Sebastian Vettel benefitted from a gearbox failure for McLaren's Lewis Hamilton to take a second consecutive victory at the Singapore Grand Prix. The Red Bull man managed the race perfectly from the front, after Hamilton stopped from the lead a third of the way into the race. Jenson Button came in a strong second place in the other McLaren, while Fernando Alonso finished on the podium for yet another race, gaining two places due to retirements for Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado who were ahead of the Ferrari. The win for Vettel takes the reigning champion up to second in the drivers' championship.
Hamilton began on pole alongside Williamsâ€™ Pastor Maldonado, the two having a history of coming together on track in the past. Practice pacesetter Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button started on the second row, while Fernando Alonso could only manage a fifth on the grid with a qualifying time eight tenths off the pace, followed by Paul di Resta in the Force India and Mark Webberâ€™s Red Bull. Returning Romain Grosjean and the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg rounded off the top ten.