23 September 2012 Last updated at 16:41

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As it happened

  1. 1640: 

    I'll be back on Friday 5 October, armed with a large mug of coffee and quite possibly some matchsticks to prop my eyes open, to take you through practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.

    Yep, it's that time of year again when we wake up/stay awake to watch Formula 1 racing in the early hours of the morning.

    I'll be live on this very website at 01:30 BST. I do hope you'll join me then - otherwise it could be a very long morning. Until then, it's good afternoon from me. See ya.

  2. 1638: 

    That's just about it from me. Singapore delivered a cracker of a race under the lights, with Sebastian Vettel ensuring the championship battle has got that little bit tighter.

    Thanks, as always, for your company and contributions. You've been marvellous. Keep an eye on bbc.co.uk/f1 for all the reaction and analysis plus a race highlights edit.

  3. 1635: 

    And a last word on his title hopes, Button said: "It's a long, long way. If Fernando keeps finishing just behind me, it's going to be tough. It's a very slim chance but I'm enjoying racing. I think our car will be competive in Suzuka, as will the Red Bull and possibly Sauber."

  4. 1632: 

    Jenson Button, who finished second: "I always want a little bit more, I wanted to step on the top step but think I messed that up yesterday [in qualifying]."

    Speaking about the near-miss with Sebastian Vettel, Button said: "I closed my eyes, I didn't know what was going to happen. Seb is in control of the pace but when someone accelerates, you don't expect them to brake. I was very close to him and locked up the front but managed to avoid him."

  5. 1628: 

    On team orders, McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh makes an interesting admission: "Jenson has had a conversation with me, he initiated it. He's an immensely competitive individual, but he's a team player. Things that happen in the futrue will come from within him. I'll never ask and I don't want to ask. If he chooses to do soemthing in the best interest of the team, that's up to him."

  6.  

    Fernando Alonso, who finished third: "It was good over the weekend we weren't very quick but in the end we finished ahead of the majority of our key rivals. It's a very tough race in Singapore, in the end we reached two hours and with this humidity it's the toughest race of the season. If the people enjoy it we shall carry on but for the drivers it's very hard."

  7. 1622: 

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso saw his championship leader drop from 37 to 29 points, but he minimised the damage by finishing on the podium for the eighth time this season.

  8.  

    Sebastian Vettel, the race winner: "After the shame we had in Monza, it was a tough weekend but to come back here ,the car was very competitive and comfortable all weekend. It was a fun track and I enjoyed it a lot.

    "It's a shame for Lewis [Hamilton] to retire as I think we could have had a tight battle. It could have been an interesting race but it was a great result for us. We have made less mistakes this season and we are satisfied with the position we are in at the moment. We are in the hunt and I'm looking forward to the next race."

  9. 1618: 

    DC has had to dash off to catch his flight, but EJ and Jake have stuck around to speak to the race winner Sebastian Vettel...

  10.  

    Ferrari driver Felipe Massa: "It was pretty obvious somebody touched me at the start. The car was fantastic, I'm so happy with the pace, I'm so happy with how I was driving. It's a shame what happened at the start.

    "Even starting 13th, it was a race where we could have both cars in the top five.

    "[On the incident with Senna] That was not nice, I was already on his side and he pushed his car over my car and I went to the wall. That's not inside the rules to be honest. Fortunately nothing hapepend with my car. I'm a little more calm now. Anyway, it was a great race for me."

  11. 1614: 

    Felipe Massa had a tough race, dropping to the back of the field after picking up a puncture on the first lap but recovering to finish eighth. His fight back through the field included a moment with Bruno Senna when the Williams driver pushed his Ferrari towards the wall. Somehow, the Brazilian held onto his car and made the move stick. Here's what he had to say...

  12. 1610: 

    Interestingly, Lowdon confirmed that Marussia have sorted out a deal to have Kers on the car for next season. The team have yet to use it since they entered the sport in 2010 which has been a big disadvantage as the system is worth around six tenths of a second per lap.

  13.  

    Marussia driver Timo Glock: "In general, we knew we had a strong car here and I'm very happy to drive here. I love this track. My target was to be as close to Heikki in first stint but then I pushed too much and kissed the wall a bit. When the safety car came out, it mixed it up and I was right in the battle again. I then realised I was quicker than Heikki. The second safety car saved us on the strategy because I had spent 34 laps on that set of tyres."

  14.  

    Marussia CEO Graeme Lowden: "We were pretty nervous, but you have to take your chances and we did. We have a good car now and I think we're ahead of our nearerst rivals to that extent. We want to score points like any other team. If any team finish the year without points it goes off your highest single finish. Ours is 12th so that could give us 10th place overall in the championship and that is important for commercial rights, ie money."

  15. 1603: 

    It was an impressive performance from Marussia who saw Timo Glock finish 12th - the team's best finish of the season. Here's what their CEO had to say...

  16.  

    McLaren's Lewis Hamilton on Twitter: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy - Martin Luther King. Amen!!"

  17. 1559: 

    If you missed any of the action, may I recommend Andrew Benson's race report and if you want to see the moment Lewis Hamilton retired from the race, our multimedia bods have cut the video for you.

  18.  

    Marussia on Twitter: "Some huge HIGH FIVES to everyone back at Banbury today. All that blood, sweat and tears does pay off it seems. Well done us!"

  19. 1554: 

    When asked if the team are now considering employing team orders as Lewis Hamilton trails championship leader Fernando Alonso by 52 points, Whitmarsh said: "At the moment, the best thing we can do is keep developing the car. Both drivers are going to be driving as fast as they can in Suzuka."

  20.  

    McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh on Lewis Hamilton's retirement: "Gearbox failure. We don't know what, probably something happened in the diff. It's really disappointing. He had good pace, he was looking after his tyres and doing everything that should have brought victory. It's a gutting evening.

    "It's tough, but we've got six races left, we know we've got a good car and a strong team. We'll battle on in Suzuka which is a very different circuit and one we hope we'll be strong at."

  21.  

    Lewis Hamilton, who retired from the lead: "I'm OK now. It was gutting when the car stopped, I was cruising. I was managing the gap and could have pushed more, I had the pace. I think today would have been an easy win.

    "Nonetheless, that's not the case. The Red Bulls did a good job, Jenson too. We've got six races left and I need to keep pushing. I need to win the rest of them. I won't give up, I'll keep pushing to the end. This makes it a lot harder, but as I said, we've still got six races to go."

  22. 1548: 

    Lee McKenzie has found Lewis Hamilton who retired from the lead after a suspected gearbox failure. Here's what he had to say...

