Vettel throws championship wide open in Singapore

Okay, so we’d like to apologise for suggesting earlier that this afternoon’s might be the race of the year. It wasn’t. Well not for the first part anyhow. It got more interesting after the first of two safety cars, but not in a good way. It was all kind of scrappy, wasn’t it? Sorry about that.

Still, however enervating, it does open the championship, although not to Lewis Hamilton, who’s now starting to look too far behind Fernando Alonso. Alonso, third behind Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button this afternoon showed just why he continues to lead the championship — he’s just always there, driving his cojones off, picking up those points. Wow. Luck took out Hamilton and Maldonado, but you have to be there to take advantage of it. Fernando always is.

It could all turn around again in two weeks time in Japan, but like we said after Spa, it is Red Bull and Vettel who we fancy best to take the challenge to Ferrari and Alonso over the next six races. Vettel had looked focused all weekend, and though he did benefit from Hamilton’s retirement, he finally looks like he means to make it three titles on the trot.

Ah, Lewis’ retirement. A gearbox failure that may or may not have had its roots in the slight clout he gave the wall in qualifying yesterday; the team radio certainly suggested they knew it was on the cards? So why risk it? Would you not, if you were McLaren have gambled on a fired-up Lewis taking at least some points from a grid-penalised/gearbox optimised race-fit MP4-27?.

Will it be the final straw for what’s become a repeatedly impossible relationship over the summer? Certainly if he is minded to defect to Mercedes, then he’ll not be short of support from the board there, or whoever it is who signs the big cheques to Michael Schumacher. That’s the second time he’s done that this year and he does raise real concerns about his powers of perception. “What happened there? What happened there?” said the bloke on the radio. Lewis Hamilton could have said the same thing in three key strokes.

Paul di Resta will have done his chances of keeping his name in the musical chairs game with a career-best fourth place while his ‘rivals’ for a possible McLaren/Ferrari/Mercedes seat — Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg — got themselves tangled up in a crashy few laps with Mark Webber and Kamui Kobayashi, that, though exciting, was all a bit GP3. And all over 11th place.

They didn’t make it to 61 laps, the stewards bringing the flag down on it after two hours. Sorry to say this, but we were sort of grateful.

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great win for vettel,just sitting on hamiltons tail and then when hamilton retired gained those extra seven points that could make all the difference.hamilton with a gearbox problem from what we understand to have been known about yesterday.so they hide the gearbox issues.nice work,mclaren.what anybody says about vettel snatching the title,i genuinely believe alonso is just too consistent for anybody to get close enough

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IF TG GOT THEIR COLLECTIVE HEADS OUT OF HAMILTON’S BACKSIDE THE LESSER WEIGHT MIGHT MEAN HE MAY BE A BIT QUICKER!!!!

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As Kimi Raikkonen put it: ‘It was a boring race’.

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This was the first time I felt sorry for Hamilton. Poor guy. I hope Vettel doesn’t take the WDC. Redbull can have the Constructors if they like.

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* this afternoon’s might BE the race of the year
* Hamilton and MALDONADO
* you have to BE there to take advantage
* for what’s become a repeatedly impossible relationship (no first “a”)

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Mclaren actually said they had no inkling of any trouble to the gearbox up to a lap and a bit before failure, when it started to overheat. It was not related to Hamilton tapping the wall in Q3 at all. Crappy luck for him, and Maldonado.

Safety cars did liven up what looked to be an uneventful race at the near-halfway mark. Phew.

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I liked the game Destruction Derby a lot, back in the day. But that wasn’t as expensive. There was a lot of racing going on, bit between the teeth and go for it. I liked that. I won’t forget Massa’s move (and save) any time soon, he is definitely back in my good book. Great balls!

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Aloonsoo!! Alonsoo!! Remember: Lewis lost the championship in Singapore. Suerte para Alonso y De La Rosaaa!!

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Fernado The Great Houndi Alonso, is open
for business Signors.
I will win, as i am the Great one who
can cast a spell on all his oppenets.

Alonso the Great one, Ferrrari would be a
Laughing stock this season without him.
Red Bull fear him, Mcclaren want him
both Ferrari and Spain Adore him.
Signor Alonso

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Thank you.

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f..k lewis hamilton. overrated tw.t. just f..k him.

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It’s official Lewis Hamilton will switch to AMG/Mercedes Benz and Sergio Perez replacing him at McLaren for the 2013 F1 Championships.

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