Mike Stevens | Sep 28, 2009

MCLAREN'S LEWIS HAMILTON has claimed his second victory of the season as Jenson Button moved closer to securing the World Championship in Singapore overnight.

Starting on pole position, Hamilton asserted control of the race early on, streaking away from the field and seeing off a challenge from Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

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After the German was given a drive-through penalty for speeding in pit lane, Hamilton was able to cruise to the chequered flag, overcoming early concerns surrounding the status of his KERS system to lead home Toyota’s Timo Glock.

Having crashed his car on the final lap of the Italian Grand Prix when seemingly destined for a podium place, Hamilton said he was pleased to have been able to redeem himself around the streets of Singapore.

“It is a tough race. It is not easy, that's for sure. It is just the temperatures. But also it is corner after corner after corner,” he said.

“There is never a real break and it is very bumpy. The focus you probably need here is as much as you can possibly get.

“But the track is fantastic. The fans here are amazing. There was a huge crowd here and they put on a great show here in Singapore again.”

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Renault’s Fernando Alonso picked up the final podium place with a solid drive to third, capitalising on the misfortune to strike Vettel and Nico Rosberg – who was also penalised for illegally exiting pit lane.

Following the controversy of the past fortnight, Alonso dedicated his result to recently ousted Renault boss Flavio Briatore who was last week handed a lifetime ban from motorsport.

“All season I think we have had a fantastic team. The mechanics, engineers, everybody in the factory, did their maximum,” he said.

“Sometimes we did get some good results, sometimes we have been a little bit unlucky. But finally this podium in this particular moment after what happened from Monza to here with the team.

“It has been a difficult time for the team. Now we put that behind us and we concentrate on the remaining races. I dedicate this podium to Flavio (Briatore) at home as he is part of the success we had today.”

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Meanwhile, the battle for the driver’s title swung firmly in Button’s favour after the Briton skipped ahead of his team mate during the final set of stops to finish fifth. Rubens Barrichello grabbed sixth place.

Button now holds a 15 point lead over Barrichello with three races remaining.

Australia’s Mark Webber endured a largely forgettable race, dropping behind Alonso at the start before passing the Spaniard a few corners later at turn seven, bravely sweeping past the Renault driver on the run-off area around the outside.

However, the stewards ruled the move to be illegal, forcing Webber to relinquish fourth spot to Alonso and Glock, who had managed to sneak ahead of the former World Champion soon after.

Webber’s evening came to a spectacular end 15 laps from the finish, suffering a brake failure which catapulted the German Grand Prix winner into the barriers at turn one.

 

Singapore Grand Prix Results

  1. L. Hamilton
  2. T. Glock
  3. F. Alonso
  4. S. Vettel
  5. J. Button
  6. R. Barrichello
  7. H. Kovalainen
  8. R. Kubica
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