  23.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "All the evidence is that Paul di Resta has got the ability to adapt to Formula 1. That was a big race result for him in what was a very changable race. There's a fine line between confidence and arrogance but you have to know what you want and he does."

  24. 1543: 

    Regarding his future, Paul di Resta - who has yet to re-sign with Force India for next year and has been linked with a move to Mercedes - said: "I've always said I want to win races. Today's been a great result but I do want to go forward and hopefully we can before the end of the season."

  25.  

    Force India driver Paul di Resta, who finished fourth: "To get a good start and maintain position and then just at the end to push a Ferrari who's pushing for the championship is brilliant for us.

    "Our nearest rivals didn't score so it's really special for us and we'll enjoy it tonight. The concentration is the most difficult thing at this race and I try to focus and make sure I'm in the best physical shape to drive my car. This is my own journey but with people's help it could get even better."

  26. 1540: 

    Here's how the result has affected the drivers' standings:

    1) Alonso 194 pts

    2) Vettel 165

    3) Raikkonen 149

    4) Hamilton 142

    5) Webber 133

    6) Button 119

  27. 1537: 

    Michael Schumacher's damaged Mercedes has returned to the pits on the back of a lorry. It'll be interesting to find out what the result of the team's investigation into the accident. Was it driver error or a mechanical failure as Schumacher alluded to in his interview.

  28. 1534: 

    Marussia may not have scored points, but Timo Glock's 12th-place finish is huge for the team because it lifts them above Caterham into 10th in the constructors' championship on countback. That's crucial because only the top 10 teams get a share of the prize money and Marussia have been beaten to that place by Caterham for the last two seasons.

  29. 1530: 

    Here's how they finished:

    1) Vettel 2) Button 3) Alonso 4) Di Resta 5) Rosberg 6) Raikkonen 7) Grosjean 8) Massa 9) Ricciardo 10) Webber

    11) Perez 12) Glock 13) Kobayashi 14) Hulkenberg 15) Kovalainen 16) Pic 17) De la Rosa 18) Senna 19) Petrov

    20) Vergne 21) Schumacher 22) Maldonado 23) Karthikeyan 24) Hamilton

  30.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "This race did seem to go on a bit because of the safety car, but these are the kinds of situations we've come to expect from this race."

  31. 1524: 

    Christian Horner, the Red Bull boss, has been cornered by EJ and Jake. "Sebastian was on it all afternoon, he did a perfect race today," said Horner. "It closes the gap to Fernando. It puts us in great shape for the last six races."

  32.  

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso who finished third: "It's one of the best tracks and we enjoy driving here. The atmosphere is fantastic and it was a fun race again. In Monza it was Lewis winning and Sebastian retiring and here it's Lewis retiring and Sebastian winning so as long as that keeps happening and I pick up points along the way I'll be happy."

  33.  

    Jenson Button, who finished for second: "It was a pretty tough two hours for us. Sebastian accelerated and braked for the right handed. I didn't ecpect that, I hit the brakes, locked up and I just missed the back of your car. But we got through it.

    "I'm reasonably happy with second. I want to win, but you can't win them all. For us as a team to have another failure this weekend was tough, but the important thing is we have a good car. Every race we go to, we have a chance of winning and that's important for us."

  34.  

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who won the Singapore GP: "I thinks it's one of the toughest races of the year. The circuit is a killer and it's so bumpy and so long. We benefited from Lewis' failure, I saw some oil drop frm his car a few laps before, and all in all we had a good race all weekend.

    "I'm just incredibly happy and proud to win it. I'd like to dedicate the win to Sid Watkins, I think he's one of the biggest reasons why we enjoy ourselves every week so a big thank you to him.

    "Anything can happen in this race and it's a lot of fun to watch but we just have to keep pushing now so we finish ahead of those guys come the end of the season."

  35. 1516: 

    Time for a bit of champagne spraying before our very own Eddie Jordan steps onto the podium - in that extraordinary shirt - to carry out the post-race interviews.

  36.  

    Force India on Twitter: "Awesome result for @pauldirestaf1 in P4 of #SingaporeGP! Twelve lovely points! Great team effort and a superb drive!"

  37. 1514: 

    Sebastian Vettel does a little victory leap as he takes to the top step of the podium before the German national anthem rings out around Marina Bay.

  38. 1513: 

    "I almost wiped you out," says Jenson Button to Sebastian Vettel, referring to the safety car restart as they wait for the podium ceremony.

  39. 1512: 

    Paul di Resta secured his best ever finish in Formula 1 with fourth ahead of Nico Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean, Felipe Massa, Daniel Ricciardo and Mark Webber.

  40.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "Formula 1 is a rollercoaster. It takes you from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. You lose more than you win but that's all part of grand prix racing."

  41. 1510: 

    So Sebastian Vettel wins the Singapore Grand Prix with Jenson Button second and championship leader Fernando Alonso third. Vettel parks up his Red Bull, gets up and throws his hand in the air and then strokes his car to say thank you.

  42.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Fred Weimer on Twitter: "Congrats to Vettel, Button and Alonso, What a great Singapore GP."

  43. 1508: 

    A nice touch by the Singapore GP organisers to unleashing a striking fireworks display over this extraordinary circuit. On track, Sebastian Vettel points his finger to the sky and waves to crowd.

  44.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "It was a great victory, no question about it. Sebastian Vettel is now enjoying a cooling lap as fireworks explode above the race track."

  45. 1506: 

    "Yes, we did it! Thank you boys, this one is for you," says Sebastian Vettel over his team radio. His team boss Christian Horner says: "You beauty. You're back in the title race."

  46. 1504: 

    Unbelievably, that is only Sebastian Vettel's second victory of the season and fourth for Red Bull in 2012. The German drove a strong race, keeping in touch with Lewis Hamilton and then picking up the pieces when the McLaren driver retired.

  47.  
    CHEQUERED FLAG

    *SEBASTIAN VETTEL WINS THE SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX*

  48.  
    FINAL LAP

    Sebastian Vettel starts another lap with just one minute remaining on the clock which means this will be the final lap. Bruno Senna, meanwhile, retires to complete a miserable weekend for the Williams team.

  49.  
    THREE MINUTES TO GO

    Sebastian Vettel is looking super comfortable up front. The German leads by 6.7 second and is now cruising with a few minutes to go. Fernando Alonso looks to have put enough clear air between himself and Paul di Resta to finish this race in third.

  50.  
    FIVE MINUTES TO GO

    Mark Webber has hunted Daniel Ricciardo down and is now shaping up for a pass on the Toro Rosso driver. Webber has fresher, softer tyres on his car, but we all know how hard it is to pass here.

