Singapore Grand Prix as it happened

Live text and video highlights of the Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay, where Sebastian Vettel has won.

22 September 2013 Last updated at 16:33

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As it happened

  1. 1625: 
    Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel was a class act on the streets of Singapore. The reigning world champion cruised to his third successive victory and 33rd of his career. The title should be a mere formality and he could claim it as early as the Indian Grand Prix at the end of October.

    But let's not forget Sebastian Vettel overcame a 42-point deficit to Fernando Alonso to win the title last year so why can't Alonso do the same this year? The Spaniard is doing everything he can to keep his nose in the hunt with another superb drive to second today. Maybe he'll go one better next time out in Korea. Until then, it's good afternoon from me. See ya!

  2. 1619: 

    It's time for me to take my leave. Thanks, as always, for your company and contributions. I'll be back in a couple of weeks to bring you live coverage of first practice for the Korean Grand Prix at the eye-watering time of 0130 BST on Friday 4 October.

  3. 1612: 

    We'll also have all the reaction from the Singapore paddock on the BBC F1 pages throughout the afternoon. The post-race thoughts of Gary Anderson and David Coulthard will follow on Monday as usual.

  4. 1607: 

    There will be highlights of the Singapore Grand Prix, which saw some thrilling racing in the closing stages, on BBC One and BBC One HD at 1700 BST. If you're too busy watching the Manchester derby, you can always catch them on the BBC iPlayer later on.

  5. 1602: 
    Daniel Ricciardo

    Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo on his crash which brought out the safety car: "The crash was my error, trying to make up for lost ground. At the start, my car just seemed to sit there without moving off the line. It was very frustrating to lose so many places right away.

    "Maybe at the end I was just trying to get too much out of it and made that mistake. It's a delicate corner with not much run-off and I went too deep into the apex.

    "I then braked a bit harder, locked a wheel and went into the wall. It's not a mistake I'm used to making. I will learn from this."

  6. 1555: 

    Everywhere David Beckham goes, a gaggle of people follow. It's like a swarm of bees making its way down the paddock which gets in the way of the team members who are busy packing up after a long weekend.

  7.  

    Williams development driver Susie Wolff: Exciting race in the end. Webber is just so unlucky. Pastor drove a great race. Valtteri clutch problem then debris in the front wing.

  8. 1550: 
    Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber

    Here's my snap of the day, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso pulling into the pit lane with Mark Webber perched on his sidepod after he picked the Australian, who had retired with engine failure.

  9.  

    Mercedes AMG: Meanwhile, in a spot of post-race celeb spotting, Sir Tom Jones is now shooting the breeze with David Beckham! #SurrealSingapore

  10. 1545: 

    Away from the race, Caterham announced that they will continue to use Renault engines for at least the next three years. Red Bull and Toro Rosso will also be powered by the French manufacturer next season. Lotus have yet to announce their plans, but are likely to stick with them too.

  11. 1540: 

    In the constructors' championship, Red Bull are on 377 points and lead Ferrari by 103 with Mercedes eight further back. Lotus are fourth on 206.

  12. 1535: 
    Fernando Alonso, Christian Horner, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen

    Sebastian Vettel now leads the drivers' championship by 60 points from Fernando Alonso, with Lewis Hamilton 36 further back. There are just 150 points remaining. If Vettel keeps winning, and Alonso keeps coming second, Vettel could win the title in India, in three races time.

  13.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Kate Dobson: As much as I'm frustrated by Vettel's dominance & unimpressed by his past tactics; the booing is embarrassing and shameful.

    Pitesh Mistry: I don't think the crowd seem to be happy when Vettel was talking on the podium.....then again no surprise really.

    Richard Baker: Vettel will never live down what he did to Webber and will continue to get booed. Personally I think he deserves it.

  14. 1530: 
    SINGAPORE GP RESULT

    1) Vettel 2) Alonso 3) Raikkonen 4) Rosberg 5) Hamilton 6) Massa 7) Button 8) Perez 9) Hulkenberg 10) Sutil

    11) Maldonado 12) Gutierrez 13) Bottas 14) Vergne 15) Webber 16) Van der Garde 17) Chilton 18) Bianchi 19) Pic 20) Di Resta

    Not classified: Grosjean and Ricciardo

  15.  
    Sebastian Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel: "To be honest I am not looking at the championship too much. I am just enjoying it at the moment, days like today and yesterday are what it is all about.

    "Like I said these things don't happen by accident, it is down to a lot of hard work from the team."

  16. 1526: 

    The crowd start booing as Sebastian Vettel is asked a final question. Martin Brundle says: "Please don't do that, that's not correct." Vettel adds in jest: "They're on tour, they go around on a bus."

  17.  

    Kimi Raikkonen, who finished third, on how much his back problem bothered him: "Luckily not to much but now afterwards it is not feeling too good but it's doesn't matter as we have two weeks now to get it right.

    "I think I had OK speed and I could overtake people so I just kept the pressure on and I managed to pull away and thankfully no one managed to catch me."

  18.  

    Fernando Alonso, who finished second: "It was a fun start and we knew we didn't have the pace today so we had to invent something with a different strategy from the other teams. It paid off at the end.

    "We are in a position in the championship where we have nothing to lose. We pushed, the car performed well and the fans pushed us too."

  19.  

    Race winner Sebastian Vettel: "The start was quite hairy, Nico had a better start than me but thankfully he went a bit too deep and I was able to recover which was very important. The car was incredible and it was a pleasure to drive it round this crazy track.

    "This is a long race so there are a lot of things that can go wrong so you can't afford to lean back. At the end I was just controlling the gap. It was hard work out there but we like it because it is one of the most challenging tracks."

  20. 1518: 

    Sebastian Vettel is getting booed again as he is interviewed on the podium.

  21.  

    Mercedes: Ross Brawn - The safety car came out at exactly the wrong time for us. We felt it was too soon to go for the rest of the race on one set of tyres. It was right on the cusp and we saw it was marginal for other cars."

