A fourth successive title for Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel looks inevitable after he dominated the Singapore Grand Prix to take his third win in a row. Fernando Alonso’s superb start and brave tyre strategy helped him to take a distant second place, while Kimi Raikkonen overcame back pain to take third place for Lotus.
Sebastian Vettel took yet another pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix, despite sitting out the final few minutes of qualifying. The defending world champion chose to only complete only flying lap in Q3, but no-one could beat his time, though Nico Rosberg did come within a tenth of a second in his Mercedes. Romain Grosjean took a surprise third place, with Lewis Hamilton in fifth and Fernando Alonso behind his team-mate in seventh.
Singapore marks the start of Formula 1’s tour of Asia, which consists of see five races in seven weeks that will go a long way to deciding who is going to be crowned this year’s world champion. Sebastian Vettel has a significant lead of 53 points and will take some catching, but the tight and twisty Singapore street circuit is a challenge for all the drivers, and the stifling humidity makes it a test of fitness as well as skill.