  51.  

    Marussia team on Twitter: "Sorry, can't bring ourselves to tempt fate ...........COME ON! Someone ahead must need to pit again?!

  52.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Tone on Twitter: "BOTH Marussias ahead of the Caterhams and HRTs, almost top10 (albeit by attrition) Good job guys."

  53.  
    SEVEN MINUTES TO GO

    Mark Webber of Red Bull uses his Kers to blast past the Williams of Bruno Senna and take the final point of the afternoon. Daniel Ricciardo is a further 1.4 seconds up the road in ninth.

  54.  
    RACE UPDATE

    Race to be decided by two-hour time limit. 7 minutes left. Vettel leads by 3.7secs. Button second. Hamilton out after gearbox failure. Schumacher out after smashing into back of Toro Rosso's Vergne. Karthikeyan hits wall. Safety car deployed twice. 1 Vettel 2 Button 3 Alonso 4 Di Resta 5 Rosberg 6 Raikkonen 7 Grosjean 8 Massa 9 Ricciardo 10 Senna.

  55.  

    Michael Schumacher, who retired after crashing into the back of Jean-Eric Vergne: "After the safety car I broke a little early, then the car didn't accelerate and then I just went straight on the brakes and it locked up. The accident was unavoidable. I feel sorry for Jean-Eric and for his team but we need to find out what happened now."

  56.  
    NINE MINUTES TO GO

    Mark Webber is taking one second a lap out of Bruno Senna in the battle for 10th - the last points-paying position. Meanwhile, Force India tell Paul di Resta that Fernando Alonso's tyres are four laps older than his.

  57.  
    11 MINUTES TO GO

    Race organisers have switched to time remaining - with F1 races restricted to a two-hour limit. Sebastian Vettel leads by 3.7 seconds from Jenson Button, with Fernando Alonso 3.4 seconds further back.

  58.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Nichola Green on Twitter: "Really not a fan of the street circuits, too many heart stopping overtakes for me!"

    Georgina Mills on Twitter: "Hulkenberg deserved that puncture. That's what you get when you keep taking out front wings."

    Wayne Hansford on Twitter: "No further action good result. FIA show common sense. Now all we need are tracks where overtaking is built in the design."

  59.  
    LAP 53

    It looks like Sebastian Vettel has this race in the bag as Jenson Button is not making any impression on the racer leader with less than 10 laps remaining. Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, is facing pressure from Paul di Resta in the Force India in the battle for third and fourth.

  60.  
    LAP 52

    Race control say that they will take no further action in the incident between Felipe Massa and Bruno Senna. The Brazilian's charge has halted somewhat as he can't quite find a way past the Lotus of Romain Grosjean in the battle for seventh.

  61.  
    LAP 51

    Mark Webber makes a move stick on Kamui Kobayashi, diving around the outside. Nico Hulkenberg fancies a bit of the action and makes a pass too, but closes the door on the Japanese driver and the two touch. Kobayashi breaks part of his front wing, while Hulkenberg suffers a puncture. Bad news all round.

  62.  
    LAP 50

    Red Bull tell Mark Webber that we are close to the two-hour limit so we're looking at a reduced race of 60 laps. Meanwhile, Sergio Perez loses part of his front wing as Nico Hulkenberg closes the door on the Sauber driver. Perez waves his hand in frustration.

  63.  
    LAP 49

    Felipe Massa has just taken four seconds out of Romain Grosjean on that last lap. The Brazilian is in a league of his own on those super-soft tyres. Expect some action between these two very soon with the gap just 0.7 seconds.

  64.  
    LAP 48

    Romain Grosjean is told that "Kimi is quicker, do not hold him up." The Lotus driver responds immediately by letting his team-mate Raikkonen past for sixth place. Every point counts in the championship battle.

  65.  

    Felipe Massa's race engineer over team radio: "Good lad, that's P8, P8 now."

  66.  
    LAP 47

    Jenson Button now sets the fastest lap of the race, but Sebastian Vettel is only a few thousandths slower to maintain a 1.8 second lead.

  67.  
    LAP 46

    Felipe Massa uses his last bit of Kers to make a move stick on the Toro Rosso of Daniel Ricciardo just before the Turn 10. Next man up the road is Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus.

  68.  
    LAP 46

    Felipe Massa is a man on a mission here. The Brazilian is on the super-soft tyres and absolutely flying. He's all over the back of Daniel Ricciardo.

    We're hearing that the stewards will investigate the incident between Massa and Bruno Senna after the race.

  69.  
    LAP 45

    Sebastian Vettel sets the fastest lap of the race to extend his lead at the front to 1.4 seconds. Jenson Button is second, a comfortable 3.6 seconds clear of Fernando Alonso in third.

  70.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Richard Dunbill on Twitter: "How did Massa and Senna not bring the safety car out again just then!?!?!?! Such exciting wheel to wheel racing!"

  71.  
    RACE UPDATE

    Vettel leads by 0.7secs. Button second. Hamilton out after gearbox failure. Schumacher out after smashing into back of Toro Rosso's Vergne. Karthikeyan hits wall. Safety car deployed twice. 1 Vettel 2 Button 3 Alonso 4 Di Resta 5 Rosberg 6 Grosjean 7 Raikkonen 8 Ricciardo 9 Massa 10 Senna.

  72.  
    LAP 44

    Bruno Senna squeezes Felipe Massa against the wall, but Massa keeps his foot on the gas and controls the car brilliantly to keep the car pointing in the right direction and make the move stick. That was for ninth place. Remarkable considering he was dead last and way off the back of the pack after a first lap puncture.

  73.  
    LAP 43

    We're back under way in Singapore...

  74.  

    Pastor Maldonado, who retired: "It was a very difficult weekend, we were managing quite well. We expected to be competitive in the race and then we got a hydraulic problem. The start was OK, but at the first corner on old tyres I ran wide. I was running well. I'm confident for the next race, we definitely have the potential for fighting for the best places."

  75.  
    LAP 42

    The marshals have done a good job clearing up that mess, and we're hearing that the safety car will be coming in this lap.

  76.  
    LAP 41

    The Jean-Eric Vergne and Michael Schumacher's retirements promote Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo up into seventh and eighth. Mark Webber and Nico Hulkenberg, meanwhile, use the opportunity of another safety car to pit for the final time.

  77.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "It looks like Michael was caught out by the lack of acceleration in front of him, Michael locked up and went straight into the back of Jean-Eric Vergne. Vergne and Perez just go in side-by-side into Turn 14 and the road ahead was just blocked."

