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Singapore Grand Prix as it happened


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By David Ornstein

1600: Another gripping weekend of F1 racing comes to an end. A poor result for Lewis Hamilton, an average result for Jenson Button, a good result for Mark Webber, a very good result for Sebastian Vettel and a brilliant result for Fernando Alonso - winner of the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix. Fingers crossed this one will be remembered for all the right reasons after the Spaniard's tainted triumph at Marina Bay in 2008. Before I go, let me point you in the direction of Richard Rae's race report. Thank your for all your contributions, it's been an absolute pleasure. And on that note, I bid you farewell.

Fernando Alonso (1st): "Obviously it was tough. The race was long and with the safety car problems and also the people we were lapping especially at the end we found a group of five cars and it was difficult to lap them. There was a yellow flag on the straight. We had to manage the gap not to overtake the guys under the yellow. I took it very easy in the last couple of laps, we know how difficult it is overtake here."

Mark Webber (3rd): "We decided to pit and I questioned the team, but they said it's the right thing to do, stick with it. I got to the restart and thought, 'Ooh, that's not too bad.' I got caught up behind the Virgin and Lewis got a run on me. It was a key part of the race, it was important that I kept him out, it was the same as Monza for Lewis and I could easily have been out, and there was contact. It's not something you want to do all the time."

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1600: "What a season this is turning out to be, so captivating and twists and turns galore. Bring on Japan..."
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Sebastian Vettel (2nd): "The final two laps were the only chance I had but with the old tyres the car was sliding all over the place, it was difficult. During the pit stop I made a little mistake and if I hadn't then I think it would have been close. I tried to push him into a mistake, but he didn't make one, so it was difficult to overtake and it would have been too risky. In the en we go away with second place. The car was quick, competitive and we made good progress today. In the end it is good to get points for the team and it helps us in the constructers' championship and me in the drivers' championship."

1550: And now for some top-three chat...

Heikki Kovalainen on BBC One: "It always looks dramatic when it (car) is like that. I did not want to go into the pit lane with the car like that as it could have hurt a lot of people. I looked for the fire marshal on the pit straight and took the car there. There was a bit of damage but no-one got hurt and that is the man thing."

1545: Plenty of chat on whether Kovalainen should have been punished for not stopping earlier when his car was on fire at the end. He's talking to BBC TV was we speak so I'll get his take on the incident over to you asap. What we do know is that, if all else fails, the Finn could forge a career as a fireman - superb work with the extinguisher. But, jokes aside, it was all rather dangerous. He was standing on the start-finish straight with his back turned to oncoming traffic. Scary stuff.

akaEINino09 on 606: "Feel sorry for Lewis, looked and sounded absolutely gutted."

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Otra_vez_Tevez on 606: "Seems the Red Bull strategy is to knock out the McLarens. How Webber did not get a drive through is beyond me. Kubica pulled the same move to get past Hulkenberg and there was no collision. Webber knows he got away with it."

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1537: "Why wasn't Di Grassi penalised for essentially starting the chain reaction to the collision between Hamilton and Webber?"
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1536: Here comes the top three press conference...

1530: Caught your breath yet? No? OK, well you lot will be delighted to know the F1 forum is under way on the BBC red button and the live stream at the top of this page. DC's had to rush off to catch a flight but EJ's still there larking about with the crowd and Jake's delving into some post-race analysis.

Jenson Button on BBC One: "I wish it felt like a steady race I was flat out throughout. I took it easy on the rear tyres to begin with and I think it helped towards the end. I had the same sort of issue with rear stability. When you can't catch a Red Bull that has 30 more laps on its tyres shows how quick they are around here. We go to Japan happy, we have a good upgrade for that race. We wanted to have it here but couldn't because of reliability issues. I am still in the title race, it's a very small margin and we will race until the last race. There is everything to play for. Lewis' incident shows that consistency is important, but I need to be on that podium."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt on Twitter: "Webber re-takes his championship lead after his early pit gamble but Hamilton will be ruing that pass on him as he drops to third."

