Under the lights of the Marina Bay circuit, Sebastian Vettel stormed to his seventh win of 2013 with a dominant performance at the Singapore Grand Prix as he closes in on his fourth consecutive World Championship.
Vettel controlled the race comfortably since the first lap and is now 60 points ahead of second place championship rival Fernando Alonso, with only six races left in the season.
There are now only 150 points up for grabs as Vettel adds to his advantage over his other World Championship contenders, with third place rival Kimi Raikkonen 98 points behind.
The win at Singapore is Vettel's third consecutive victory out of the last three races as Formula 1 heads into Korea, where Red Bull are particularly strong on a medium-high downforce circuit which demands high brake pressure.
Nico Rosberg had the only opportunity of the race to steal the win which took place on the first lap at the first corner, but after running wide Vettel drove back up the inside into turn two and led the race since.
Vettel said: "The start was quite hairy, Nico had a good start - better than me. I didn't get going initially, but fortunately he went in a little bit deep and I could get him back, which crucial as we had very good pace."
Alonso brought the Ferrari home after a solid second place as Lotus driver Raikkonen completed the podium line-up in a fantastic third after qualifying 13th with a back problem. Both Mercedes drivers filled up fourth and fifth with Rosberg finishing ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
Alonso's second place was secured within the last couple of laps meaning he could calmly drive the car home and limit any damage trying to close down Vettel's lead.
Alonso said: "It was a fantastic start, we knew we didn't have the pace today, we had to invent something. It was a very good strategy and it paid off with a second place, which tastes like a victory to us."
The other Red Bull of Mark Webber was running high up in the order, with a high chance of a podium position, but with two laps to go the Australian suffered a burning engine and was force to stop the car. He finished 15th.
The race offered little action after the first round of pit stops. Although after Daniel Ricciardo crashed his Toro Rosso into the barriers on lap 25, spectators were hoping for a tighter race as Vettel's lead was cut down. The crash sparked the ninth safety car period in six Grand Prix around the Marina Bay circuit.
However Vettel's true dominant performance was only to improve as he was told to push to the limit on lap 31 under the restart and managed to pull a ten second lead from Rosberg after four laps, then 22 seconds after ten laps.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1's Martin Brundle, Vettel said: "The car was incredible," he lauded on the podium as he completed his 33rd career win, which moves him one ahead of Alonso.
Little action followed, however towards the end of the race, the battle from fourth to tenth heated up and was all up for grabs as cars who pitted under the safety car saw their tyres slowly fade away. Some of the drivers involved included both McLarens, both Mercedes, Nico Hulkenburg and Adrian Sutil.
There was late heart-break for McLaren as a fourth and fifth finish turned into seventh and eighth as Jenson Button's tyres couldn't last until the end, resulting in both Mercedes crusing past. Felipe Massa finished ahead of the McLaren duo to bring the other Ferrari home in sixth place.
However, despite all the midfield battles and frantic finish, Vettel was able to make his final pit stop without losing the lead and controlled the race to the end.
"It was mind-blowing," said BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson.
Paul Di Resta was the late casualty of the day when he crashed his Force India seven laps from home, which fortunately didn't result in a safety car. This left Di Resta without a point now for five consecutive races.
So the 2013 Singapore GP was the one man show of Sebastian Vettel and yet again the question remains, who will stop the German from wining his fourth consecutive world title as we head into Korea in two weeks time?
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