  78.  
    LAP 40

    It looks like the safety car is on a two-stop strategy, as it finds itself out on track and leading this race for the second time in as many laps.

  79.  

    Michael Schumacher's race engineer over team radio: "What happened there? What happened there?"

  80.  
    LAP 39

    Oh dear. Michael Schumacher has crashed into the back of someone for the second year in succession. The Mercedes driver gets caught out by the de-acceleration of Jean-Eric Vergne and clatters into the back of the Toro Rosso.

  81.  
    LAP 39

    We're back racing under the lights in Singapore...

  82.  

    Caterham team on Twitter: "F1 cars are mega, obviously, but foot to the floor in the safety car around Singapore with the pack behind you must be absolutely immense."

  83.  
    LAP 39

    Heart in mouth moment as Jenson Button almost smashes into the back of Sebastian Vettel. The McLaren gets caught out by the reigning world champion who braked heavily and accelerated to get heat into his tyres.

  84.  
    LAP 38

    The safety car is still out as we wait for Pedro de la Rosa in the HRT to catch back up to the rear of the pack.

  85.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Mark Thomas on Twitter: "Turning into an interesting race, bad luck for @LewisHamilton but maybe @JensonButton can sneak past Vettel, go on JB."

  86.  
    LAP 37

    Next time around, Maldonado does indeed coast into the pits and retires that Williams. He receives a pat on the back from Toto Wolff, one of the team's influential shareholders.

  87.  
    LAP 36

    Despite the radio call, Maldonado remains out on track in 10th place, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne but trailing the Lotus of Romain Grosjean. Sebastian Vettel leads, behind the safety car, ahead of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. It looks like the carnage from Narain Karthikeyan's crash has been cleared up so the safety car should be in soon.

  88.  
    LAP 36

    There's more bad news for Pastor Maldonado who is informed by his race engineer over team radio: "We've got a hydraulic problem. We have to retire now."

  89.  
    LAP 35

    It looks like Fernando Alonso and Paul di Resta are the big winners here as they are up to third and fourth respectively. Pastor Maldonado is the big loser, dropping from third to 10th.

  90.  
    LAP 34

    It's chaos in the pit lane as a flurry of cars head into the pits, including Sebastian Vettel, our race leader, and Jenson Button. I suspect there are going to be a fair few position changes here. Just waiting for the field to catch up to the back of the safety car so we can work out who is where. But we think Raikkonen has gained places.

  91.   
    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "The pit lane is going to start getting busy now, they'll want to get back into line as quickly as they can to keep their places."

  92.  

    Narain Karthikeyan over team radio: "Turn 18, I hit the wall. Something's broken."

  93.  
    LAP 34

    Narain Karthikeyan crashes into the wall in the tunnel under the grandstand to bring out the safety car.

  94.  
    LAP 33

    Brilliant battle between Pastor Maldonado and Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard is feeling pretty brave, getting alongside the Williams driver, but Maldonado refuses to give in and defends his position robustly.

  95.  
    LAP 32

    There's a train of cars forming behind the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg. The German is holding up Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado and Fernando Alonso who are all running in close proximity.

  96.  

    McLaren on Twitter: "We have had a gearbox failure Lewis. Brilliant driving until then. We'll have to look forward to the next one."

  97.  
    LAP 31

    Mark Webber is told that he needs to cut through some two-stopping traffic - which is Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Hulkenberg. The Red Bull driver has plenty of work to do this afternoon.

  98.  
    LAP 29

    Pastor Maldonado and Fernando Alonso - with just 1.7 seconds splitting them - enter the pits from third and fourth respectively. The Williams crew are slower, but they just manage to get Maldonado out in front. Interestingly, Maldonado has gone for the super-softs but Alonso has plumped for the softs. That means Maldonado will have to pit again, but Alonso may be able to get to the end.

  99.  

    Sergio Perez's race engineer over team radio: "Checo, I would suggest you increase your speed or your tyres will drop out of the temperature window and we'll lose them."

  100.  
    LAP 28

    Mark Webber heads in for a set of the super-soft tyres. With over 30 laps remaining, those tyres are unlikely to last until the end so he has essentially committed to a three-stop strategy.

  101.  
    LAP 27

    Romain Grosjean is all over the back of Nico Rosberg's Mercedes, but the Frenchman can't find a way past. Just behind the pair, Michael Schumacher is starting to catch them, albeit only by a couple of tenths a lap.

  102.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Grayham Clements on Twitter:‏ "I'd be doing my nut if I was Hamilton #sortitoutmclaren."

    Myuniverse1234 on Twitter: "So McLaren risked a damaged car over a fresh gearbox, I know track position is important but again..."

    MadameGarlick on Twitter: "Absolutely gutted for #Lewis had an amazing race up to now - huge disappointment. Admire his composure & maturity."

  103.  
    LAP 26

    Sebastian Vettel increases his lead over Jenson Button to 3.5 seconds at the front, with Pastor Maldonado just about staying in touch in third, 2.7 seconds further back.

  104.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Craig Howard on Twitter: "How do you pick yourself up after that? Gutted for @LewisHamilton who was having the perfect weekend."

  105.  
    LAP 25

    Sebastian Vettel is our new leader in Singapore, leading Jenson Button by three seconds with Pastor Maldonado now in third. Fernando Alonso is up to fourth ahead of Paul di Resta and Mark Webber.

  106.  
    LAP 24

    Lewis Hamilton's race engineer: "We have a gearbox failure. I'm sorry, we did everything we could yesterday."

  107.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "We haven't seen what led up to that, but everything looks intact with the car. That's a pure mechancical failure, he's done everyting right so far this weekend. He looks so disappointed, shaking his head. You've got to feel for Lewis Hamilton."

  108.  
    LAP 23

    It's an absolute nightmare for McLaren and Lewis Hamilton's championship hopes. The 2008 world champion had this race under control, but it appears he's lost drive. He tries desperately to select a gear, but he can't get out of neutral.

  109.  
    LAP 23

    LEWIS HAMILTON IS OUT OF THE SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX

  110.  

    Sauber on Twitter: "Ricciardo in front of #Checo with soft tyres seven laps older than Checo's. Go and get him."

  111.  
    LAP 22

    Fernando Alonso is in fifth, the same place in which he started, but he's now lapping eight tenths quicker than Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel up front. The Spaniard is only 11 seconds off the leader and still very much in this race.

  112.  
    LAP 21

    Bruno Senna is having an impressive race. The Brazilian started 22nd, but he's up to 12th now and catching Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen in 10th and 11th respectively.