  22.  

    Sauber F1 Team: P10 for #Hulk. Fighting like a lion. well done. great effort of the whole team. proud! #SauberHappy

  23.  

    Sahara Force India: Adrian crosses the line in P10 - one point brought to the team! Big scrap at the end with HUL and the McLarens but sadly we ran out of laps.

  24. 1513: 

    Nico Rosberg finished fourth ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Jenson Button, Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg with Adrian Sutil taking the final point in 10th.

  25. 1512: 

    The organisers have just opened up the track, sparking a rush by fans to try and get a good vantage point under the podium. Kimi Raikkonen is the first man out, followed by Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.

  26. 1510: 

    Red Bull boss Christian Horner will join Sebastian Vettel on the podium as the team's representative for the winning constructor. During the pre-podium chat, Vettel asks Horner what happened to Mark Webber. He replied that it was a loss of water pressure.

  27. 1509: 

    So Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen make up the podium - a trio of world champions.

  28. 1508: 

    Nice touch by Fernando Alonso to stop his Ferrari on the slow down lap to pick up his mate Mark Webber and give him a lift back to the pits in scenes reminiscent of the 1991 British Grand Prix when Nigel Mansell did the same for Ayrton Senna.

  29.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "The conspiracy theorists will say why does it always happen to Mark Webber and not on Sebastian Vettel's car. But why are some drivers luckier than others? Some never seem to have mechanical problems."

  30.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel: "Thanks guys, the car felt absolutely fantastic. This is a team effort, this doesn't by accident it's all about the whole team."

  31. 1506: 

    The Singapore organisers unleash an awesome fireworks display as Sebastian Vettel crosses the line to take his seventh victory of the season.

  32.  
    CHEQUERED FLAG
    Singapore GP

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel wins the Singapore Grand Prix.

  33.  
    LAP 61

    "I've lost power," says Mark Webber. Felipe Massa passes the ailing Red Bull who then pulls over into retirement. Miserable scenes for the Australian who looked mighty in the closing stages of that race.

  34.  
    LAP 61

    Mark Webber is in all sorts of trouble as Nico Rosberg sniffs blood and sucks in the Red Bull. Rosberg passes him, as does Lewis Hamilton. Webber down to sixth not. "In trouble mate," reports Webber. "OK mate, keep boxing."

  35.  
    LAP 60

    Sebastian Vettel starts his penultimate lap with a 26.4 second lead over Fernando Alonso, with Kimi Raikkonen third, 14 seconds further back.

  36.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Andrew Priestley: After the first 50 laps were nothing short of a yawn-fest, these drivers have suddenly woken up and are actually racing each other!

  37.  
    LAP 59

    Mark Webber is warned again to short-shift and keep the revs low. The Australian responds and drops to eight seconds behind Kimi Raikkonen. What a let down. Meanwhile, Felipe Massa passes Jenson Button for seventh.

  38.  
    LAP 58

    Nico Rosberg passes Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton passes Sergio Perez and then Button. Rosberg now fifth, Hamilton sixth and Button seventh.

  39.  
    LAP 57

    The McLarens are going backwards. Jenson Button is down to fifth with Sergio Perez now fifth. Mark Webber is told to short-shift. That's a shame as he'll be able to sniff a podium - he's just five seconds behind the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen.

  40.  
    LAP 56

    Paul Di Resta has nosed his Force India into the barriers at Turn Seven. That's his fourth retirement in as many races. Bad news for the Scot at this time of the year when team's are looking at their line-ups for next year. Elsewhere, Mark Webber passes Jenson Button for fourth.

  41.  
    LAP 55

    McLaren's hopes of a first podium of the season are over as Kimi Raikkonen pulls of an awesome move around the outside of Jenson Button. The 2009 world champion squeezes Raikkonen as much as is fair, but it's not enough. Raikkonen goes third.

  42.  
    LAP 54
    Singapore GP

    Kimi Raikkonen is all over the back of Jenson Button, but the McLaren is doing a sterling job of holding the Finn off. Meanwhile up front, Mark Webber passes Nico Hulkenberg for sixth place.

  43.  
    LAP 53

    Mark Webber takes three seconds out of Nico Hulkenberg to reduce the gap to 0.3 seconds in the battle for sixth.

  44.   
    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "This would be Jenson Button's 50th career podium."

  45.  
    LAP 52

    Fernando Alonso is lapping very strongly at the moment. The Spaniard is over a second quicker than Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg, who occupy the four places behind him. If his tyres hold up, there's every chance he could keep second.

  46.  
    LAP 51

    Jenson Button is doing a very good job of defending third place from Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus. The McLaren driver so badly wants a first podium of the season.

  47.  
    LAP 50

    Esteban Gutierrez's slide continues as he loses a place to Paul Di Resta and then Felipe Massa. The Sauber driver is now 12th.

  48.  
    LAP 49

    Esteban Gutierrez is packing up the field right now, with Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton hunting him down. Webber uses DRS to find a way past into seventh. Rosberg finds a way through soon after and a few corners later, so does Hamilton. The Mexican loses three places in five or six corners.

  49.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton's race engineer: "We need to get past Webber, Nico has had the same message."

  50.  
    LAP 48

    Lewis Hamilton is hustling Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. This could get tasty. The Briton looks much faster than Rosberg at this stage of the race, but I guess that makes sense considering Rosberg doesn't seem to want to push this afternoon, instead choosing to save his tyres.

  51.   
    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "I think all cars trying to get to the end without stopping will be suffering and they will be losing some lap time but overtaking is very difficult here so I think it's a good strategy."

  52.  
    LAP 47

    So we've just had confirmation that Sergio Perez is trying to get to the end of this race on his current set of tyres, so both McLarens are trying it, as is the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen and the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso.

    Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Paul Di Resta and Felipe Massa, in eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th, have all recently stopped and will be on fresher tyres than most of those in front come the end of the race. Sebastian Vettel, is on fresh tyres, too, but is coasting at the front. He's got a 7.6 second lead over Alonso and is pulling away.

  53.  

    Reece Dawson: You know something is wrong in F1 when a driver says 'why do I have to push?!' #poorshow

  54.  
    LAP 46

    So Sebastian Vettel leads from Fernando Alonso, with Jenson Button third and Kimi Raikkonen fourth. Sergio Perez is fifth ahead of the two Saubers of Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez.

  55.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Sebastian Vettel's race engineer: "Sebastian, it's all about looking after the car, the tyres and being ready for a safety car."

  56.  
    LAP 45
    Singapore GP

    Sebastian Vettel pits from the lead but rejoins comfortably ahead of Fernando Alonso who has yet to stop. Can the Spaniard get to the end on these tyres? He's done 20 laps on these mediums, with 16 still to go.

  57.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "As for Rosberg I would have thought that was welcome news to be told you can push, not a negative like he seemed to take it."

  58.  
    LAP 44

    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg's engineer tells him he needs to push for the last 20 laps. "Why do I need to push? I don't want to push more than I have to round here," replies Rosberg.

    Er, you need to push because you're a racing driver Nico. That's what you do.

  59.  
    LAP 43

    Good work from Force India who manage to keep Paul Di Resta in front of Felipe Massa after both drivers pit at the same time.

  60.  
    LAP 42

    Nico Rosberg pits and rejoins 13th behind Mark Webber who blitzes past having had the benefit of an extra lap on fresher tyre. Good undercut from the Australian.

  61.  
    LAP 41

    Sebastian Vettel leads by 22 seconds. That'll increase as second-placed Nico Rosberg is told that he needs to pit at the end of this lap.

  62.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton's race engineer: "Push push push push it's all starting to happen now."

  63.  

    Lotus F1 Team: Retirement for @RGrosjean - engine pneumatic system lacked air, we topped it up, it didn't fix it. Insert #ExplicitContent phrase here

  64.  
    LAP 40

    Mark Webber pits from third, the Australian choosing a set of medium tyres to complete this race. The Red Bull rejoins in 13th.

  65.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Russell Aldridge: Says a lot when cameras don't even follow Vettel. Yawn. I could sleep watching this race and I'm at the track.

    Kevin Cameron: Just play for second place in every race until the cars are identical unless someone drives into Vettel. No-one will catch him.

    Mike Jackson: 23 drivers should be ashamed of themselves. No driver should pull out such a gap in 6 laps.

  66.  
    LAP 39

    Romain Grosjean is looking pretty glum, the Frenchman has his hands on his hips with his stare focused firmly on his damaged Lotus.

  67.  

    Sahara Force India: Adrian is past GUT and now close to VER. Much faster than the cars ahead, attack mode #ON!

  68.  
    LAP 38

    Romain Grosjean does indeed retire. The Frenchman pulls into the garage and switches the engine off. Meanwhile McLaren tell Jenson Button, running eighth, that they think six cars in front need to pit. That would put the Briton second if manages to survive on the tyres he's currently on.

  69.  
    LAP 37

    Bad news for Romain Grosjean who returns to the pits. The Lotus driver's race could well be over. A shame considering he started third and had the pace to finish on the podium.

  70.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg's race engineer: "We believe you have rubber in the front wing which is losing you down force at the moment."

  71.  
    LAP 36

    Marussia's Jules Bianchi is informed that he is faster than Max Chilton and the Briton is being told to move over so allow the Frenchman to chase Charles Pic down in the Caterham.

  72.  
    LAP 35

    Sebastian Vettel leads by 12 seconds from Nico Rosberg. Rosberg may try to get to the end of this race without stopping again to overtake Vettel when he pits, but the Red Bull is pulling away at such a rate, Vettel could pit and still rejoin in the lead if he builds a gap of about 27 secs or more.

  73.   
    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Rosberg is 1.7 seconds a lap slower than Vettel. It's like it's raining for one of them."

  74.  
    LAP 34

    Lotus tell Romain Grosjean that he needs to pit because of an air consumption problem. "It will take about 40 seconds," says his engineer. "Nooooooooooooooo," replies Grosjean. "What is wrong with this car?"

    Grosjean could potentially have got to the end of the race without pitting, which meant he had a slim chance of winning this race. He's now at the back of the field, with even points now very unlikely.

  75.  
    LAP 33

    Sebastian Vettel is just something else. The championship leader is lapping in the mid-1m50s while his rivals are in the 1m53s.

  76.  

    BBC F1 pit reporter Tom Clarkson: "I have spoken to Pirelli to ask if Raikkonen and Alonso can get to the end of the race on their medium tyres and they said they hoped for more time under the safety car. They now say it will be marginal and right on the limit to see if they can get to the end of the race."

  77.  
    LAP 32

    Sebastian Vettel is told that he can use his tyres to open up a gap. The German responds to increase his lead to 3.2 seconds over Nico Rosberg. Mark Webber is third, with Lewis Hamilton fourth and Fernando Alonso fifth.

  78.  
    LAP 31

    Sebastian Vettel nails the restart and blasts off into the distance...

  79.  
    LAP 30

    The safety car will come into the pits at the end of the lap. Sebastian Vettel starts to back the field up, as he's allowed to do as the race leader...

  80.  
    RACE UPDATE

    Safety car is out following Daniel Ricciardo's bizarre crash at Turn 18. Vettel leads Rosberg by 1 sec. Rosberg took lead at first corner off the start but lost it again straight away. Alonso was up to third from seventh by the second corner of the first lap. 1 Vettel 2 Rosberg 3 Webber 4 Hamilton 5 Alonso 6 Grosjean 7 Di Resta 8 Massa 9 Button 10 Raikkonen

  81.  

    Mercedes AMG: Drivers reminded not to weave while lapped cars overtake the queue and now told to "work the tyres, work the brakes" to keep temperatures in the zone.

