his lead over Di Resta to 3.7s but Force India have told the Scot that the Spaniard's tyres are four laps older.

    Lap 56
  • There are only 10 minutes left in this race with another five laps left. We are counting down the time now and not the laps.

    56
  • Button posts his fastest lap of the afternoon as a response to Di Resta, who is keeping him honest. The Di Resta to Ferrari or Di Resta to McLaren rumours will be out in force this week after the Scot's good showing. Perez was flavour of the month last time out.

    55
  • Vettel looks set for the victory here as he has opened a 2.7s gap over Button. Alonso is 8.7s behind the McLaren with Di Resta only 1.9s off the Spaniard.

    Lap 54
  • No further action will be taken regarding the incident involving Massa and Senna.

    Lap 53
  • Bruno Senna has kissed the wall again, but continues. Kobayashi is into the pits and there's a change of nose. Hulkenberg is also in to repair some of the damage.

    Lap 53
  • Webber has a chance to get past Kobayashi and he makes it stick. Hulkenberg takes advantage and Perez also wants to have a look, but the two Sauber's touch and there's more bodywork flying around.

    Lap 52
  • Perez and Hulkenberg make contact in the scrap over P13. They both continue and there's some hand gestures from the Mexican. Plenty of bodywork came off the Sauber, but Perez continues.

    Lap 51
  • Webber, who made a pit stop while the third Safety Car was out, is down in P12 and struggling to overtake Kobayashi. Hulkenberg, another who pitted after the Schumi-Vergne incident, is not too far behind the Red Bull driver.

    Lap 50
  • Here's the top 10 for you.: Vettel, Button, Alonso, Di Resta, Rosberg, Raikkonen, Grosjean, Massa, Ricciardo and Senna.

    Lap 50
  • Button now sets a new fastest lap with the gap to Vettel still 1.3s. Alonso has really dropped off the pace of the two front runners as he is five seconds behind the McLaren driver.

    Lap 49
  • Massa goes on the outside of Di Ricciardo and then cuts back on the inside and moves up into eighth place. Meanwhile at the front, Vettel sets a new fastest lap of 1:53.152.

    Lap 48
  • Speaking of Massa, his overtaking move on Senna will be investigated after the race by the stewards.

    Lap 47
  • Felipe Massa is on a charge. He is putting pressure on Ricciardo, who is in P8. He can't quite pull off the same spectacular move on the second Tor Rosso.

    Lap 47
  • The lap might be three laps short of a full distance due to the three Safety Cars. DRS has now once again been enabled.

    Lap 47
  • Vettel has already built up a 1.6s lead over Button, who has in turn is 2.2s ahead of Alonso. Di Resta is breathing down Alonso's neck though.

    Lap 46
  • Massa has managed to get up to P10 and he's harassing fellow Brazilian Senna. It's very, very tight. He has a go, but Senna closes shop. He has another go and it looks like they will take each other out, but Massa somehow manages to make it stick. That was pretty schweet from the Ferrari driver.

    Lap 45
  • We are away again... for a third time. The front runners get away, but the two Lotus drivers are next to each other. Raikkonen tries to go past, but doesn't make it stick.

    Lap 44
  • I take that back as the Safety Car will be in this lap. Button, meanwhile, has told his race engineer that he wasn't happy with Vettel's slow restart after the previous Safety Car.

    Lap 44
  • It might take quite a while to clear up the debris from the Schumi-Vergne accident and this race could be counted down to the two hours. There are only 32 minutes left.

    Lap 44
  • No surprises as the incident between Schumacher and Vergne will be looked at by the stewards after the race. Meanwhile, the Caterham of Petrov is pushed back to the garage after it stopped in the pit lane.

    Lap 43
  • Perez and Webber and several others are into the pits with the Safety Car out. Hulkenberg was also in. They will all drop to the back of the grid now.

    Lap 43
  • Perez and Vergne went side-by-side into Turn 14 and they both hit the breaks, but Schumacher never slowed down and hit the back of Vergne. The front tyres of the Mercedes just locked up.

    Lap 42
  • That was a nasty, nasty shunt. Thankfully Schumacher and Vergne are both getting out of their cars. Vergne walks over to Schumacher and they both give each other a pat on the back.