1525: Keep your chin up, Lewis, you're still very much in contention for the title. The top five drivers are now separated by 25 points with four races remaining, and it's 25 points for a race win. On we go to Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix on 10 October. This Formula 1 season just gets better and better.

1520: "I couldn't have expected a worse two races especially at this crucial stage of the season," Hamilton, who also failed to finish in Italy last time out, tells BBC One. "Let's just hope myself or Jenson can do it."

Lewis Hamilton on BBC Radio 5 live: "I saw Mark made a mistake and got caught by a backmarker so I knew I could slipstream him into Turn Seven and I thought I was enough past him. I couldn't see him and turned in and left enough room and the next thing I know I got hit. I don't know what happened. I'll have to watch it on TV and see what really happened. Twenty points is massive and with four races to go that is a big gap, I have to get my head down and hope for something."

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live analyst Anthony Davidson: "This was an absolute masterclass on how to lead from start to end and win a Formula 1 race."

1510: You can cut the tension between Red Bull team-mates Webber and Vettel with a knife as they emerge from their cockpits. Not a single word exchanged. Alonso, on the other hand, is beaming in his Ferrari overalls. The Spaniard leaps atop the podium, punching the air, waving to his fans, thumping his chest and pointing to his team on the ground. Trophies lifted, champagne sprayed. And well-deserved. Tremendous scenes.

1505: So where does that leave us? Alonso is up to second in the drivers' standings, 11 points adrift of leader Mark Webber (202 points), with Hamilton nine points behind Alonso, Vettel one point further back and Button now fifth on 177 points.

Chequered flag
Lap 61: Vettel cuts Alonso's advantage to two 10ths but the Spaniard completes his faultless drive to take the chequered flag for a second successive race win. Magical from the Ferrari man. Fist pumps galore. Vettel second, Webber third, Button fourth, Hamilton out.


Lap 60: "A masterful drive from Alonso," says commentator Jonathan Legard on BBC One. Meanwhile, Kovalainen's Lotus is on fire. Literally. He's out of the cockpit and extinguishing it himself, the Finn. Safety car? No sign of it just yet. Ooh and Vettel is pushing Alonso hard at the death.

Lap 58: Not long to go now and Alonso is bang on course for victory. Fine drive from Vettel, too, but he's slipped a couple of 10ths back and it looks like he'll have to settle for second.

Lap 56: Superb overtaking move sees Kubica leapfrog Sutil to snatch seventh position. The drivers say this race is one of - if not the - most physically demanding on the calendar. Stifling heat and humidity don't mix well with 61 laps in four layers of clothing and thick boots. Yet they're all still going hammer and tongs. Fair play.

Lap 55: Low fuel = light cars = quick laps. Alonso leads Vettel by one second, Webber almost 23 seconds adrift and Button 1.8 behind the Australian.

Lap 52: Top 10: Alonso, Vettel, Webber, Button, Rosberg, Barrichello, Sutil, Hulkenberg, Massa, Petrov. Out of the race: Hamilton, Heidfeld, Klien, Kobayashi, Senna, Trulli, Liuzzi. And Glock's just gone with a hydraulics problem.

Lap 50: A fastest lap for Vettel - 1:48.747. Alonso's advantage coming down to one second.

Pit-lane reporter Holly Samos on BBC Radio 5 live: "Rubert Kubica, who was fifth, has been forced to stop because of a right-rear puncture which is a shame because he was enjoying a good race."

Lotus team principal Tony Fernandes on Twitter: "After 47 laps we are still on the same lap as the leader. hasn't happened to us before."

Lap 47: Alonso's lead over Vettel stands at 1.2 seconds. Neither man can afford an error, huge levels of concentration required. Webber 13.7 seconds off the lead, Button 2.4 seconds further back. Pictures of a dejected Hamilton coming into us. He's pacing his way back to the pits with a face like thunder. Replay after replay of the incident on TV. Webber looked pretty innocent. And we have some OFFICIAL NEWS: There will no further action from stewards regarding the incident between Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "I've just been into the Ferrari garage and they are telling me that Fernando is right on the limit, and they have given him everything they can in terms of engine power. They are telling him to push, push, because Vettel is behind and faster."