    It's better to use the brakes, rather than weave, because it means drivers can stay on the racing line and away from the marbles which have collected on the outside of the racing line.

  82.  
    LAP 29

    The safety is still out, as Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi have not managed to catch back up to the rear of the field. Hurry up lads, eh?

  83.  

    Nico Hulkenberg questioning the decision to make him give back a place to Sergio Perez: "I still don't understand the decision, I had to go wide to avoid hitting him. I was in the lead going into the corner and after the corner so what was the problem?"

  84.  
    LAP 28

    Lapped cars make now overtake which means the restart can't be far away now. Sebastian Vettel's race engineer tells him that they have more fuel than they need, so he does not have to worry about saving it to complete the race distance.

  85.  
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  86.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "It's hard for Kimi Raikkonen. When you are feeling sensitive [he is suffering with a bad back] so it will be like the story of the Princess and the Pea. All his senses will be intensified and he will feel everything, whether it's debris in the cockpit or something not quite working properly."

  87.  
    LAP 27

    Daniel Ricciardo's car has been cleared, but there's still a bit of cleaning up to do so the safety car stays out. Fernando Alonso went for the medium tyres during that stop, but his Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa chose the super-softs.

  88.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "It's an unusual mistake made by Daniel Ricciardo, it's almost as if he didn't slow down in time. It's unusual because he didn't just miss it by a little bit, he missed it by a lot."

  89.  
    LAP 26

    The pit lane is heaving as everyone tries to get advantage during this safety car period, Fernando Alonso, Romain Grosjean, Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg all pit. Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton all stay out.

  90.  
    LAP 25

    I should have said that earlier in this race as guess what? We have a safety car courtesy of Daniel Ricciardo. The Toro Rosso has understeered cleanly into the wall just before the track goes underneath the grandstand.

  91.  
    LAP 24

    We've not had a safety car yet. This is remarkable. Both Mercedes' drivers have been told to drink plenty. Very caring of their race engineers...

  92.  

    Tom Jones on BBC Radio 5 live: "I don't know who's going to win. I'm told Red Bull's going to. I've never been to an F1 race before. It's great - very, very loud though."

  93.  
    LAP 23

    Tom Jones has pulled up a pew in the Lotus garage, a mechanic graciously giving up his seat to the Welshman. Sebastian Vettel increases his lead to 10.3 seconds over Nico Rosberg, with Fernando Alonso 8.6 seconds adrift.

  94.  
    GET INVOLVED

    James Rouse: Vettel pits, they change tyres, refill, grabs a cup of coffee, cleans the windshield, indicates and calmly pulls out.

    Jordan King: The sad situation in F1 at the moment - Turn race on. See Vettel is winning after 10 laps. Instantly assume the race is over.

    Travis: What's the bet this will be the first Singapore race without a safety car? Come on, someone save us.

  95.  
    LAP 22

    Nico Rosberg trails Sebastian Vettel by nine seconds, but he holds a eight second-lead over Fernando Alonso. It's much closer thereafter, with Alonso, Mark Webber, Romain Grosjean and Lewis Hamilton separated by just three seconds.

  96.  
    LAP 21

    Paul Di Resta releases Fernando Alonso as he pits for the first time in this race. The Force India driver rejoins in 13th, behind the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez.

  97.  

    Ferrari: ALO's race is going to be spoiled by the traffic of DIR.

  98.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton: "These tyres are terrible."

  99.  
    LAP 20

    Sebastian Vettel leads by 8.5 seconds from Nico Rosberg with Paul Di Resta 5.5 seconds further back. Fernando Alonso is all over the back of the Force India with Mark Webber just 1.8 adrift in fifth.

  100.   
    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "Red Bull are out there to win the race, but it's not just about the driver and the car it's the whole team. Coming in from the lead and going back out in the lead on lap 17 is impressive."

  101.  
    LAP 19

    Fernando Alonso is losing about eight tenths of a second per lap to Nico Rosberg in second as he struggles to find a way past the Force India. Meanwhile Nico Hulkenberg is told to give the place back to Sergio Perez at the request of race control. "What!?" comes the reply, but he does what he's told.

  102.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "That's about as close as you want to see your drivers get. Hulkenberg had to go wide to avoid contact and there has been some very brave driving here so far."

  103.  
    CELEB WATCH

    Mercedes: Meanwhile, that WAS something unusual - Mr Tom Jones watching on from trackside.

  104.  
    LAP 18

    Sebastian Vettel leads by 36 seconds, but he finally comes into the pits for a change of boots. The German chooses the harder tyre and comfortably rejoins in the lead. Nico Rosberg is second with Paul Di Resta third, having not stopped. Fernando Alonso is still trapped behind the Force India in fourth with Mark Webber closing the gap all the time.

  105.  
    LAP 17

    Brilliant racing between Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, the two youngsters going wheel-to-wheel through a series of corners as they chase the Williams of Pastor Maldonado who is painfully slow. Both keep it relatively clean and it's Hulkenberg come out on top, the German holding on to 13th.

  106.  
    LAP 16

    A smooth pit stop for Lewis Hamilton, which is filmed by David Beckham who is in the Mercedes garage. The Briton was fifth and rejoins in seventh, just behind the Lotus of Romain Grosjean but crucially ahead of Felipe Massa who lost vital time behind Pastor Maldonado.

  107.   
    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "Webber put on the medium tyre. He was only driver that thought the medium was a good stable tyre and got it working before everybody else, so it's interesting to see he's gone with it."

  108.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Matt Madden: Too many complain about Vettel making races boring, you should appreciate the genius behind the wheel.

  109.  
    LAP 15

    Fernando Alonso follows his Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa's strategy by choosing the more durable medium tyre at his pit stop. He rejoins just behind the Force India of Paul Di Resta which will wind him up no end, I'm sure.