    Lap 42
  • Webber looks to go on the outside of Hulkenberg, but the Force India driver closes the gap. The Red Bull man has another go and this time he makes it stick. Schumacher, meanwhile, is having a go at Vergne. Massive, massive accident as Schumi hits Vergne.

    Lap 41
  • We are underway again and Vettel got away cleanly and he has an edge. Alonso was caught out a bit and Di Resta has kept a tight lid on the Spaniard. Webber, meanwhile, harasses Hulkenberg.

    Lap 40
  • Button nearly hits the back of Vettel before the restart.

    Lap 40
  • The Safety Car is still out. They are apparently still waiting for De La Rosa to 'catch up'. Ah well, it will be in this lap.

    Lap 39
  • Maldonado has finally made his way into the pit lane. They've made space in his garage and he makes his way there. You have to feel for him.

    Lap 38
  • Maldonado nurses his car around the track. He doesn't look like someone who wants to retire. Meanwhile, Pic, Petrov and de la Rosa have been given the green light to unlap themselves.

    Lap 37
  • Sad news for Maldonado as he's been told by his race engineer that he needs to retire. He has dropped to P10 during the Safety Car chaos. The Williams driver has a hydraulic issue.

    Lap 37
  • Hulkenberg is the only one out of the top 10 who hasn't made a second stop. Strange move from Force India.

    Lap 37
  • Here's the top 10 while we all take a breather with the Safety Car out. Vettel, Button, Alonso, Di Resta, Hulkenberg, Webber, Perez, Rosberg, Grosjean and Maldonado.

    Lap 36
  • Alonso has managed to get past Maldonado...well not on track, but in the pits.

    Lap 35
  • Vettel is also in and so is Button. Di Resta is in. Well everyone is coming it the pits.

    Lap 34
  • The Safety Car will be out in a second as Karthikeyan has put his car into the wall. He just turned into the wall. Raikkonen is the first into the pits.

    Lap 34
  • Maldonado goes defensive close to Turn 14 and Alonso tries to have a go on the outside, but the Williams driver is having none of it. The Spaniard has another go, but Maldonado is closing shop every time.

    Lap 34
  • At the front, Vettel has managed to open a 3.1s lead over Button. Then you have Di Resta, Rosberg and Grosjean.

    Lap 33
  • Alonso is chasing Maldonado and he will soon be in DRS zone. There's some traffic in front of the Williams though. This could be brilliant or messy.

    Lap 32
  • Webber is warned he will have to cut through traffic with Raikkonen and Hulkenberg ahead of him.

    Lap 32
  • Maldonado (P4) and Alonso (P5) are both into the pits. Slow stop from Williams, but they manage to release the Venezuelan just in front of the Ferrari man. Maldonado switched to the super softs so he might have to come back in.

    Lap 31
  • Webber is into the pits for his second stop of the afternoon. The Australian rejoins in P11. He is likely to make another visit to the pits later in the race.

    Lap 30
  • Speaking of tough weekends, Lotus are also not having the best of times in Singapore. Grosjean is sandwiched between the two Mercs with Raikkonen in 10th.

    Lap 30
  • Rosberg is given the hurry up as his tyres could drop out of the working window. Another difficult weekend for the Mercedes team. Rosberg is in seventh with Schumacher in ninth.

    Lap 30
  • As things stand, Alonso's lead will be 26 points over Vettel. At present it is 37 over Hamilton. The McLaren driver will drop to third.

    Lap 29
  • Alonso is edging closer to Maldonado, but the Williams guys are out in the pits, but it is for Senna. The Brazilian puts on super softs and rejoins in 14th place.

    Lap 28
  • It is confirmed that Hamilton had a gearbox problems. His race engineer said 'I'm sorry we tried everything we could to fix it yesterday'.

    Lap 27
  • Hamilton's DNF means the top five looks like this: Vettel, Button, Maldonado, Alonso, Di Resta. Maldonado, though, appears to be having problems with his breaks.

    Lap 26
  • Hamilton was told 'great drive up to then' by his race engineer as he was slowing down. Not sure he actually wanted to hear that.

    Lap 25
  • Slow, slow walk back to the pits from Hamilton.

    Lap 25
  • Shake of the head for Hamilton as he parks his car on the escape road after what looks like a gearbox failure. Vettel takes over the lead with Button in second.

    Lap 24
  • The status quo remain at the moment. I spoke too soon as Hamilton has problems. He has lost a gear by the looks of it.