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marcellt on 606: "If Webber get's punished, say by being DQd or getting any other penalty, it'll make the championship so much more exciting...the best thing for me as a pretty neutral fan would be if it really came down to the very last grand prix with 3 or 4 drivers competing for it."

Lap 44: Sebastian Vettel, pressuring Alonso for the lead, asks his race engineer to let him know "when" the brakes are looking marginal again. Meanwhile, the stewards are investigating the incident between Webber and Hamilton on lap 36 that ending the latter's race.

Jenson Button's race engineer: "OK Jenson, this pace is good, you are faster than Webber, his tyres are old and he's beginning to struggle. Keep it going."

Lap 42: Legard and Brundle discussing Hamilton-Webber-gate on BBC One. Was Hamilton right to try to close Webber out? Should Webber have slowed down? Voice your opinion by Tweeting me @bbcsport_david, sending a text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with FORMULA 1 before your message, or dipping into the 606 debate.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "I tell you what, Jenson Button has not given up on taking third place from Mark Webber. They can't match the amazing pace of Alonso and Vettel, but Button is matching Webber."

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badkarma66101 on 606: "Wow, who would've thought it. Alonso is way back into the WDC fight. Like him or not, but respect. He knows he needs to win, and gets on with it. And he's lucky with Hamilton's DNFs. It'll be interesting to see what they do with Webber. Brundle says it wasn't his fault, but my feeling is he shouldn't have been there when Hamilton turned in."

Lap 40: Up front, Alonso and Vettel are trading fastest laps and obliterating the field. They're seven seconds clear of Mark Webber in third with Jenson Button a further two second back.

Mark Webber's race engineer Ciaran Pilbeam: "Pressures OK. Front wing looks fine. Stay out."

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live analyst Anthony Davidson: "Unbelievable stuff, this must now be Lewis' championship chances well and truly over. I don't blame any of the drivers at all. They are all fighting for the title. If I was the stewards I wouldn't do anything. It is a racing incident."

Lap 36: Hamilton managed to overtake Mark Webber on the long straight - Raffles Boulevard - to Turn seven. But back comes Webber and his front right hits Hamilton's left rear. Hamilton is forced off the track and the title-chasing Briton is a non-finisher for the second race running. Disastrous for Hamilton's title bid.

Lap 36: Bad news for McLaren. Lewis Hamilton is out of the Singapore Grand Prix

Jenson Button is told over the team radio: "We are P5 behind Lewis. Webber, who is P3, is on old tyres and may be struggling with brake problems. Push hard at the restart."

Lap 35: Our intrepid pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz reveals that Ferrari reacted to Red Bull by bringing Alonso into the pits on lap 29. It looked to have been the other way round. Off goes the safety car, here we go...

Lap 34: Lewis Hamilton loses access to his drinks bottle. Not ideal in 67% humidity and 31 degree heat, not to mention the even higher temperatures inside the cockpit. "Keep pressing the button, we'll see what we can do," Hamilton is told on the team radio. Safety car still out there by the way.

Safety car
Lap 32: Oh dear. Kobayashi loses his rear and crashes at the exit of Turn 18. And then Bruno Senna compounds a woeful weekend by careering into the back of Kobayashi. Safety car comes out.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "That's really given the high ground to Fernando Alonso. Red Bull had nothing to lose by giving Vettel two or three laps to see if he could jump Alonso - but then they have so much more information than me and he's so much quicker on these new tyres."

Lap 31: Alonso leads Vettel but the German is right on his rival's tail. Back markers complicating things too. This is getting extremely tense.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "I'm really surprised McLaren didn't see that one coming with Webber a number of laps before."

Lap 29: Hamilton comes out behind Webber so the championship leader could be on for a podium finish. Now in come Alonso and Vettel. Then it's Button. Solid pits stops all round, although Vettel did nearly stall coming out. All the front runners on hard tyres now.

