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Unstoppable Vettel cruises to Singapore Grand Prix victory

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Vettel's win increases his championship lead to 60 points (©GettyImages)
Vettel's win increases his championship lead to 60 points (©GettyImages).

Sebastian Vettel was in a league of his own as he claimed victory in the Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay.

The German survived losing the lead at the first corner but quickly regained the spot he lost and didn't look back in an entertaining race.

The start is Singapore is always a tense moment with the first few turns known to cause problems though there were no such problems this year.

At the start Rosberg was able to get alongside a passed Vettel, who led away from pole, into turn one, but the Mercedes ran slightly wide allowing back past into turn three.

Fernando Alonso made a great start from seventh moving up to third while the rest of the field also managed to complete the first lap without incident

From there Vettel pulled large a 5 second gap within the first three laps while behind Kimi Raikkonen, who started 13th, also began to make his way through the field. Lewis Hamilton dropped down at the start not helped by being forced to give a position back to Felipe Massa for running over the kerb at turn seven and gaining an advantage.

The super-soft tyres proved more durable than expected with the first stops on lap 12, Kimi Raikkonen was the first to stop to get some clear air and he pulled off a number of good overtakes as he continued his fight back from a poor qualifying.

Massa and Mark Webber were the first front runners to pit and that started a chain reaction as the rest of the leading cars soon pitted for a change of tyres. Leader Vettel waited another two laps than everyone else before making his first stop for fresh rubber.

Following the stops the gaps remained fairly constant with little action, Romain Grosjean was the only man at the front to stay with the super-softs after his first stop and he was able to catch Mark Webber who had switched to the medium tyres.

The biggest loser was Alonso who tried an earlier stop to get ahead of Rosberg in front, however he came out behind the Force India of Paul di Resta on a different strategy and therefore rather than gaining time he lost more time falling back into the Webber.

Safety car's are common in Singapore with eight in the previous five races and this year was no different as Daniel Ricciardo crashed at turn 18 on lap 26, most driver's pitted for new tyres while Vettel and Rosberg continued.

After a six lap stint behind the safety car Vettel carried on where he left off pulling out a five second gap within three racing laps.

After a strong weekend Romain Grsojean's race was disappointing, losing a few places early on, he was then taken out of contention with a long unscheduled stop and then forced to retire with a hydraulic problem. Up front Vettel continued to pull away at nearly two seconds a lap while everyone else was caught up in the pack behind Rosberg.

The final round of stops came with those who didn't stop during the safety car or those who couldn't make the tyres last the distance. Vettel's pace meant he was able to pit and stay in the lead switching to the super-soft tyre for the final stint. Behind Alonso made his move to new tyres under the safety car work to claim second.

The battle then was for positions 3-8 and what a battle it was with the different strategies at work. Stops for Webber and the two Mercedes meant they were chasing those ahead and as the tyres faded the two Sauber's were easy pickings for the three men.

Ahead Kimi Raikkonen pulled a great move on Jenson Button for that third place with the second McLaren of Sergio Perez behind in fifth. Paul di Resta was a part of the action until a late crash at turn seven ruled him out of the equation.

Webber and the two Mercedes continued to move forward passing both McLaren's and Felipe Massa joined in the fun also making easy work of Perez and Button.

The night however belonged to Vettel the Red Bull driver was in complete control from start to finish winning by 35 seconds in the end from Fernando Alonso. Kimi Raikkonen and his bad back survived and he came through to claim third for Lotus.

Late gearbox trouble hindered Webber and he retired on the final lap promoting Nico Rosberg up to fourth ahead of Hamilton, Massa claimed sixth. Jenson Button held off team-mate Perez with Nico Hulkenberg and Adrian Sutil completing the top 10.

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