    Lap 24
  • Senna is having rear tyre issues so he will probably have a pit stop soon. Alonso is flying at the moment as he is lapping in the 1:55s.

    Lap 24
  • Another cryptic message from the Mercedes pit crew to Schumacher. Something about 'magic'.

    Lap 22
  • Massa is into the pits for a second time.

    Lap 22
  • The pace at the front appear to have settled now as Hamilton has managed to get the lead to Seb Vettel back up to two seconds.

    Lap 21
  • Hulkenberg is finally into the pits after 19 laps. Perez is right behind him. Clean stops for both and they rejoin in P14 and P16 respectively.

    Lap 20
  • Perez is starting to lose some grip on those older tyres. He's not able to do anything as Webber overtakes him.

    Lap 19
  • Alonso has managed to catch up with Hulkenberg, who is yet to stop. The Force India driver is in P5. Easy move from the Spaniard as he goes on the outside of the German.

    Lap 18
  • At the front of the pack, Vettel is still on a very good run. He's lapping faster than Hamilton and that gap between P1 and P2 is 1.5s with Button another 4.2s behind.

    Lap 17
  • Perez is defenceless as Alonso uses DRS to overtake him and move up to sixth place. He gets a congratulated by his race engineer after the move.

    Lap 16
  • Maldonado goes on the outside of Hulkenberg at Turn 7. He is up to P5. Grosjean was the last of the front-runners to stop.

    Lap 16
  • Vettel is on a charge as he pits in a new fastest lap of 1:55.496. Button is into the pits and it's slow, a 3.8s stop. He slots out back in third place behind Vettel.

    Lap 16
  • Button leads and he has a 2.7s lead over Maldonado. Well, not for too long as the Williams driver pits. He is out in front of Hulkenberg in P5. Raikkonen is also into the pits and rejoins in 14th place.

    Lap 15
  • Ah scrap that. Vettel eases past the Lotus driver in the DRS zone as he moves up to P5.

    Lap 15
  • Button is still lapping faster than Hamilton. The latter finally pits from the lead and rejoins in in P4. It was actually a good bit of strategy as he doesn't have too much traffic in front of him. Vettel, though, is behind him and not too far off, but the Red Bull does have Raikkonen in front of him.

    Lap 14
  • Hamilton and Button stays out, but the latter is a full second quicker than the 2008 World Champion. Ferrari are out and it's for Alonso. Mercedes are also out. Alonso rejoins in P12, but he doesn't have too much traffic in front of them.

    Lap 13
  • Hamilton's time is dropping because of those tyres. Vettel, meanwhile, overtakes Perez and moves up a place.

    Lap 13
  • The Red Bull pit crew are out again and Vettel makes his way into the pits. He puts on soft tyres and he's away without any problems. He rejoins in P12 and there's plenty of traffic in front of him.

    Lap 12
  • Senna, whose car has a new gearbox, is told there is a problem with first gear. At the front of the grid, Hamilton has opened a 2.7s lead over Vettel, who in turn is 2.5s ahead of Button.

    Lap 11
  • Incidents all over the place as Vettel misses a chicane and a Marussia slaps a wall.

    Lap 10
  • Webber is the first of the big guns to visit the pits. He puts on the harder compound and rejoins in P20. Interesting move from Red Bull. Maybe they are switching to a three-stopper for the Australian?

    Lap 9
  • Kovalainen leaves the door open and Senna helps himself as he moves up to P16.

    Lap 9
  • Massa is given a 'boost' by his race engineer as he is told he is 'by far the quickest in the race'. It's true though as he is lapping in the 1:55s while the rest are doing 1:56s.

    Lap 8
  • Raikkonen is starting to put a lot of pressure on Schumacher and there is a bit of train developing behind them. Oh how we all miss the Trulli train. Well, not really.

    Lap 8
  • No further action will be taken over the Turn 1 and 2 incidents on the opening lap. Webber and Rosberg were the ones in danger there for running wide, but no action will be taken.

    Lap 7
  • Massa has been told he needs another 16 more laps on the current set of tyres.

    Lap 7
  • Massa, on his fresh set of super softs, sets the fastest lap, a 1:55.664. He is down in last place though.

    Lap 6
  • Schumacher has been asked to 'cool the car'. You have to feel for the seven-time World Champion. Rarely a race goes by without him having some sort of issue with the car.