Lap 28: A bit of traffic hampers Alonso but he remains three seconds ahead of Vettel. Hamilton almost 29 seconds back and Button nearly 36. And the McLaren pit crew are getting ready... Hamilton comes in.

Lap 26: Alonso and Vettel are lapping three seconds quicker than anyone else. New FIA 'flexi-bodywork' regulations to hamper Ferrari and Red Bull? I think not. Vettel has made up seven 10ths on Alonso in the last two laps but the Spaniard still looks comfortable.

McLaren tell Hamilton: "Ok Lewis, we need you to try and find three/tenths to half a second a lap." They want him to stretch his lead over Webber so he can make a pit stop for tyres without risking losing his podium place.

Lap 23: "Ooh, Mark, keep it out of the barriers," says Martin Brundle on BBC One as Webber makes a mistake on the entry to Turn 18 and flirts with the Armco on the outside of the track.

Lap 23: Desperate to close the gap on Red Bull and Ferrari at high downforce, slow speed circuits, McLaren brought significant upgrades with them to Singapore but they're comfortably off the pace today. Hamilton is 19 seconds off the lead and Button 25.

Mark Webber is told by race engineer Ciaran Pilbeam: You're racing Hamilton for P3. He is 20 seconds ahead of you. (Fuel) mix 5 (to give the engine more power), have a go at Rubens."

Lap 21: Webber puts in a personal best but he's still 37 seconds off the lead back in eighth. He's clearly looking at the bigger picture, hoping his early change to hard tyres will stand him in good stead when the front runners head in to switch from softs to hards. Will Red Bull's gamble pay off?

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BBC Radio 5 live analyst Anthony Davidson: "Are Vettel and Red Bull lulling Ferrari into thinking they are the fastest car out there so that they pit sooner then they should? Why are they falling behind so dramatically? There must be a reason for it."

Ferrari race engineer Andrea Stella tells Fernando Alonso over the radio: "We keep being by far the fastest car on the track, so we keep going. There is no risk with the safety car any more." He's saying that another safety car would not expose them to danger from Webber and they will run as long as possible on this set of tyres."

Lap 18: We lost Liuzzi on lap one but apart from that it's all pretty uniform. Alonso continues to edge away from Vettel and the Red Bull, in turn, is streaking clear of Hamilton and Button. With no rain in the air, it's looking like a two-horse race...

Lap 16: And Alonso lowers the bar once more, this time to 1:51.520, and he's more than three seconds ahead of Vettel. Championship leader Webber struggling with the hard 'prime tyres - he's a staggering 30 seconds adrift of race leader Alonso.

Lap 15: Alonso responds with a new fastest lap - 1:51.709. As if to say 'Don't mess with me'. Elsewhere, we have a brief yellow flag but normal service resumes pretty quickly.

Lap 15: "Tyres good but I'm not pushing at all," says Vettel on the Red Bull team radio as he cuts Alonso's advantage by a tenth. Hamilton picking up pace too. Alonso made a slight error in first sector of lap 14.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live analyst Anthony Davidson: "Mark Webber is really showing me that he wants this championship and that he is ready to fight for it. He's driving very well."

Lap 14: This track is extremely demanding on the brakes. Last year, several driver including Webber suffered brake failure. It's all down to the stop-start nature of the circuit which means more pressure on the brakes. And this season's heavier fuel loads are hardly going to help. Alonso moves 2.6 seconds ahead of Vettel, 6.2 ahead of Hamilton, and 10.7 ahead of Button. The Spaniard is absolutely hammering this.

Lap 11: Reports coming through of the hard tyres sliding around. Very humid at the Marina Bay street circuit tonight. Alonso extending his lead at the head of the field. Vettel told on his team radio to "let the brakes cool, let the brakes cool". Bad news. Meanwhile, Webber takes Schumacher at Turn seven and he's up to eighth.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "It's interesting that the hard tyre looks slow. Mark Webber is 0.4secs slower than Alonso just in the first sector. That is key information for the front-runners about whether to come in early or not."