  110.   
    Ben Edwards, BBC F1 commentator

    "Jules Bianchi has been into the pits twice and the second time was for a steering wheel change apparently"

  111.  
    LAP 14

    Just after reporting those tyre issues, Mark Webber peels into the pits. The Australian dives in from fourth and rejoins behind the Toro Rosso of Daniel Ricciardo in ninth. Webber makes short work of his younger Australian countryman, though, and is soon up into eighth and some clear air.

  112.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Mark Webber: "Trouble with the rears, mate. Trouble with the rears."

  113.  
    LAP 13

    Felipe Massa pits from sixth place and rejoins in 13th - on the medium tyres - after a good stop from the Ferrari team. Kimi Raikkonen is charging, the Finn passing the Williams of Valtteri Bottas with relative ease to move up to 16th.

  114.  
    LAP 12

    Fernando Alonso is gradually closing the gap to Nico Rosberg in second while opening up a more comfortable lead over Mark Webber.

  115.  
    Singapore GP

    Here's the moment Sebastian Vettel lost the lead of the Singapore GP. For half of a corner. He cleverly knew Nico Rosberg had made a better start and gave up the turn into Turn One to then undercut the Mercedes on the exit. Smart move.

  116.  
    LAP 11

    Paul Di Resta has closed onto the back of Esteban Gutierrez in the Sauber as they battle for 11th. Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, has just popped in the fastest lap. The Ferrari driver is 10 seconds behind leader Sebastian Vettel.

  117.  
    LAP 10

    Kimi Raikkonen blinks first, the Finn pitting from 11th for a new set of boots. It's another set of super-soft tyres. The Lotus driver rejoins in 19th, with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas just up the road.

  118.  
    LAP NINE

    Sebastian Vettel is back on it, dipping down into the 1m52s himself to increase the gap to 7.1 seconds. Fernando Alonso has dropped to four seconds behind with Mark Webber a further 2.5 seconds adrift. Romain Grosjean, meanwhile, has managed to get himself inside the one second window to use DRS as he continues to chase Webber for fourth.

  119.  
    LAP EIGHT

    A tiny bit of hope as Nico Rosberg dips down into the high 1m52s to close the gap to Sebastian Vettel to 6.8 seconds.

  120.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Lewis Hamilton's race engineer: "Alonso, P3, is holding the pack up."

  121.  

    Jonny Green: Everything that's wrong with F1 summed up in 6 laps. Vettel 6 seconds clear and Webber already being told to manage tyres.

    Chris Plowman: Woooo Vettel miles ahead already. Clearly a class above but F1 is becoming very very dul.

    Ashley Wilkinson: Vettel 5.5s clear after 3 laps. When he and his car are over 1s a lap faster, how does he not understand the boos? It's frustration!

  122.  
    LAP SEVEN

    Just 10 seconds separate Fernando Alonso in third to Sergio Perez in 10th so it's still all to play for behind Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg.

  123.  
    LAP SIX

    Sebastian Vettel has put the hammer down. The championship leader now holds a seven second lead after just six laps. This is going to a long afternoon for his rivals. Fifty five laps to go.

  124.  

    Marussia F1 Team: The field is quite bunched up still so when they've passed the pits there's a long silence as they disappear uptown for a bit. V strange.

  125.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Emma Louise Biggs: Watching in Mexico with the ocean out of the window.

    Richard Spencer: An expat watching in Perth, Western Australia! We should have a night race here.

    Paul J Salmon: Watching the F1 in the hotel bar in Hong Kong waiting for typhoon to land.

  126.  
    LAP FIVE

    The top three - Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso - are the only men lapping in the 1m53s. The rest of the top 10 are well into the 1m54s. Kimi Raikkonen has caught Sergio Perez in the McLaren and is starting to apply the pressure. How long can the Mexican keep the flying Finn at bay?

  127.  

    Lotus F1 Team: #Kimi is racing with back pain, so will want to get this race over as soon as possible. Watch out ahead...

  128.  
    LAP FOUR

    Kimi Raikkonen drives around the outside of Esteban Gutierrez at Turn Seven to take 10th place and one World Championship point. Nico Hulkenberg is running well at the moment, the Sauber driver up two places to ninth.

  129.   
    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "This is an incredible opening stint for Vettel - that's crucial for his race and how it unfolds."

  130.  
    LAP THREE

    Sebastian Vettel is running away with this race, the Red Bull driver is pulling out a lead of six seconds over Nico Rosberg. Romain Grosjean is down in fifth, having started third, with Felipe Massa sixth.

  131.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Patrick McLaughlin: Alonso 7th to 3rd. Please someone just give him a decent car for next few seasons!

  132.  

    Force India: Massive start by @pauldirestaf1 as he jumps to P12! Adrian, only car on medium tyres, in P17 #FeelTheForce

  133.   
    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Eight per cent of the crowd come to Singapore from the UK."

  134.  
    LAP TWO

    Lewis Hamilton does as he's told and gives the position back to Felipe Massa. He tries to re-pass the Ferrari straight away at Turn 7, but the Brazilian defends his position well.

  135.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "Incredible stuff and surprisingly no contact on the first lap, which is rare here in Singapore. 10 out of 10 for manners so far but it has been aggressive by all the drivers."

  136.  
    LAP ONE

    Sebastian Vettel survived those first few corners and now holds an impressive 1.9 second lead over Nico Rosberg who has fallen back into the clutches of Fernando Alonso in third. Lewis Hamilton passes Felipe Massa for sixth - but he's told by his race engineer to give the place back, which suggests he completed the pass by leaving the track to gain an advantage.

  137. 1303: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    An incredible start from Nico Rosberg who puts his Mercedes down the inside of Sebastian Vettel at the start and leads! But he then runs wide and Vettel snatches the lead back. Great driving from both there. It's an electric start from Fernando Alonso, too, who catapults from seven up to third by the second corner. Sensational stuff from the Ferrari driver.

  138.  