  113.   
    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "Jenson Button came in on lap 15 so it looks as though McLaren are doing a two-stop for him."

  114.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Carme on Twitter: "I feel sorry for Felipe Massa. Hasn't had the best of luck since his accident. Will be interesting to see where he ends up next year."

  115.  
    LAP 19

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson says that McLaren have a big decision to make with Lewis Hamilton. He's right in the middle of a two and three stop strategy with Sebastian Vettel taking little bits of time out of him each lap. What will they do?

  116.  
    LAP 18

    Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez head into the pits for their first stop of the afternoon. It's another set of softs for both of them, which means they'll do one final stint on the faster super-soft tyres.

  117.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Ian on Twitter: "So Hamilton has to look after his tyres and keep Vettel behind him. Getting interesting."

  118.  
    LAP 17

    Sergio Perez is really struggling on those soft tyres as he has yet to stop. He can do nothing to prevent Red Bull's Mark Webber diving through to pinch eighth place.

  119.  
    RACE UPDATE

    Hamilton leads by 1.3secs. Vettel second after he overtakes Maldonado at the start. Button up to third. Massa down the field after a puncture. Contact between the Caterhams. No retirements so far. 1 Hamilton 2 Vettel 3 Button 4 Maldonado 5 Hulkenberg 6 Alonso 7 Perez 8 Di Resta 9 Webber 10 Rosberg.

  120.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "Crucially Vettel is taking three tenths out of Lewis Hamilton on each lap, so it's looking like Vettel is feeling more comfortable now he's burned some fuel off. These cars become more responsive when fuel disappears and makes it easier for the drivers to make their tyres last."

  121.  
    LAP 16

    Lewis Hamilton leads Sebastian Vettel by 1.5 seconds, with Jenson Button around four seconds further back. Pastor Maldonado remains fourth, 2.7 seconds clear of Nico Hulkenberg who has yet to stop.

  122.  

    Fernando Alonso's race engineer over team radio: "Bellisimo."

  123.  
    LAP 15

    Jenson Button rejoins the race in third, but appears to be close to Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in front. Further back Fernando Alonso uses his Kers to put a move on Sergio Perez, who has yet to stop, for seventh.

  124.  

    Along with live TV coverage of the race above, for desktop users we see the return of the On Board, Driver Tracker and Live Pitlane cameras, as well as Alternative Commentary (with James Allen and Jaime Alguersuari) and Live Timing. Enjoy!

  125.  
    LAP 14

    Sebastian Vettel sets the fastest lap of the race, as he closes the gap to Lewis Hamilton to 2.1 seconds. Meanwhile, Jenson Button pits from the lead.

  126.  
    LAP 13

    Crucially, Lewis Hamilton rejoins the track ahead of Sebastian Vettel and the rest of the traffic. Vettel puts a move on Kimi Raikkonen, with the aid of DRS, to move up to seventh and then passes Nico Hulkenberg's Force India for sixth.

  127.  
    LAP 12

    Jenson Button's smooth driving style seems to be paying dividends as he closes the gap between him and Lewis Hamilton from 6.5 seconds to 3.5. The McLaren driver then takes the lead as Hamilton pits.

  128.  

    Lewis Hamilton over team radio: "Guys I've got a funny feeling with these tyres."

  129.  
    LAP 11

    Vettel wastes little time in dispatching with Sergio Perez as he tries to avoid losing too much time in the traffic. Next up the road is Nico Hulkenberg in the Force India. Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, has pitted from fifth for a fresh set of boots.

  130.  
    LAP 10

    Sebastian Vettel has dived in for a fresh set of boots and rejoined behind the Sauber of Sergio Perez. Lewis Hamilton has decided to stay out, but is lapping a couple of seconds slower than he was in the opening few laps.

  131.  
    LAP NINE

    Bruno Senna is all over the back of the Toro Rosso of Daniel Ricciardo, but he can't find a way past. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton is told that he's the window for his first pit stop...

  132.   
    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore

    "Interesting timing for Webber's stop - one engineer from a rival team was suggesting earlier that Red Bull would use him as a guinea pig for Vettel, stopping him early and running a three-stop to get a sense of how the tyres were working. Looks like that's what might have happened."

  133.   
    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "I don't understand the Webber stop, a couple of laps on good tyres now makes so much difference down the line. His last lap time was his best one so far so why bring him in on good tyres? It doesn't make sense."

  134.  
    LAP EIGHT

    Bruno Senna begins his recovery with a move on Heikki Kovalainen for 16th place. Meanwhile, Mark Webber has pitted already. The Australian has chosen a set of soft tyres and rejoined behind the Marussia of Charles Pic.

  135.  
    LAP SEVEN

    Sergio Perez is told by his team that he can expect those in front - the two Mercedes and Kimi Raikkonen - are likely to stop soon because they're on the super-soft tyres, while Perez is on the more durable soft.

  136.  
    LAP SIX

    There will be no further action taken by the stewards with regards the cars cutting the corner at the first corner. "That's almost certainly the right thing to do," said BBC co-commentator David Coulthard.

  137.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "The thing that will be dominating the drivers minds is how hard do they push on these tyres. They don't want to make a mistake that will cost them the race this early on."

  138.  
    LAP FIVE

    Lewis Hamilton sets the fastest lap of the race to extend his lead the front to 1.7 seconds from Sebastian Vettel. Jenson Button is struggling to keep pace with those two, lapping around eight tenths slower than his McLaren team-mate.

  139.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Juliet Palfrey on Twitter: "Tasty battle between Lewis and Vettel in store."

  140.  

    Michael Schumacher's race engineer over team radio: "Raikkonen has RFA [DRS] and we need to cool the car, cool the car."

  141.  
    LAP FOUR

    Apart from Pastor Maldonado dropping back at the start, it's as you were for most of the rest of the top 10. Michael Schumacher has dropped back behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in 10th.

  142.  
    LAP THREE

    Bad news for Romain Grosjean, his team tell him that they have no telemetry which means it's down to the driver to keep the team informed. That's the same problem that Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso had last time out in Italy.

  143.  
    LAP TWO

    Replays show that Fernando Alonso actually bogged down at the start which saw the field bunch up behind him. As a result, there was traffic at the first corner and plenty of drivers, including Nico Rosberg, cut the first corner and rejoined the track. The stewards will have to assess whether they were forced to do so and/or gained an advantage.

  144.  
    LAP TWO

    Heikki Kovalainen head into the pits without his front wing. I think he says he touched Caterham team-mate Vitaly Petrov at the start. Meanwhile, further behind, Felipe Massa makes it back to the pits with that puncture. The Brazilian has not had much luck at this circuit.