Lap seven: Superb overtaking move sees Webber pass Kobayashi into Turn five and then defend doggedly into Turn seven. The Australian championship leader is up to ninth. Up front, Alonso extends his advantage over Vettel to 1.393 seconds.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "To make this strategy work, Webber will have to clear the three cars in front of him quickly - Barrichello, Schumacher, Kobayashi, Glock. If he doesn't, he could lose a lot of time."

Lap five: Safety car comes in and we're back up and running. Alonso surges ahead, Webber sneaks past a couple of cars to re-enter the top 10. No more safety cars, please!

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson: "It's a gamble by Red Bull to bring Webber in during that safety car period. They are hoping that as the other front-runners stop, he will be able to bang in some quick laps and benefit from the fact that he's effectively had a free pit stop. But he could lose a lot of time behind Glock and the others before that happens."

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dyrewolfe on 606: "Yellow flags all over the place... safety car out… I think we'd better pray for some rain to make things interesting…"

Lap four: Webber is the only top-10 driver to come into the pits, switching from soft to hard tyres. Most of the others outside the top 10 do likewise. Massive gamble from Red Bull.

Safety car
Lap three: Liuzzi's car is parked by the wall on the exit of Turn 10, so here comes the safety car. This could be a long, long night.

Lap two: Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who started from the back of the grid after an engine mapping problem in qualifying, comes into the for hard tyres. That's the only stop the Brazilian needs to make so he'll now look to make his way up the field.

Lap one: Good start for Alonso. He won from pole last time out in Monza - can he do it again? Vettel can't quite get past so settles into second. Hamilton, Button and Webber all have decent starts too. So we're as we were, although here's a yellow flag...

1303: Alonso at the head of the field. The rest file into position. And we're go go go at the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix!

1300: The drivers are out on their formation lap. Nervous? Excited? Glued to your screen? All of the above? In two hours time, we should know a lot more about how the best F1 title race in recent history is shaping up. Almost there...

1255: Jonathan Legard has taken over from Jake on BBC One, which can only mean one thing. The 2010 Singapore Grand Prix is about to get going. But before it does, who not take a look at the circuit the 24 drivers are going to be tackling. Watch out, in particular, for the hazardous opening few corners, the Turn 10 chicane (aka the Singapore Sling) and the area around the grandstand at Turns 16, 17, 18 and 19.

1250: The Brundle gridwalk just gets better and better. That guy should have his own show. Anyway, time to move on. Ten minutes to go and it's time to point you remind you to take a look at our superb driver tracker during the race. It's the second option on the live stream at the top of this page. Go on, give it a go.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Singapore: "Thoughts for the race? Well, in theory, the front pack of title contenders - Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Mark Webber - should pull clear of the chasing group led by Williams's Rubens Barrichello. Vettel's pace looks to be slightly faster than Alonso's so he will be pushing the Ferrari hard off the line and through the first lap. Alonso will want to stay out in front as long as possible to try to stop Vettel jumping him in the pits. Tyre degradation isn't expected to be a problem in Singapore but educated guesses have it that the teams will come in from lap 15 onwards. But the safety car often makes an appearance around the tight, wall-lined Singapore track, and with 61 laps for the drivers to negotiate in hot, humid conditions it could well appear to squeeze the pack back up and create some extra drama."

1248: Comedy interview by Brundle with Lewis Hamilton's girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger of Pussycat Dolls fame. She says she's enjoying the X-Factor and that Hamilton is "in good cheers". She doesn't hear the final question and just replies "What?" so Brundle walks off.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Singapore: "Darkness is descending in Singapore. The event's organisers say that there are a growing number of F1 fans in Singapore - and that this weekend is a sell-out with 244,000 tickets sold. For stats fans, I can also tell you that 50,000 sticks of satay were sold last year and there were 55 grid girls glamming it up. The event is set to stay on the calendar until 2012 with an option of extending that deal with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone for a further two years. The Marina Bay area of the city locks down for the event just four days before the cars take to the track for Friday practice but construction work actually begins in May. There are no plans to move the race away from its current location even though a track is being built on the eastern side of Singapore in Changi. The plan for the new purpose-built track, which aims to be ready by 2012, is for it to host FIA-sanctioned Grade 2 races."

