Fernando Alonso Wins Singapore GP

Fernando Alonso of Ferrari won his second-straight race on Sunday, holding off Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel at the Singapore Grand Prix for his fourth victory of the season.

Alonso finished the 61-lap race in 1 hour, 57 minutes, and 53.579 seconds, while Vettel came in .2 seconds behind. Vettel’s Red Bull team mate Mark Webber took the final podium place by edging McLaren’s Jenson Button for third place. Nico Rosberg of Mercedes GP rounded out the top five.

The race featured several accidents, the most notable of which involving title contender and McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton, who abandoned the race in the 36th lap after colliding with Webber. With the Singapore victory, Alonso moved up to second place in the battle for the title. The Spanish driver now has 191 points, 11 behind Webber’s 202. Hamilton, who failed to earn a point, remained with 181 points in third place, but he is only a point up on Vettel. Button, the defending title holder, is in fifth place with 177 points.

The season will move to Japan for the Japanese Grand Prix on October 10 before moving to Korea for the Korean Grand Prix on October 24. The penultimate race of the season, the Brazilian GP, will be held on November 7. The season will culminate with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 14.