  145.  

    Ferrari on Twitter: "Not a good start. Fernando is Still P5. Felipe has a puncture."

  146.  
    LAP ONE

    Lewis Hamilton cross the line to lead by 1.221 seconds from Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button. Pastor Maldonado is fourth, holding the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso at bay in fifth.

  147. 1305: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    A beautiful start from Lewis Hamilton who blasts away from pole position and stays well clear of Pastor Maldonado as they negotiate the first corner. It gets worse for Maldonado as Sebastian Vettel and then Jenson Button pass the Williams driver.

  148. 1303: 

    The cars have lined up. Now we wait for the five lights...

  149.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "Why is sitting on your bum in a racing car physically challenging? Imagine sitting on an exercise bike in a sauna while wearing your ski gear and your mind will be there."

  150.   
    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "Mercedes have gone for the super soft but they can use a new spare set that they haven't use and that's when they have the extra grip and can move up quicker. I would have gone for two different strategies today instead. The faster solution is a two-stop. Rear tyre degradation is the most likely thing that could happen, so most will do three stops for safety."

  151. 1302: 

    Michael Schumacher's race engineer Jock Clear tells him: "Michael, your diff is very loose, so you have a lot of scope for tightening it up as the rears go away, which is good."

  152. 1302: 

    Interestingly, Mercedes - who dipped out off setting a lap time in Q3 - have decided to start both cars on the super-softs. They were expected to start on the more durable soft tyre.

  153.  

    Ferrari on Twitter: "Air temperature is 32C and track 35C. That's hotter than yesterday evening in Q3."

  154. 1300: 

    The cars have pulled away from their grid slow to begin the formation lap, with Lewis Hamilton leading Pastor Maldonado into Turn One.

  155.   
    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore

    "The other big mystery heading into the race is that the pace differential between the drivers in their race-simulation runs was quite large - and the order was different to that in qualifying. Lewis Hamilton was still fastest, but Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were next up, and Sebastian Vettel slower than them again. But it's anyone's guess whether that pace will be same in the race. It could all switch around again."

  156. 1258: 

    Here's another reminder of how they line up:

    1) Hamilton 2) Maldonado 3) Vettel 4) Button 5) Alonso 6) Di Resta 7) Webber 8) Grosjean 9) Schumacher 10) Rosberg

    11) Hulkenberg 12) Raikkonen 13) Massa 14) Perez 15) Ricciardo 16) Vergne 17) Kobayashi

    18) Petrov 19) Kovalainen 20) Glock 21) Pic 22) Senna* 23) Karthikeyan 24) De la Rosa

    *Bruno Senna has been demoted five places for a gearbox change.

  157.   
    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore

    "All grands prix are a step into the unknown, strategy-wise, but this one is more than most. In theory, it should be a two-stop race, but tyre degradation in the heat coupled with the long pit-stop time (28 seconds) means it could easily be a three. There's a high possibility of a safety car, too. If a driver can get out to 15 laps from the start, he'll probably make a two-stop work, but depending on the race, you might be able to make it work from about lap 10. The issue then is the likelihood of coming out behind a driver going longer on the harder 'soft' tyre - which at least one of the Mercedes is likely to do. That could ruin a driver's race."

  158. 1255: 

    BBC co-commentator David Coulthard reminds us that this race has a 100% safety car record - there's been at least one at every race since its debut in 2008. That should keep things interesting. Who do you think will cause it? Tweet using the #bbcf1 hashtag or text 81111 (UK only).

  159.   
    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore

    "Mercedes introduced a major upgrade for this race, with an exhaust design similar to those on the McLaren and Ferrari, blowing gases at the inside of the rear wheels in an attempt to improve rear downforce and grip. There was no obvious evidence the car was faster - Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg scraped into the top 10 but elected not to set a time to give themselves free tyre choice for the race. But team boss Ross Brawn said it was right to introduce it so the team could build up a knowledge base for next year. He said: "It'll take a few races before we understand how to use it. We'll be in better shape for the next race and the race after.'"

  160. 1250: 

    Red Bull's Mark Webber, who starts seventh, says he needs a "nice, clean lap" at the start and then see how it goes from there. The Australian adds that he think the race will be a two or three stop, but they'll have to wait and see how the tyres react.

  161.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Andrew Harrison on Twitter: "RIP Professor Sid Watkins, the unsung hero of Formula 1."

    Will Clarke on Twitter: "RIP Prof! Sid Watkins you kept this sport alive."

    Steph Curtin on Twitter: "RIP Sid, thank you for making F1 as safe as it is today."

    Shell X on Twitter: "Touching tribute to The Prof, Sid Watkins. A lot of drivers wouldn't be around because of him. Legend."

  162.   
    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore

    "Lotus driver Romain Grosjean had an eventful return from his one-race ban, throwing away a chance of a top three or four grid slot with an over-aggressive lap in the top 10 shoot-out. The Franco-Swiss had been fourth in second qualifying but on his final lap had a big slide in Turn Nine and then locked up badly at the chicane. The team, who thought they might even have had a shot at pole, were not happy. But Grosjean tried to shrug it off. Of bigger concern to his rivals will be whether he has learned the lesson from his ban, for causing the first-corner pile-up at the Belgian Grand Prix, and on the back of six other first-lap incidents this year. Red Bull's Mark Webber is alongside him on row four. 'He knows I've got a good right hook on me, so he'll stay away from me,' the Australian said, only half-joking. 'He better put his sneakers on if he hits me.'"

  163. 1245: 

    The whole F1 fraternity has assembled on the grid for a minute's silence to remember Professor Sid Watkins who died last week.

  164. 1240: 

    Red Bull design guru Adrian Newey says the team were disappointed Sebastian Vettel qualified third after the pace he had shown in all three practice sessions. "The car was good in practice and then in Q3 it just didn't happen. We felt we could have done the same time as Lewis but it wasn't to be."

  165.  

    Mercedes boss Ross Brawn: "No one knows how the tyres will behave because the conditions have changed so much since Friday."

  166.   
    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore

    "Force India's Paul di Resta continued his impressive form with sixth place on the grid, equalling his best qualifying position of the year. The Scot was competitive on Friday, but complained mightily about his car after some overnight changes on Saturday morning. A back-to-basics approach for Saturday brought dividends, and Di Resta delivered a peach of a lap, just under a second off the flying Lewis Hamilton. He's hopeful he'll be able to hold on to that position in the race. Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg - who was closely matched with Di Resta for most of the weekend, as he has been all season - found his final qualifying run compromised by having to let by a load of faster cars on his 'out-lap'. After that, his tyres were not up to temperature and pressure. He starts 11th, but should be expected to make some progress."