    BBC F1 pit reporter Tom Clarkson on Kimi Raikonnen's back problems: "He's been consuming painkillers but he's had no injections today. What they found yesterday was that the painkillers lasted about an hour so it could be a very painful second-half of the race for Kimi."

  139. 1300: 
    FORMATION LAP

    Sebastian Vettel leads the field away from pole position for the formation laps under the lights in Singapore. We're just minutes away now from, folks.

  140.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore:

    "Some strategy info. The teams' engineers are split as to whether Sebastian Vettel will dominate or face a challenge from Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean. It seems likely to be a three-stop race, with a question mark over whether teams use two sets of each type of tyre, or three sets of super-soft - by far the faster tyre - and one of the medium. A three-stop is more than 12 seconds faster than a two stop in theory, but a safety car - of which there is a statistically strong probability - swings it towards a two. The pit-stop window opens about lap 12, and a safety car around lap four or five will make for a very difficult decision as to whether to stop or not. Doing so is better strategically because you get earlier on to your new tyres, but you lose track position and you could end up losing out as a result. A pit stop takes a total of 27 seconds, including entering and exiting the pits."

  141. 1259: 

    Mark Webber's race engineer tells his charge that everyone apart from Force India's Adrian Sutil is starting on the option super-soft tyre.

  142.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore:

    "Ferrari brought significant upgrades to Singapore, and although Fernando Alonso said they had improved the car by 0.1 seconds a lap, as expected, everyone else had moved forward, too. Alonso said he was 'sad' about the lack of performance, and no doubt more than that about the prospect of losing yet more ground to Sebastian Vettel in the championship, but as ever is targeting a podium finish. 'It depends how the pace is,' he said, 'how we make the tyres survive in the long runs and what is our opponents' luck; unfortunately we are in those hands as well. (Last year) we were out of the podium until Lewis had the gearbox problem and we took the podium position. You never know. It is a so-so weekend, not so fast and not good positions, but maybe we are third, fourth, fifth and our main opponent does not finish the race.'"

  143. 1257: 

    James Allen, Gary Anderson and Jennie Gow are up and running on BBC Radio 5 live. You can listen to that trio by clicking the link at the top right of the page.

  144.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore:

    "Another version of a draft calendar for 2014 is floating around here, with a new date left open on 1 June between Monaco and Canada, presumably in the hope New Jersey may raise the money for its much-hoped-for race. That would mean a horrendously difficult schedule of three races on consecutive weekends. Bernie Ecclestone's FOM organisation had told the teams they wouldn't do that, but there is no rule stopping them. However, the teams do not expect New Jersey to take place. For one thing, Ecclestone has said they don't have the money to pay him his sanctioning fee; for another, as one insider put it, 'there is no track there, and no work going on to build it.'"

  145. 1255: 

    Drivers are in their cars, belted in and visor down. Just five minutes until the lights go out for the formation lap. The grid has been cleared with only the key mechanics for each car remaining.

  146.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Jason: Here are my predictions, It's going to be crazy, 2 safety cars, Vettel will retire and Webber will win from Alonso and Hamilton.

    Oliver: Hope Hamilton wins today, sick of Vettel winning every race, makes F1 so boring, hope Vettel gets what he deserves.. An early exit!

    Kayleigh: If PDR actually finishes today's #GP, all will be great in the world.

  147. 1252: 

    With just under 10 minutes to go, here's a reminder of the grid.

    1) Sebastian Vettel 2) Nico Rosberg 3) Romain Grosjean 4) Mark Webber 5) Lewis Hamilton 6) Felipe Massa 7) Fernando Alonso 8) Jenson Button 9) Daniel Ricciardo 10) Esteban Gutierrez

    11) Nico Hulkenberg 12) Jean-Eric Vergne 13) Kimi Raikkonen 14) Sergio Perez 15) Adrian Sutil 16) Valtteri Bottas

    17) Paul Di Resta 18) Pastor Maldonado 19) Charles Pic 20) Giedo van der Garde 21) Jules Bianchi 22) Max Chilton

  148.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore:

    "Mark Webber, who starts fourth, has never had the greatest of relationships with this track - he has tended to struggle to have the confidence in the car to get the best out of the corners here. But although a typical distance behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel over one lap on new super-soft tyres, Webber has been quicker than Vettel all weekend on the 'medium' tyre. 'It's certainly my most competitive outing,' he said, 'even if the grid position doesn't show that. It has been a bit more enjoyable. Confident of a good race tomorrow and move a bit further up.'"

  149. 1250: 
    Sebatian Vettel's helmet

    The Singapore Grand Prix is all about glitz and glamour and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who changes his helmet for every single race, has gone all bling with his latest effort.

  150.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore:

    "Kimi Raikkonen is taking to the grid at Marina Bay nursing a long-standing back problem that flared up on Saturday and almost led to him missing qualifying. It has been a recurring problem for Raikkonen for many years and it is normally manageable, but for some reason he was in so much pain in Saturday final practice that he could not breathe while braking. A pain-killing injection sorted him out and he is expected to be fine for the race, despite the intense demands of Singapore."

  151. 1247: 

    David Beckham is causing a bottleneck on the grid, with all the VIPs anxious to get a view of him. The drivers will be pleased, it'll take the heat of them. Everyone seems to be in a rush, too, with several drivers diving off the grid for a final "pitstop" before the race as they've been loading with fluid ahead of what is likely to be a two-hour race.

  152.  

    Kostya Lobov: Sitting by the pool on the 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands, waiting for the race to start.

    That's a pretty good vantage point. Where are you watching the race? Tweet us using #bbcf1

  153.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore:

    "If there is a glimmer of hope for Sebastian Vettel's rivals, it may be in whether the car will last the race. Some of the gears of the cars of both Vettel and Mark Webber had to be changed ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, but both ended that race nursing their gearboxes anyway. There are 23 corners around Singapore on a bumpy track that tests cars and drivers to the limit. Will Vettel's car survive? It shouldn't be a problem in Singapore because the gear ratios are so much closer to each other than they are at high-speed Monza, but it will certainly be on people's minds."

