Singapore GP: Sebastian Vettel wins ahead of Jenson Button as Lewis Hamilton retires

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Singapore Grand Prix for the second straight year on Sunday, jumping up to second place in the Formula One drivers' championship.

updated: September 30, 2012 01:50 IST
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Singapore: Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel positioned himself as the main challenger to Fernando Alonso's Formula One title chances by earning his second straight Singapore Grand Prix win on Sunday, jumping up to second place in the drivers' championship.

Vettel inherited the lead from pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton of McLaren, who led the race until he suffered a gearbox failure on lap 23 of 59 and had to retire. It was defending champion Vettel's second win of the season after Bahrain and he reinvigorated his chances of earning a third straight title.

"We benefited a little bit from Lewis' failure," Vettel said. "We had a very, very strong pace all weekend and a good start, which got us in the hunt.

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