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Alonso wins Singapore GP


Ferrari's Fernando Alonso won an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix on the weekend, inching him ever closer to the Formula One crown

Alonso held off a strong fight from Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel to win in Singapore. Championship leader Mark Webber (Red Bull) finished third.

The Australian Webber came out best from a collision with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who was then forced to retire.

Webber leads the standings by 11 points on 202. Alonso moved up to second overall on 191, and Hamilton sits nine points back in third place. Vettel sits one point further back and world champion Jenson Button, who finished fourth, rounds out the top five on 177 points. Just 25 points, the amount awarded for a victory, separates the top five, and there are four races remaining.

"It really was tough. With the safety car problems and the people we were lapping, especially at the end, it was difficult," Alonso told reporters.

"We know how difficult it is to overtake here so I was just not taking any risks."

Vettel felt he lost the race at the beginning but was still happy with his night's work.

"In the beginning, I had to let him go a little bit. I tried to push him as far as I could into a mistake; he didn't do one and as he said it is too difficult and too risky to overtake so we settle for second," the German said.

"The good news is the car is quick. In the end it is good to get good points for the team. Everything is still open."


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