  154.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "Ferrari are not quick enough, Red Bull seem to be getting quicker and quicker. Sebastian is getting better and better. He looks like a man on a mission. He wants to nail this championship as soon as possible."

  155. 1243: 
    Paul Di Resta

    In his first two seasons in Formula 1, Paul Di Resta had just four DNFs. Unfortunately, the Scot has already match that figure in this season alone with three retirements in his past three races, including a first corner exit last time out in Italy. The Force India driver starts 17th and really needs a good result to improve his hopes of getting a better drive next season. Time and indeed good seats are running out.

  156.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore:

    "Sebastian Vettel seemed locked on for pole from the very start of running here on Friday, but Red Bull nearly undid all their performance advantage with a calculated gamble to run only once, early, in final qualifying. At the time, Vettel's advantage was more than half a second, and the team felt that was more than comfortable enough not to do another run, and therefore save a set of new 'super-softs' - the faster tyre - for strategic advantage in the race. It so nearly backfired - Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber and Romain Grosjean were all faster than Vettel's time at some point on their final laps, but Vettel's mastery of the final sector of the lap ensure he just hung on - by 0.091secs. He later admitted he'd breathed a big sigh of relief. In truth, even if he had been beaten to pole, he looks so strong that he still would have been favourite for the race."

  157. 1239: 

    Victories have been shared out between five drivers this year. Sebastian Vettel leads the way with six, Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso follow with two apiece and Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen each have one to their name.

  158.  
    GET INVOLVED

    James Thompson: Going to clutch at straws - Come on Grosjean, get back on form and take out Vettel at Turn 1!

    Jack of all trades: Another good chance for Rosberg to show everyone he can compete with the best, he needs a good start otherwise only one winner.

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

    "Romain Grosjean looks likely to be the closest thing to a challenge to Sebastian Vettel. The Lotus driver starts third, but on the clean side of the grid, and his race pace was better than anyone but the Red Bulls on Friday. He was in a confident mood after qualifying, as well he might have been, and he raised a few laughs when he described his relationship with his notoriously taciturn team-mate Kimi Raikkonen as 'not very "speaky"'."

  160.  

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso: Good morning! Looking forward to see the green lights! This race is very hard physically and on the mechanical side! Good feelings!

  161. 1236: 

    This race has only ever been won by champions - Fernando Alonso in 2008 and 2010, Lewis Hamilton in 2009 and Sebastian Vettel in the last two seasons. Vettel is certainly the man to beat, having dominated the weekend so far, but Alonso, who starts seventh, is always better in the race and Hamilton should certainly be in the mix.

  162. 1233: 
    CELEB SPOT!
    David Beckham and Ross Brawn

    As celeb spots go, this is a pretty good one. David Beckham is in the Singapore Grand Prix paddock, his loyalties firmly with fellow Brit Lewis Hamilton. Here, he's pictured with Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn who is probably running him through the intricacies of the W04...

  163.   
    BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan

    "If Sebastian Vettel was to win this race, it's over for Fernando Alonso and Ferrari, there's no way back."

  164.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore:

    "Ferrari's Fernando Alonso starts only seventh here, out-qualified by team-mate Felipe Massa for the fifth time in 12 races this season. Ferrari sources have quietly let it be known this season that they feel Alonso does not always get the best out of the car in qualifying. This was a reason they signed Kimi Raikkonen for 2014, to push him harder out of what they believe may be his comfort zone. But it was clear on Saturday that this perception is getting to Alonso. The Spaniard pointed out afterwards that Massa had previously always been known as a strong qualifier - besting Raikkonen when they were Ferrari team-mates, for example - but that in their four years at Ferrari, he had out-qualified Massa 82% of the time. The fact that he brought it up - and that he knew the exact number - speaks volumes."

  165.  
    Singapore GP

    BBC F1's Andrew Benson has just tweeted this: My favourite time of day in Singapore. Sun going down, lights are on, everything has a special sparkle.

  166. 1230: 
    THE GRID

    The pit lane is opened for business, which means it's just 30 minutes until the formation lap. The drivers are now allowed to leave their garages and head round to the grid. Some may do a lap or two, by running through the pits, to test some things on the car and practise some starts.

    1) Sebastian Vettel 2) Nico Rosberg 3) Romain Grosjean 4) Mark Webber 5) Lewis Hamilton 6) Felipe Massa 7) Fernando Alonso 8) Jenson Button 9) Daniel Ricciardo 10) Esteban Gutierrez

    11) Nico Hulkenberg 12) Jean-Eric Vergne 13) Kimi Raikkonen 14) Sergio Perez 15) Adrian Sutil 16) Valtteri Bottas

    17) Paul Di Resta 18) Pastor Maldonado 19) Charles Pic 20) Giedo van der Garde 21) Jules Bianchi 22) Max Chilton

  167.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Rian Hoskins: The likelihood is that Vettel will win as if takes the lead, he's almost unstoppable. Rosberg is a street circuit specialist though.

    David Huggett: I think if Seb wins today he's gonna have his work cut out not to win the title again. Alonso is his only challenger. Tall order.

    Matthew Morrow: Nothing against Grosjean, but I hope he reverts to his kamikaze style of start and wipes out Vettel.

  168. 1227: 

    Such a big project deserves a big race - and Singapore usually delivers. Each race held at the venue has seen at least one safety car, which means there's likely to be a few cars in the wall.

    The track doesn't lend itself to overtaking, but the tweaks to Turn 10 - which has seen the fiddly Singapore Sling disappear - actually improves the opportunity of pulling off a move a few corners later.