1243: "Statistically, Ferrari have been better starters than us but we have done so homework and hopefully we'll get Fernando at the start," Vettel tells Brundle on BBC One. "It's a long race, very humid and quite hot, There is no room for mistakes, one of the most difficult races of the year. We are up there and that's what counts. We wanted pole but second is not a disaster - the points are awarded on Sunday, not Saturday."

1239: So it's all to play for in the title race. Webber tops the standings with 187 points, five clear of Hamilton. Those two have a slight cushion on Alonso (166 points) and Button (165 points), while Vettel is fifth with 163 points. Just 24 points separate the top five and, in case you didn't know, it's 25 points for a race win. And here comes Martin Brundle's legendary pitwalk. Love this part.

OmarChaudhuri on Twitter: "Re 1215 Hitting the sack? Hardly. Us Asian sports fans are used to following sport to the wee hours, and then some."
How dare I underestimate you, Omar. Apologies!

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali: "Yesterday he (Fernando) performed very well considering. We had a little problem (with the engine) and he felt it straight away, we fixed it and then he did an incredible job yesterday. In the next two races we have a little bit to come in terms of updates and then in the last two I do not think we will have any major updates. I think now it is important to have a consistent car that is reliable and not to make mistakes."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Singapore: "McLaren's title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button line up together on the second row and the team say the successive world champions are free to race. Hamilton, who starts in third, is 22 points ahead of Button in the standings, but the team say there is no favouritism even at this critical stage in the season. 'I guarantee they will race each other,' said McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale. 'Jenson is no less hungry than Lewis is for this win. We do not have to win the race in the first lap. We need to keep the pressure on, try and keep Mark Webber behind us and [pole-sitter] Fernando Alonso has to worry about what's coming up behind him.' Neale also said the McLaren drivers are not on different strategies. 'There are no tactics,' he said. 'Jenson has been more aggressive here because it's a street circuit and Lewis has got the car well hooked-up underneath him. So we're looking forward to this one.'"

1228: Pole-sitter Fernando Alonso of Ferrari has been speaking with Lee McKenzie on BBC One. The Spaniard believes experience could be key to this title race and, as a two-time world champion, he has more experience than any of his rivals. Red Bull driver Webber has been in F1 for nine years but is yet to win a title, McLaren pair Lewis Hamilton and defending champion Jenson Button have one apiece and Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull is another seeking his first.

1220: That leads us nicely on to Mark Webber, the championship leader who starts from fifth on the grid after a somewhat disappointing performance in qualifying yesterday. "I knew the front row was going to be very competitive today, so I'm a bit disappointed to be off the second row," said the Australian. "But I couldn't have done a lap to get on the front row, so it could be worse - could be better - we keep hanging in there. It's a long race tomorrow, we'll see how it goes."

BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard on Twitter: "Just learnt that Webber has had new chassis this weekend. Still not happy with it. Might explain qualifying performance."

1215: So the Singapore Grand Prix is upon us. Just when many in south-east Asia would be thinking about hitting sack, we're going night racing under the floodlights of the Marina Bay street circuit. How better to spend your Sunday morning/afternoon/evening?

1210: Lots and lots and lots to get through in the build-up to the race. Plenty of news, views and interviews to bring to - and debate with - you over the next 50 minutes. The race starts at 2000 local time (1300 BST) and BBC One is going on air... right now. You can watch Jake, DC and EJ via the live stream at the top of this page too. There's also coverage of the race on BBC Radio 5 live for those of you who prefer or only have access to the ol' wireless.

