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F1: Vettel triumphs in Singapore to close in on title

AFP and Reuters, SINGAPORE

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, bottom center, powers his car ahead of the field at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix in Singapore yesterday.

Photo: AFP

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel took another giant step toward a successful defense of his drivers’ title as he won the Singapore Grand Prix yesterday.

The German, who started on pole, could have wrapped up the world championship, but was denied on the night after Jenson Button in a McLaren came home second and Red Bull teammate Mark Webber took third.

The 24-year-old Vettel will be hoping to seal the drivers’ championship when the season moves next to the Japanese Grand Prix in less than two weeks.

His victory under the lights at Singapore’s Marina Bay street circuit was his 19th career victory and ninth win of a hugely successful season.

Vettel tops the standings 124 points clear of Button and well ahead of Fernando Alonso, who came home in fourth, with just 125 points still available this season.

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