Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel wins the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix

Article by Anita Panait, on September 25, 2012

Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel won the Singapore Grand Prix for the second straight year. Vettel passed the finish line 8.9 seconds faster than closest pursuer Jenson Button. Coming in third was Fernando Alonso.  With his latest win, Vettel managed to close the gap between him and current championship leader Alonso to just 29 points.

He is currently second in the race for the championship. This makes the race for the world championship even more thrilling with just six races remaining. Vettel’s Red Bull’s teammate, Mark Webber, finished tenth in the Singapore Grand Prix, as his strategy was compromised by the two safety car periods: first caused by Narain Karthikeyan crashing the wall on lap 30; and the second caused by the crash between Michael Schumacher and Jean-Eric Vergne on lap 38.

Webber, however, was met with a post-race 20-second penalty and slid to 11th. The Lotus F1 Team, meanwhile, achieved a double finish, with Kimi Raikkonen finishing sixth and Romain Grosjean seventh. The team had four Renault-engined cars into the top ten, before the post-race penalty was handed. The Singapore Grand Prix, however, was not as accommodating to the Williams F1 Team.

Drivers Pastor Maldonado retired on lap 36 due a hydraulic leak and Bruno Senna on the final lap of the race while running in 12th. Maldonado’s car developed a suspected KERS problem, forcing him to retire from the race as to avoid engine damage. Caterham F1 Team, meanwhile, got a double finish with Heikki Kovalainen at 15th and Vitaly Petrov at 19th.

The results of the Singapore Grand Prix extended Red Bull Racing’s lead in the constructors’ championship at 298 points, with closest follower McLaren grabbing a total of 261 points. Ferrari is third with 245 while Lotus F1 Team is fourth with 231. In the drivers’ championship, Alonso has 194 points while Vettel has 165. Topping the top five is Raikkonen with 149, Hamilton with 142 and Webber with 132.

Topics: red bull, formula 1

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