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Roy Brookes on 606: "All the first 10 have a good chance and with rain, engine blow-ups, tyre choices and so many other imponderables playing their parts, it will be the man who can get the most out of his car and hold it all together until the end who wins."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Singapore: "Championship leader Mark Webber has gone backwards on the opening lap from his starting position in the last two races. The team have pinned the blame on the slower starts on clutch problems but because the Red Bull has quite a forward-biased weight distribution it also struggles for traction. Webber is protecting a slim five-point lead in the championship and does not want to lose ground from fifth on the grid. He says: '[The start] is something which there is a bit of focus on from the team at the moment. Our procedure plan is going to be pretty normal off the line but let's hope I can do a better job. I will do the start I can and then after that we need to get into the rhythm and see how it goes.'"

The sun is out
Renault on Twitter: "No rain overnight or this morning, beautiful sunshine, the track is dry."

1200: And so say Renault, too...

The sun is out
Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoigne on Twitter: "Weather dry and skies look clear, should be a dry race."

1158: Don't forget, today is not just about 24 men in rather fast cars - it's also about YOU. So don't be shy, get involved by Tweeting me @bbcsport_david, text in on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with FORMULA 1 before your message, or get bantering on having your say on the 606 message boards.

1155: The drivers' parade is taking place as we speak. I've always been a fan of this particular pre-race routine. These chaps may have money coming out of their ears but they wouldn't be where they are if the fans didn't turn up to the races - and they know it. It's a massive day and the drivers sure to be nervous, but they look happy as Larry waving to the spectators and smiling for the cameras.

David Coulthard and Lee McKenzie
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Singapore: "Hello from the East, where we are waiting patiently for this sultry September evening to fade to black so the season's only night race can get under way. Five days of living on European time, in order to keep in sync with the demands of the night-time schedule, is beginning to take its toll on Team BBC. Eating dinner at breakfast time is one thing but now David Coulthard has been taking make-up tips from pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie to take the shine off under the hot bulbs that light up the Marina Bay paddock and circuit. We've been joking that Saturday night fever set in after qualifying, where Ferrari celebrated Fernando Alonso's pole by sizzling large steaks on at barbecue at the back of their motorhome. Who knows what excitement Sunday night under Singapore's skies will bring..?"

1140: But in order to achieve that, Alonso must see off the challenge of Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Mark Webber. The five title contenders occupying the top five places on the grid with five races remaining. Hello and welcome to our coverage over the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix. The title run-in starts here...

1130: On 28 September 2008, Fernando Alonso, already a double champion, once again etched his name into Formula 1 folklore by winning the sport's inaugural floodlit race at the newly-built Marina Bay street circuit. Little did he know it as he celebrated long into the Singapore night, but Alonso's victory was to spark one of the most depressing episodes in F1 history. Nelson Piquet Jr was alleged to have deliberately careered into a wall at the exit of Turn 17 to bring out the safety car and aid his then Renault team-mate's chances. Following a long and painful race-fixing investigation, Piquet Jr and Renault were found guilty - and Alonso's triumph was forever tarnished. Almost exactly two years on from that now-infamous evening under the lights, the Spaniard has the perfect opportunity to clinch a victory in Singapore that will be remembered for all the right reasons.

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After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

FIA Formula 1 World Championsh 2016

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 385
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 380
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 256
4 Germany S Vettel Ferrari 212
5 M Verstappen Red Bull 204
6 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 186
7 Mexico S Perez Force India 101
8 Finland V Bottas Williams 85
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 72
10 Spain F Alonso McLaren 54
11 Brazil F Massa Williams 53
12 C Sainz Toro Rosso 46
13 France R Grosjean Haas F1 29
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 25
15 Great Britain J Button McLaren 21
16 Denmark K Magnussen Lotus 7
17 Brazil F Nasr Sauber 2
18 J Palmer Lotus 1
19 P Wehrlein Manor Marussia F1 1
21 Mexico E Gutierrez Haas F1 0
22 Sweden M Ericsson Sauber 0
23 E Ocon Manor Marussia F1 0

Points projected from latest race positions

see also
Flawless Alonso wins in Singapore
26 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Singapore Grand Prix photos
26 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Singapore qualifying as it happened
25 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso storms to Singapore pole
25 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Red Bulls head Button in practice
24 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Webber fastest in first practice
24 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso beats Button to Monza win
12 Sep 10 |  Formula 1

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