  167.  
    GET INVOLVED

    John Tudor on Twitter: "Good to see a Williams on the front row, it's just like the old days, but hoping Jenson will turn his fourth into a win."

  168.  

    Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi: "We struggled with the car, we need some confidence from the car and hopefully we've got that today. Without confidence when you're next to the wall is terrible. We had to improve and hopefully this setting will prove to be good. Starting from 18th means we will have lots of tyres."

  169. 1234: 

    Jake, EJ and DC have headed out onto the grid. Let's see who they can corner for a quick chat...

  170. 1230: 

    The pit lane is open, which means it's only 30 minutes until the race starts. Mechanics from various teams pull trolleys loaded with gear through the gaps in the pit wall and line up alongside the grid, waiting for their charge to drive the car round.

  171.   
    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore

    "Fernando Alonso is mighty around Singapore, and the world championship leader has been driving his Ferrari aggressively and cleanly all weekend. Problem is that, contrary to its driver's expectations, his car has simply not been quick enough. He admitted this was a 'bad surprise'. 'We need to maximise points,' he said, 'finish the race, which is not easy because it is very demanding from the mechanical side, suspension, temperatures, brakes, gearbox, everything will be struggling tomorrow and a lot of concentration from the driver point of view and if someone wins the race and is much faster than us we congratulate them and think for the next one.' He said he 'cannot win with the pace we have now' but his race-simulation run on Friday was strong. Don't count him out."

  172.  

    Caterham driver Heikki Kovalainen: "If we can beat Lewis [Hamilton] it would be pretty cool! We have to stay ahead of the Marussia's and we need to stay out of trouble too, it's a very difficult race."

  173. 1227: 

    Heikki Kovalainen just gave Caterham their first victory - on the new Formula 1 computer game that is. The Finn went up against Lewis Hamilton and Bruno Senna with the trio switching with a team member mid-way through the race. Senna finished second, Hamilton a long way third after his engineer spun.

  174.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Sarah Forsyth on Twitter: "Wonder if the other drivers are nervous with Pastor Maldonado on the front row... Careful now!"

  175.   
    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore

    "Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel have struggled, in relative terms, in the last two races, but it was no surprise to see the world champion back on the pace on a high-downforce circuit where he has finished first and second in the last two years. What was a surprise was that after a very strong weekend, in which he was nip-and-tuck with Hamilton throughout, he suddenly lost pace in final qualifying and ended up third - more than half a second adrift. 'We didn't have the same grip and couldn't convert it into lap time,' he said, and even the team's brilliant chief technical officer Adrian Newey was scratching his head as to what had happened. Vettel, though, will doubtless be a serious threat for victory. 'The target is to win, I think we are quick enough to do so,' he said."

  176. 1224: 
    THE GRID

    1) Hamilton 2) Maldonado 3) Vettel 4) Button 5) Alonso 6) Di Resta 7) Webber 8) Grosjean 9) Schumacher 10) Rosberg

    11) Hulkenberg 12) Raikkonen 13) Massa 14) Perez 15) Ricciardo 16) Vergne 17) Kobayashi

    18) Petrov 19) Kovalainen 20) Glock 21) Pic 22) Senna* 23) Karthikeyan 24) De la Rosa

    *Bruno Senna has been demoted five places for a gearbox change.

  177.  

    Williams driver Pastor Maldonado: "It is going to be a difficult race but we are looking forward to doing our best. The track has improved so we are really hoping to have a great weekend. Anything can happen at the start, we'll see what happens there but we're looking for a great start. We are looking for a consistent race at the beginning until the very end."

  178. 1220: 

    There were some strong performances from the midfield runners in qualifying with Pastor Maldonado hooking up the three sectors up perfectly to qualify a superb second, his best qualifying slot since he was on pole in Spain - and he went on to take his debut victory there. Unfortunately, the Williams driver has yet to score since.

  179.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "Having looked at Lewis Hamilton's lap the BBC suite it was a flawless lap. There was everything we're used to seeing, he took the max out of it and it was arguably his best performance in qualifying."

  180.   
    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore

    "Jenson Button has been in Hamilton's shadow all weekend - a theme repeated at Red Bull, where Mark Webber has been no match for Sebastian Vettel. Button is only three places behind Hamilton the grid - but the margin between them was nearly 0.6secs. Button says he has been struggling to string a whole lap together on the demanding Marina Bay Circuit, which at 3.15 miles is long for a street circuit of this difficulty.

    "He has also been in more trouble with degrading rear tyres than others. This phenomenon will affect everyone to some degree in the race, but it is not a good sign for the 2009 world champion. 'You can still overtake,' he said. 'I hope we've improved balance, because we are struggling with high degradation. Even being a gentle as I could.' But McLaren sporting director Sam Michael said Button's race-simulation run on Friday had been 'very strong', and he expects him to race strongly."

  181. 1217: 
    CONSTRUCTORS' STANDINGS

    1) Red Bull 272 points

    2) McLaren 243

    3) Ferrari 226

    4) Lotus 217

    5) Mercedes 126

    6) Sauber 100

  182. 1216: 
    DRIVERS' STANDINGS

    1) Alonso (Ferrari) 179 points

    2) Hamilton (McLaren) 142

    3) Raikkonen (Lotus) 141

    4) Vettel (Red Bull) 140

    5) Webber (Red Bull) 132

    6) Button (McLaren) 101

  183. 1214: 

    Fernando Alonso is the championship leader, but he struggled for pace in qualifying and could only qualify fifth, behind rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel but ahead of Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus. Here's how they stand ahead of the Singapore GP...

  184.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "It's bizarre that the only true night race we have turns out to be one of the hottest and toughest on the calendar."

  185. 1210: 

    The sound of Fleetwood Mac's The Chain rings out on BBC One which can only mean one thing. The Singapore Grand Prix is almost upon on. Buckle up, it's going to be a bumpy ride...

  186.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Tom Derbyshire on Twitter: "I'd go for Vettel, Alonso, Button. I want Hamilton to win but he needs to avoid the crazy Maldonado."