  169.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore:

    "Sebastian Vettel starts the Singapore Grand Prix from pole position and it has to be said he looks all but unbeatable after a dominant performance in qualifying. Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, second on the grid after a sensational lap qualifying lap, admits: 'It will be tough against them. I have a chance at the start and I'll try to use that. I'll give it a go. For sure, he's quicker on race pace, we saw that on Friday so if I can get by, then it's possible that I can stay in front but it's all down to the start.'"

  170. 1225: 

    There are thousands of items including concrete barriers, fences, cables, temporary bridges, ticketing booths and portable toilets. In total, 4,395 safety barriers and 10km of 'catch' fencing need to be erected. On the Wednesday before the race, the first of a series of gradual road closures begins in the Marina Bay area. Road restrictions are gradually lifted once the race is over on Sunday, with the final road reopening to traffic in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

  171. 1223: 

    Putting the Singapore Grand Prix together is quite some challenge. A 25,000-strong workforce begin preparations in May, four months before the race is due to take place. In a process rather like assembling the world's biggest Scalextric set, all race-related infrastructure will be taken out of a 38,000 square metre storage facility tucked away in eastern Singapore.

  172. 1221: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Who is your tip for victory? Has Sebastian Vettel got it wrapped up? Could Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean, who start just behind the German, put pressure on the Red Bull driver? Can ex-world champions Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso or Kimi Raikkonen have a say?

    Tweet us using the #bbcf1 hashtag or text 81111 (UK only), remembering to put your name on those messages. Super.

  173.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore:

    "When Lewis Hamilton set the pace in first practice here, looking spectacular around the Marina Bay Circuit in the Mercedes, it was expected he would challenge Sebastian Vettel for pole position. But he ended up being out-paced by team-mate Nico Rosberg and starts fifth. To beat Hamilton by 0.3secs around a track where the Englishman excels was quite an effort by the German, and a downbeat and monosyllabic Hamilton offered no excuses afterwards. Did he have any particular issues, I asked? 'Not particularly,' he said. 'Just didn't get a good lap.'"

  174. 1218: 

    BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson says we can expect a dry race with variable cloud and a light wind from south-south east. Ambient temperatures will hit a sweaty 29C with the track likely to be a couple of degrees higher.

  175. 1216: 
    SINGAPORE GP BY NUMBERS

    Venue: Marina Bay Street Circuit Laps: 61 Circuit length: 5.065km Race distance: 308.828km Number of corners: 23 (14 left/9 right) Average lap speed: 157kph Full throttle per lap: 46% Safety cars since debut in 2008: 8 Lap record: 1:45.599 (Kimi Raikkonen, 2008)

  176. 1213: 
    Rihanna

    But it doesn't stop there. The organisers have gone to impressive lengths to provide an all-round experience for the fans. A series of concerts are planned throughout the weekend, with the likes of Rihanna, The Killers and Justin Bieber performing. There's also an array of authentic local performing arts shows in between sessions.

  177. 1209: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    As the only race on the calendar to be held at night - Abu Dhabi is only a twilight race - the race benefits from some spectacular imagery as the cars glisten underneath one of 1,500 halogen lamps which straddle the circuit. The city oozes class and provides a breathing-taking backdrop to an awesome street circuit layout.

    The race is demanding and is likely to push the limits of the two-hour cut off point, putting strain on drivers who have to maintain concentration on a 23-turn barrier lined track in heavy heat and humidity. Drivers drink up to eight litres a day and will lose around 3kg in fluid during the race.

  178. 1207: 

    If there are any countries out there who want a grand prix - or any races on the calendar who are under threat - look no further than the Singapore Grand Prix for a blueprint of what a Formula 1 race weekend should be. It has everything - I mean EVERYTHING.

  179.  

    Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde earlier today: "Good morning. Off to the track, it will be a hard physical race today! Will sweat like a pig! Looking forward to it! Enjoy today guys."

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

    "Sebastian Vettel has won here for the last two years, but his thirst for victory at one of his favourite tracks is unquenched. The world champion explained why an event that puts the drivers through extremes of endurance in intense humidity on a testing, bumpy track is so popular with the drivers: 'Even though it hasn't been in the calendar for many decades still it seems like a classic and it's a very nice place to come to,' Vettel says. 'The circuit is a big challenge for all of us. It's so long, so many corners, very difficult to keep the focus for the entire lap. It's usually the longest race we have with two hours duration. So, yeah, you hate it and love it at the same time. Obviously in qualifying if you get the lap right it feels fantastic. I think it's the challenge that I love - that we love - when we come here.'"

  181. 1203: 
    Singapore Grand Prix

    Welcome to Singapore, welcome to Formula 1's only night race, welcome to the event that is fast becoming everyone's favourite of the year. It's the Singapore Grand Prix, round 13 of the World Championship.

  182.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore:

    "Walking into the track through the heavy equatorial heat, there was a man wearing a 'What part of Multi 21 don't you understand?' T-shirt. This reference to Sebastian Vettel's decision to ignore team orders to pass Mark Webber to win the Malaysian Grand Prix - six months ago now, but no more than 300 miles from here - continues to reverberate beyond Formula 1. Since then, Vettel - a sunny character with an engaging sense of humour, not to mention a great driver brilliantly exploiting the fastest car - has been routinely booed whenever he has stood on an F1 podium. The reasons for that go beyond 'Multi 21', but it is certainly right up there among the most prominent. Singapore is a polite, ordered place. But if he wins again here - as seems practically inevitable - will it happen again?"

  183. 1200: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel was stood in his Red Bull garage biting his nails in the final minutes of qualifying after deciding his first run would be good enough for pole position - but he need not have bothered.

    Nico Rosberg came within a whisker and Mark Webber and Romain Grosjean made the championship leader sweat by setting a fastest sector time apiece - but each fell at the final hurdle.

    The result was a relieved Vettel who punched the air in delight before extending that index finger in familiar fashion. The German will start today's race from pole - the 41st of his career and fifth of the season - and is an overwhelming favourite to convert it into victory.

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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

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

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