    Lap 6
  • Hamilton and Vettel exchange fastest laps. The McLaren driver is 1.4s ahead of the double World Champion, but more importantly 2012 Championship pacesetter Fernando Alonso is already nine seconds ahead.

    Lap 5
  • So Maldonado was one of the big losers on the first lap as he has dropped to P4. His team-mate Senna has also had an unhappy afternoon so far as he has made contact with a Toro Rosso on the first lap. Some bodywork came flying off, but the damage is not too serious.

    Lap 4
  • Here's your top 10: Hamilton, Vettel, Button, Maldonado, Alonso, Di Resta, Webber, Grosjean, Rosberg, Schumacher. Raikkonen is in P11.

    Lap 4
  • Turn 1 and 2 incidents on lap 1 under investigation by the stewards. They haven't given any more info on who the drivers are that are under investigation.

    Lap 3
  • Massa is also into the pits. He dropped to the back of the pack. He must've made contact with someone. New set of soft tyres as he had a rear puncture.

    Lap 3
  • Only person with serious damage after the first lap is Petrov as he is front wing-less. He has already made a visit to the pits. His team-mate Kovalainen is also having an issue.

    Lap 2
  • Webber squeezed Grosjean off the track, but no damage done and both are continuing they are seventh and eighth respectively.

    Lap 1
  • Maldonado has dropped to fourth with Maldonado in fifth. Webber looked like he touched a wall, but he is still in there. Rosberg has managed to get in front of team-mate Schumacher.

    Lap 1
  • The lights go off and they are off. Hamilton makes a good start and Maldonado keeps pace with him. Not for long though as Vettel moves past the Williams driver. Button is third.

    START
  • Perez, who was exceptional last time out, is also starting on the harder compound in P14. The Sauber have sucked for pace this weekend though.

    20:01
  • Mercedes are starting on the super softs despite having an option of starting on either tyre. They have clearly decided to follow the rest of the pack as everyone else in the top 10 are using those. Nico Hulkenberg, in P11, is the first to use the harder compound.

    20:01
  • Lewis Hamilton gets the formation lap underway. They are all away. It's wonderful to see all the back lights from the cars under lights in Singapore.

    20:00
  • Nice touch from Williams as they have a Sid Watkins sticker on the car...well most of the teams have paid tribute to the Prof in some way or another this weekend.

    19:55
  • Time to get ready for action. The drivers are getting 'stripped in' and receiving final instructions from their race engineers. I know you would like to know this, but Button has just put his shoes on. He's wearing black socks. This is crucial information.

    19:52
  • They have observed a one-minute's silence on the grid in memory of the great Prof Watkins.

    19:48
  • It is anthem time and they have a kids' choir out there to do the honours. Wonderful rendition.

    19:45
  • Back to actual racing, the person who starts on pole is usually a very good bet for the win (well that is the case with most races). The Safety Car is always a certainty as well while the average race time is usually one hour and 57 minutes.

    19:40
  • Speaking of spicy affairs, Mark Webber and Romain Grosjean will be starting next to each other (seventh and eighth respectively) and the Australian has warned the Lotus driver that he 'better have good sneakers on if he hits me'.

    19:34
  • So it will be a Hamilton-Maldonado front row of the grid. Could be spicy, but Hamilton has already promised to be 'sensible'. Maldonado hasn't said anything though. Let's wait and see what happens.

    19:30
  • Hamilton grabbed his fourth pole of the season on Saturday night, beating Pastor Maldonado to the coveted grid slot while Sebastian Vettel, who is fourth in the Drivers' Championship - just two points behind Hamilton, was third quickest ahead of Jenson Button.

    19:26
  • He is leading the standings by 37 points over Lewis Hamilton, however, it's the McLaren driver who has the momentum at present having won two of the last three races. He also starts tonight's grand prix from pole position.

    19:21
  • With just seven races remaining starting with tonight's grand prix the stakes are getting higher and higher with five drivers in with a shot at winning the World title and one an outside bet. But the man in pole, at least in the Championship, is Fernando Alonso.

    19:13
  • Tonight's grand prix takes place over 61 laps, totalling 309.316kms.

    19:06
  • Welcome to the Marina Bay circuit, home of the Singapore GP - Formula One's only night race. All times are local.

    19:00