F1: Vettel Edges Button for Singapore GP Win

Sebastian Vettel will have to wait at least one more race before officially claiming his second-straight F1 championship despite winning the Singapore GP on Sunday.

Red Bull driver Vettel, who won his third-straight race and ninth overall, was calm and calculated despite a late pressure from McLaren’s Jenson Button. Vettel started from pole and quickly took the lead, which he held from start to finish. Button, who started third from the grid, tried to make a match out of the race by coming within 3.7 seconds of Vettel with three laps to go. The Briton further reduced the German champion’s lead in the final two laps before eventually settling for second, 1.7 seconds behind.

Red Bull’s Mark Webber finished in third place while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso kissed his championship hopes goodbye by finishing fourth. McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton also bowed out of the championship battle with another accident-marred race that saw the British driver come in fifth, more than a minute behind Vettel.

With five races to go, Vettel leads the championship with 309 points, and needs only another point to officially defend his title. Button has 185 points and is the only one with a mathematical chance of preventing Vettel from winning the championship. However, for Button to pull off an upset, he needs to win the last five races and hope that Vettel does not earn another point. Rounding out the top five in the championship race are Alonso, Webber, and Hamilton with 184, 182, and 168 points, respectively.