  187. 1206: 
    FORM GUIDE

    A quick look at the winners so far this season:

    Australia - Jenson Button (McLaren) Malaysia - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) China - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) Bahrain - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) Spain - Pastor Maldonado (Williams) Monaco - Mark Webber (Red Bull) Canada - Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) Europe - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) Britain - Mark Webber (Red Bull) Germany - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) Hungary - Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) Belgium - Jenson Button (McLaren) Italy - Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)

  188.   
    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore

    "Lewis Hamilton has looked very good all weekend and he duly starts from his third pole in four races. From there, he should be able to control a race that in three of its four iterations so far has been won from pole position. But his biggest concern is perhaps the man alongside him - Williams's Pastor Maldonado, one of the wild men of F1, with whom Hamilton has had a bit of 'previous'. Maldonado has been given seven penalties for driving incidents this year but at the last race in Italy did admit he would be trying to change his approach. Nevertheless, Hamilton is aware of the issue. 'There are some interesting characters around me,' he said, 'so I've got to be very cautious.' A gesture he made when he was chatting to Sebastian Vettel in the post-qualifying news conference made it clear Hamilton intends to make a good start and be far enough ahead that trouble can't find him."

  189. 1202: 
    FAST FACT

    The Singapore Grand Prix is the second slowest of the year (after Monaco) and one of the longest on the calendar - the four races to have taken place in Singapore have all run to within five minutes of the two-hour mark.

  190.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Toby Summerfield on Twitter: "McLaren 1-2 with Lewis taking victory and Alonso in 3rd. Something will happen with Maldonado and Vettel with be on receiving end."

  191. 1158: 
    GET INVOLVED

    It's time for this week's edition of Lawro's Podium Predictions where I name my top three and then you tell me why I'm completely wrong and suggest your own trio with a reason for those choices.

    I can't see anyone other than Lewis Hamilton taking victory, but I do fancy Sebastian Vettel to nip into second and Fernando Alonso to salvage third. Tweet us using the #bbcf1 hashtag or text 81111 (UK only).

  192.   
    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore

    "Lewis Hamilton produced one of the best laps of the season on Saturday to take pole by more than half a second. McLaren sporting director Sam Michael said it was a 'fantastic' lap. Red Bull driver Mark Webber's word was 'phenomenal'. Where was Hamilton gaining the time? 'Pretty much everywhere,' Michael said. 'A lot of the secret around here is tyre warm-up and prep for qualifying and once you get that right in the race it's around every corner. There's no one area that stands out - it's just a little bit everywhere. If he can maintain that for the race he'll be very strong. To be honest, Lewis has been on it all the way through Monza and here. He's fantastic to work with and he's put a lot of effort into this grand prix both at the factory before we came here and this weekend. He's fully committed. Lewis is really on it. He's a pleasure to work with at the moment.'"

  193. 1154: 

    In other news, Eddie Jordan will be conducting the post-race interviews on the podium today, which might go someway to explaining his incredible shirt of choice. Handily, Andrew Benson has snapped a shot of him, but if you want to be surprised when the coverage starts, don't click the link.

  194. 1151: 

    So here's the plan for today. Jake, EJ - who is wearing a quite remarkable shirt, even by his standards, today - and DC will hit your screens on BBC One and BBC One HD at 1210 BST. The lights are set to go out at 1300.

  195.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Suzanne Kennedy on Twitter: "FIA need to reconsider the "gearbox penalty" for the future. It's unfair. A new gearbox wouldn't give you a five-place advantage anyway."

  196. 1147: 

    Williams have announced that Bruno Senna has changed his gearbox as a result of a crash in qualifying yesterday and will therefore incur a five-place grid penalty. He will start 22nd.

  197. 1145: 
    FAST FACT

    McLaren have won the last three races. The last time they won four in a row was in 2005 when they had a run of six successive victories with Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya - Hungary, Turkey, Italy, Belgium, Brazil and Japan.

  198.   
    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore

    "Stand by for one of the best grands prix of the year. The Singapore race looks lovely. The cars glisten gorgeously under the lights, the track is lined by coloured lanterns and the Singapore skyline creates a multi-coloured, futuristic back drop. But the race itself is probably the most demanding on the calendar. Nearly two hours in overwhelming heat and humidity, on a bumpy street circuit between unforgiving concrete walls is as tough a test as any. 'It's going to be a tough race,' says McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who starts from pole. 'It's roasting. It's 30-something degrees and the humidity is high, we're in these long (fireproof) tops, suit on and balaclava, we're sweating like crazy. I'm drinking four or five litres a day or something silly like that.'"

  199. 1142: 

    Lewis Hamilton was in sensational form in qualifying on Saturday, nailing a brilliant effort on his first timed lap which proved unbeatable for the rest of the session. Pastor Maldonado lines up alongside him in second - and considering their history together, the start could get interesting...

  200. 1139: 
    SINGAPORE BY NUMBERS

    Venue: Marina Bay Street Circuit Laps: 61 Circuit length: 5.073km Race distance: 309.316km Number of corners: 23 (14 left/9 right) Average lap speed: 157kph Full throttle per lap: 71% Safety cars since debut in 2008: 4 Lap record: 1:45.599 (Kimi Raikkonen, 2008)

  201. 1136: 

    On Saturday, Singapore GP organisers finally agreed a deal with Bernie Ecclestone to extend the sport's stay in the country until 2017. It was a no-brainer really as Ecclestone himself conceded that he is very happy with the race which made it "difficult to negotiate".

  202. 1133: 

    Welcome, one and all, to the Singapore Grand Prix. Monaco may be considered the most glamorous race of them all, but the Singapore event - in only it's fifth year - is already right up there trying to knock the famous race of its perch.

  203. 1130: 

    Each year in May, a 38,000 square metre shed, tucked away in eastern Singapore, is unlocked and emptied. Four months later, the city centre has lined with 1,600 light projectors ready to host to the Singapore Grand Prix. A month later, the Marina Bay area is almost unrecognisable as the shed is filled back up and locked. Quite a remarkable achievement - and one which we hope will deliver another spectacular night time grand prix.

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 61
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 50
3 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 28
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 26
5 Great Britain J Button McLaren 23
6 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 23
7 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 20
8 Finland V Bottas Williams 18
9 Mexico S Perez Force India 16
10 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 12
11 Brazil F Massa Williams 12
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 7
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 4
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 3
15 France R Grosjean Lotus 0
16 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
17 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
18 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia 0
19 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0
20 France J Bianchi Marussia 0
21 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 0
22 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham 0

Results

Position Driver Team

Second practice completed. Final practice is live tomorrow at 03.55 on 5 live sports extra.

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
3 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes
4 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
5 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
6 Brazil F Massa Williams
7 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren
9 France R Grosjean Lotus
10 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
11 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
12 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
14 Finland V Bottas Williams
15 Mexico S Perez Force India
16 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber
17 Germany A Sutil Sauber
18 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
19 France J Bianchi Marussia
20 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
21 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham
22 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham