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    Three points. That's all the separates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

    On the face of it, it's nothing with 150 still on the table. But this win, Hamilton's second on the bounce and seventh to Rosberg's four, was huge in terms of momentum.

    Rosberg needs to respond by sticking his car on pole at Suzuka and taking a dominant victory. If Hamilton beats him again, the Briton could run away with it.

    Thanks for your company, it's been a blast. Until next time, it's good afternoon from me. See ya.

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    Nico Rosberg gamely turns out for the Mercedes team photo, but he can understandably barely raise a smile as everyone else cheers Lewis Hamilton's race victory - his seventh of a season.

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    Next stop on the F1 World Championship is Japan's iconic Suzuka circuit, which will be live across the BBC. It's an early start, with first practice kicking off at 02:00 BST on Friday 3 October. I'll be with you from 01:30.

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    Fernando Alonso: I fought until the last lap. So close to the leaders. Confirmed: The best weekend so far. More to come in 15 days!!

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    Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel

    Here's Andrew Benson's developing race report. We'll have video highlights on the website later today, with a sparkly highlights show hitting your screens on BBC One at 17:00 BST.

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    Little wonder that Daniil Kvyat suffered from dehydration after his Torro Rosso team revealed his drinks bottle failed before the race even started. It's incredible that he managed to cope until the end.

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    Fernando Alonso: Amazing fans here at the circuit and all of you from home!! Proud of you and big thanks again!!

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    Williams' Felipe Massa admits that even if he had pitted for tyres during the safety car, he would still have finished fifth but would have been closer to Fernando Alonso. His team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who was on slightly older tyres, says his tyres died on the last lap causing him to lose places and finish out the points in 11th. Nevertheless, Williams stay ahead of Ferrari in third in the constructors' for now.

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    Mercedes lead Red Bull in the constructors' championship by 174 points, with Williams 118 further back. Ferrari are in fourth, nine points adrift.

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    Podium Singapore GP

    That's only the second time this season that Red Bull, the reigning world champions, have got two drivers on the podium. It's Vettel's best result of the season and third podium of the year. For Ricciardo, it's seventh podium.

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    So this is the first time since after the Spanish Grand Prix in May that Lewis Hamilton leads the drivers' standings. This is how it stands with five races to go. Hamilton leads Nico Rosberg by three points and Daniel Ricciardo by a further 57.


    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton does his best Bruce Forsyth impression as he celebrates his seventh victory of the season.

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    Mercedes: Spare a thought too for Nico Rosberg - desperate bad luck but he'll be back better than ever in Japan!

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    Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne

    Jean-Eric Vergne matched his best finish of the season with sixth, moving his tally to 19, 11 clear of Toro Rosso team-mate Daniil Kvyat. Despite outscoring his younger team-mate, Toro Rosso have chosen not to re-sign him for next season. So it's just as well the Frenchman is performing at just the right time as he looks to secure a seat on the grid elsewhere.

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    Nico Rosberg

    Mercedes co-team boss Toto Wolff says it Nico Rosberg's Mercedes had a hardware problem, a loom within the steering column broke.

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    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo on Fernando Alonso going off and giving Vettel but not the Australian the place back at the first corner: "I will have to have a look, he went off, I knew he would give it back to Seb but he didn't give it back to me. I had to focus on regrouping. To get on podium is not a bad result."

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    "It is a circuit I really enjoy," says Sebastian Vettel, who has finished on the podium in each of the last five Singapore Grands Prix. "The atmosphere is great but it is tough. I had a good start, got past Daniel, then had a decent race, but the safety car came at the worst point for us with tyres borderline."

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    Lewis Hamilton

    "I had dream this would happen last night," says Lewis Hamilton. "A huge thanks to the team. What we've done this year is incredible. I knew we have a car we can fight with, and it was a great feeling throughout the race."

    On his final pit stop: "The pressure was not too bad. I didn't not know the situation, if, for example the safety car would come out, but I knew we had a chance to get by."

    On taking the lead in the drivers' championship: "Things have changed for me absolutely. I looked for a clean weekend and this was it. We always strive to get both cars 1-2 that was our goal, so things still to work on."

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    Lovely atmosphere on the podium with all three soaking each other in the bubbly stuff. Lewis Hamilton has a sip of champagne and then readies himself for the post-race interviews, which will be carried out by our very own Eddie Jordan.

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    Sebastian Vettel
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    The Singapore Grand Prix retains its tradition of always being won by a world champion, Lewis Hamilton winning the event for the second time in his career. Sebastian Vettel has won three and Fernando Alonso two.

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    The British national anthem rings out at Marina Bay as Lewis Hamilton beams on the top step of the podium with Sebastian Vettel to his right and Daniel Ricciardo to his left.

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    Will Southgate: There's F1 drivers then there's Lewis Hamilton. Absolute. Different. Class.

    James Dziire: Awesome race Lewis Hamilton great strategy Mercedes

    BC Mayo: Well done Lewis Hamilton. What an amazing driver. That was a flawless drive. You deserve the championship title.

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    Lewis Hamilton tidies his hair up and gulps down some water as the trio chat in the pre-podium room. Meanwhile, his Mercedes mechanics make their way to the bottom of the podium, along with his father Anthony.

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    So Lewis Hamilton takes the lead of the Formula 1 World Championship, three points clear of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

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    Second is Sebastian Vettel's best result of the year, the German telling his team that he did everything he could as he had no tyres left at the end of the race.


    Lewis Hamilton: "Awesome job lads. We've worked so hard and it's paying off."


    1) Lewis Hamilton 2) Sebastian Vettel 3) Daniel Ricciardo 4) Fernando Alonso 5) Felipe Massa 6) Jean-Eric Vergne 7) Sergio Perez 8) Kimi Raikkonen 9) Nico Hulkenberg 10) Kevin Magnussen

    11) Valtteri Bottas 12) Pastor Maldonado 13) Romain Grosjean 14) Daniil Kvyat 15) Marcus Ericsson 16) Jules Bianchi 17) Max Chilton

    DNF: Jenson Button, Adrian Sutil, Esteban Gutierrez, Nico Rosberg and Kamui Kobayashi.

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    What a brilliant finish as Sergio Perez fights up to seventh, with Valtteri Bottas eventually running out of tyres and dropping down to 11th.

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    What a result for Lewis Hamilton, who weaves across the track in celebration as the fireworks are lit along the start-finish straight.


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    Lewis Hamilton wins the Singapore Grand Prix.

  32. LAST LAP

    We've switched to a time-limited race, because we're approaching the two-hour time limit.

  33. LAP 60

    Jean-Eric Vergne is having a stunner. He passes Kimi Raikkonen and then Valtteri Bottas to run sixth. He needs to now open up a five-second lead to ensure he'll definitely keep this position because of a five-second penalty.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Valtteri Bottas is doing a great job handling the pressure. One mistake will lose him not just one, but two places."

  35. LAP 59

    We have three laps remaining - or three minutes, whichever is sooner. Meanwhile, Jean-Eric Vergne passes Nico Hulkenberg for eighth place, but he'll have a five-second penalty added to his time for exceeding track limits.

  36. LAP 58

    Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso are running in close proximity, but none of the trio look able to launch a pass. If it stays like this, it means Alonso's gamble to pit during the safety car hasn't worked out.

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    Ashley Wilkinson: There are no words to describe this drive from Lewis Hamilton. Simply stunning. Pure racing at it's absolute finest. #HAMMERTIME

    Karen Prophet: Like candy from a baby

    Jeremiah Kariuki: What an easy pass by Lewis Hamilton despite Singapore being a difficult track to overtake. The 25 points are Lewis's. Go for it!

  38. LAP 57

    There are five laps - or six minutes - remaining, with Lewis Hamilton leading by six seconds with Sebastian Vettel second and Daniel Ricciardo third.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It is heartening to see three different manufacturers running so close so near the end of this grand prix."

  40. LAP 56

    Pastor Maldonado's hopes of scoring his first point of the season look all but over as Kevin Magnussen passes him for 10th. Meanwhile, Daniel Ricciardo puts pressure on Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel with Fernando Alonso in turn putting pressure on Ricciardo. That's the fight for second, third and fourth.

  41. LAP 55

    Fernando Alonso chases Daniel Ricciardo, the Spaniard is just 0.6 seconds behind, but he can't find a way through. Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, is flying away at the front. If he stays where he is, Hamilton will take the lead of the drivers' championship for only the second time this year.

  42. LAP 54


    Lewis Hamilton is all over the back of Sebastian Vettel and after a few corners, makes the pass move at Turn Seven to reclaim the lead. Vettel, on much older tyres, could do very little there. Meanwhile, Jenson Button retires after a loss of power.

  43. LAP 53

    Nico Rosberg watches from pitwall

    Nico Rosberg watches the race from the pit-wall as Lewis Hamilton sets off in pursuit of race leader Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton is on fresher tyres and is so much quicker than the German. You sense it's only a matter of time.

  44. LAP 52

    Lewis Hamilton pits and takes on the soft tyres. It's a good stop. But is it enough to get out in front of the Red Bulls? No! Sebastian Vettel takes the lead, but Daniel Ricciardo hasn't done enough and can only watch Hamilton slot in in front of him in second.


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    Lewis Hamilton: "My right rear is getting seriously worn. I'm not sure it will explode or not."

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "If they do a perfect pit stop it is possible Lewis can come out between the two Red Bulls."

  47. LAP 51

    Lewis Hamilton's tyres may be going off, but he's still pulling away at the front. The Mercedes leads by 25.2 seconds from Sebastian Vettel with Daniel Ricciardo a further three seconds adrift.

  48. LAP 50

    Lewis Hamilton tells his team that his tyres are going off and they need to pit him. His race engineer tries to calm him down, telling him that things are going to plan.

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    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "These drivers' drinks bottles are like a boiling hot cup of tea for the drivers."


    Jenson Button, who is chasing Valtteri Bottas in the battle for sixth: "The Williams is so fast in a straight line."

  51. LAP 49

    Lewis Hamilton leads by 21.1 seconds with 12 laps to go.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Hamilton's gap is not increasing as much as it was. Last time around it was 0.8 secs and he was saying on his radio his rear tyres are going off. He may have to do the overtaking on the track."

  53. LAP 48

    Pastor Maldonado, who crashed on Friday, is currently 10th and on course to score his first point of the year.

  54. LAP 47

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    Lewis Hamilton leads by 20.3 seconds now, with Sebastian Vettel second and Daniel Ricciardo third. Fernando Alonso is almost in the DRS window as he chases Ricciardo, the gap just 1.2 seconds.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Lewis is delivering what he needed. The team gave him the information and he understood it. He will run out of tyres eventually but can he keep that gap growing?"

  56. LAP 46

    Kevin Magnussen pits from ninth and rejoins in 14th, one place behind Marcus Ericsson in the Caterham. Lewis Hamilton leads by 18.7 seconds with 15 laps to go.

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    Guy Ward: Not surprising to see all the rookies struggling in such alien conditions

    Matty D: Kinda feel bad for Kvyat

    Tom Howells: Given complaints from Kvyat and Magnussen about heat and cramp, how will Verstappen cope here next season?

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    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "What Kvyat was talking about brings about fatigue, and that's when you have accidents and safety cars."

  59. LAP 45

    Fernando Alonso is starting to close the gap on Daniel Ricciardo in the battle for third, while Lewis Hamilton extends his lead to 17 seconds. The Mercedes driver is two seconds quicker than anyone else. Super job.


    Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat: "Sorry guys, but without the drink I'm dying here."

  61. LAP 44

    Lewis Hamilton leads by 15.6 seconds. He needs about 22 for a pit stop. If Hamilton doesn't get a big enough gap, he will likely rejoin in fourth, with Vettel, Ricciardo and Alonso all moving ahead of him and all trying not to stop again. So Hamilton will have to pass all three to win, albeit on fresher tyres.

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    Marussia's Alexander Rossi on 5 live: "I can't think how nuclear Lewis would go if they don't win this race."

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Daniel Ricciardo is just 1.1 secs behind Sebastian Vettel and will be losing some down force. You don't want to be sliding around getting to the end of the race."

  64. LAP 43

    Mercedes says they are targeting another seven laps on these tyres for Lewis Hamilton. "Isn't that a bit risky if a safety car comes out?" asks Hamilton. "No," comes the reply. "We'll be straight in if that's the case."

  65. CURRENT TOP 10

    1) Ham 2) Vet 3) Ric 4) Alo 5) Mas 6) Bot 7) But 8) Rai 9) Ver 10) Mag

  66. LAP 42

    Adrian Sutil retires to complete a miserable weekend for Sauber. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton leads by 10.9 seconds. He needs more, though, if he is to pit and rejoin in the lead. Otherwise, he's going to have to win this race the hard way.

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    Neil Duncan: Too late for Bernie to abolish double points at the last race? No F1 fan wants the championship decided like that... especially not 2014!

  68. LAP 41

    Sebastian Vettel is told that they want to try to get to the end of the race, but the German says he doesn't think it'll be possible. His race engineer tells him that he needs to find a way, because that's what Daniel Ricciardo and others around him are doing and he'll have to pass to many cars if he pits.

    Twenty laps to go.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    On Lewis Hamilton: "If he can continue to pull out three seconds a lap he is on target to coming out from his pit stop in front."

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    Phoebe Rountree: To say Lewis is flying is a major understatement.

    Reece Young: Lewis needs to find quite a bit of time. Safety car period hasn't helped him. One second in the middle sector should do it

    Adeel Ejaz: Hey Lewis Hamilton, it's hammer-time!

  71. LAP 40

    Felipe Massa is told the team want to try and get to the end of the race without stopping. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton sets the fastest lap of the race to extend his advantage to 6.2 seconds. This is brilliant from the 2008 world champion. The stuff of champions.

  72. LAP 39

    Stunning pace from Lewis Hamilton, who opens up a lead of 3.3 seconds after just one lap. That'll do nicely.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Look at the tyre debris off line. It will make it increasingly difficult for cars to pass."

  74. LAP 38

    Lewis Hamilton

    The Singapore Grand Prix is go, go, go again! Lewis Hamilton makes a lovely restart, zipping away at the front. He has got to get on with it now to get a lead big enough to make a pit stop. In his words, "It's hammer-time!"

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    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "Magnussen is suffering from cramps - he's deydrated."

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    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "The man to watch is the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso. Can he challenge Hamilton for the win?"

  77. LAP 37

    The safety car will be coming in at the end of the lap - and not a moment too soon.

  78. LAP 36

    If things stay like this, Lewis Hamilton will take the lead of the drivers' championship by three points from Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.


    Williams' Valtteri Bottas: "Steering feels a bit weird. It's a bit sticky."

  80. LAP 35

    Lewis Hamilton is giving the safety car a hurry up, the Briton all too aware that he needs to keep the temperatures up in those tyres. When we get back under way, Hamilton will have work to do. He has an extra pit stop to make as he hasn't used the soft tyres yet. His rivals have used both so don't have to stop.

    Lapped cars can now overtake the safety car, so we should be back under way shortly.


    1) Ham 2) Vet 3) Ric 4) Alo 5) Mas 6) Bot 7) But 8) Rai 9) Ver 10) Mag

  82. LAP 34

    David Coulthard says that this safety car period gives the drivers a bit of a break in these physically tough conditions. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton locks up as he tries to keep heat in those tyres.


    Sebastian Vettel: "Let's go as long as we can on primes and do 12 laps on options."

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    Simon Lord: Hamilton staying out? Is that a good idea? Could have gone to the softs like everyone else

    Tom Priestner: Can't remember last time we saw Hamilton and Alonso racing each other. Probably the two best drivers in F1?

    Carol: Yay a bit of excitement.

  85. LAP 33

    Teams will be quickly rethinking strategies as the safety car stays out for another lap. Lewis Hamilton leads the race, with Sebastian Vettel second, Daniel Ricciardo third and Fernando Alonso fourth. Meanwhile, the marshals are doing a good job picking up the chunks of debris. Shouldn't be too long until we have a restart.


    Lewis Hamilton: "Hey man, that was a little bit late there. I was literally going over the stuff [Perez's debris] as you told me."

  87. LAP 32

    Safety car comes out for the seventh year in a row in Singapore. Lewis Hamilton stays out, as does Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo but Fernando Alonso pits. The Spaniard rolls the dice.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Adrian Sutil was not fully ware that Sergio Perez was there and squeezes him up against the wall and catches the front wing."

  89. LAP 31

    Sergio Perez's front wing breaks off, after getting squeezed by Adrian Sutil. Half of it becomes lodged underneath the car, the rest of sprays across the circuit Surely there's going to be a safety car.

  90. LAP 30

    We're half-way through the race, with one hour of the two-hour time limit remaining. Felipe Massa is coming under pressure from the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in the battle for sixth.

  91. LAP 29

    Another fastest lap from Lewis Hamilton to extend his advantage over Fernando Alonso to 5.2 seconds.


    Daniel Ricciardo: "Loss of power and I've just lost some gears."

  93. LAP 28

    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton responds to Fernando Alonso's pace with a fastest lap of his own. The Mercedes driver extends his lead to 4.4 seconds, with Sebastian Vettel 5.9 seconds further adrift in third. Good performance from Ferrari here with Kimi Raikkonen having a decent drive, too, in seventh.

  94. LAP 27

    Daniel Ricciardo pits from the lead, allowing Lewis Hamilton to regain control. But it's Fernando Alonso who is flying right now, the Spaniard setting the fastest lap and is now just 3.9 seconds behind Hamilton.

  95. LAP 26

    Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes taking no chances on their pit stop, everything is clean and tidy but not super quick. The Briton heads back out on the super-soft tyres, so he'll stop at least one more time this afternoon.

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    nico rosberg

    Nico Rosberg talking on 5 live: "The steering wheel did not work and then the whole car wasn't working. We need to find out what the problem was because again we have a reliability problem.

    "We've had a few this year and that's our weakness. We need to get to the bottom of it and make the car 100% reliable.

    "It tough not even leaving the grid. I was hoping the team could fix it [after the race had started] because it was going on and off, sometimes working, sometimes not.

    "There's no point in shouting, it's reliability issue, and it's happened again."

  97. LAP 25

    Sebastian Vettel pits and takes on the soft tyres. It's a good stop, but not good enough as Fernando Alonso, on the super-soft tyres, flies past into second. Super out-lap from Alonso, making the most of those more durable tyres.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Fernando Alonso will give it everything in this out lap to try to get an advantage on Sebastian Vettel."

  99. LAP 24

    Fernando Alonso pits from third and rejoins in fifth, six seconds behind his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. That promotes Daniel Ricciardo to third.

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    Nico Rosberg, who retired on lap 14, speaking to Lee McKenzie: "It wasn't so much a roller coaster ride because it was all downhill for me. It was very frustrating to drive behind a Caterham and sit on a grid and watch everyone else leave. But that is the way it is. I was stuck with no power, only able to shift gear pedals, but even there not every gear. It was all over the place."

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    Pete Naylor: After that quali, I was really looking forward to a proper fight between Nico and Lewis. Gutted - we've missed out on good racing.

    James Locke: I'd love to see a recovery drive from Nico Rosberg help his popularity, stop the booing and make his potential F1 title deserved.

    Kristine Kirby: Who will people boo today without Nico on the podium? You ARE Mercedes today Lewis, show them why you are the real thing

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  102. LAP 23

    Felipe Massa pits from fifth and rejoins in ninth, behind his Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Good performance from the Brazilian, who has suffered so much heartbreak at this venue.

  103. LAP 22

    Fernando Alonso is flying, the Spaniard now just 1.6 seconds behind Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel. Lewis Hamilton continues to cruise at the front, his lead now 9.2 seconds.

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    Kamui Kobayashi

    It's been a bad day in the office for Kamui Kobayashi, the Japanese driver managing to keep his drive for this race, but not able to take the start as he pulled off the track on the formation lap.

  105. LAP 21

    Sauber report that Esteban Gutierrez had an electrical problem with the power unit so they decided to take him out of the race. Meanwhile, Max Chilton pits with a front right puncture.

  106. LAP 20

    New fastest lap from Fernando Alonso, who is just 2.7 seconds behind Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull. Could we have another tasty battle between these two world champions for second coming up shortly? Lewis Hamilton leads by 7.5 seconds.

  107. LAP 19

    Esteban Gutierrez is furious as he is forced to pull into the garage and retire his Sauber. The Mexican takes his gloves off and slams them down on the cabinet and then heads off to the corner to compose himself.


    Rosberg retires

    This was the scene at the start of the race, when Nico Rosberg failed to get away for the formation lap and was pushed into the pits. He did get going, but retired on lap 14.

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    Simon Perry: Rosberg won't be happy, he might 'throw his wheel out the pram'

    Bumbathecat: Are the gremlins finally tiring of Lewis and want to have fun with Nico now? Have the tables turned?

    Tom Lightfoot: Come on Lewis Hamilton drive it home nicely and you're the championship leader!

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  110. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It is not looking like Sebastian Vettel has the equipment to compete with Hamilton."

  111. LAP 18

    Jenson Button is doing a decent job on the soft tyres in eighth, managing to match those around him who are on the super-softs. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton sets the fastest lap of the race.

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    Mercedes: The car refused to get out of neutral - plan had been to stall and restart, but it wasn't to be

  113. LAP 17

    Lewis Hamilton is told he is doing a good job as he leads Sebastian Vettel by 7.7 seconds with 44 laps remaining. Fernando Alonso is third, with Daniel Ricciardo fourth and Felipe Massa fifth, having jumped ahead of Kimi Raikkonen during the stops.

  114. LAP 16

    Nico Rosberg's wife manages to draw a smile from a husband, who has decided to leave his helmet on as he stands in the garage, watching his mechanics work on the car.

  115. LAP 15

    Felipe Massa passes Sergio Perez for sixth place, the Brazilian now 7.6 seconds behind Daniel Ricciardo. Meanwhile, Tom Clarkson reports that the reason why Nico Rosberg was so slow on his last lap before pitting is because his car was stuck in the lowest engine mode.

  116. LAP 14

    Nico Rosberg crawls into the pits at a snail's pace. The team switch everything off and give the systems a reboot. The German presses a number of buttons on the steering wheel as they attempt to select a gear.

    Rosberg's admitted defeat, though. He waves his hands to signal that it's over. Moments later, his engineer gives the signal. NICO ROSBERG IS OUT OF THE SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX.


    Sebastian Vettel's race engineer: "You're not going to undercut Hamilton so save tyres and fuel."

  118. LAP 14

    Lovely clean stop from Mercedes who get Lewis Hamilton in and out in super quick time. The 2008 world champion rejoins just in front of Jenson Button, who might be going quite long this afternoon. It's not often this season that we've had British drivers running one-two.


    Rosberg's race engineer: "We will be changing the steering wheel so will drop you off the jacks."

  120. Post update

    Mercedes: HE'S BACK WITH US! Radio returns for Nico Rosberg - we can hear you Nico, we can hear you!

  121. LAP 13

    Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo all pit at the same time, with Red Bull double stopping their drivers. Super work from the reigning world champions to service them efficiently. They retain their formation on exit.

  122. Post update

    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Rosberg is really struggling at the back of the field, but the reason he is staying out there is because there is always the chance of a saftey car."

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    Simon Perry: Rosberg won't be happy, he might 'throw his wheel out the pram'

    Rob Gore: Gotta wonder if Hamilton comes to lap him, whether Rosberg would try anything to protect his points lead...

    John Ferguson: Lewis need not put himself under pressure from Vettel esp. with Rosberg in 20th

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  124. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Rosberg has obviously got a major electronic issue. The car thinks it is running in the rain."

  125. LAP 12

    Felipe Massa pits, which suggests he is going for a three-stop strategy. The Brazilian was running sixth, 1.5 seconds clear of McLaren's Jenson Button. Daniil Kvyat pits, too, and rejoins behind Nico Rosberg. But it takes him just one corner to pass the struggling Mercedes. What a miserable afternoon for the championship leader.

  126. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    On Rosberg's woes: "Why not look at retiring the car. All other operational parts can be used in other races. It doesn't look like he will score points this afternoon."

  127. LAP 11

    Singapore grand prix

    It was a cracker of the start, with Fernando Alonso cutting the corner and giving a place back to Sebastian Vettel.Lewis Hamilton leads by 3.8 seconds, with Vettel second and Alonso third.

  128. LAP 10

    Adrian Sutil is the first man into the pits, the German currently running 18th in the Sauber. Nico Hulkenberg follows his countryman in.

  129. LAP NINE

    Nico Rosberg is really struggling, the German forced to avoid using fourth gear as he flicks through the gears. The German is lapping five seconds slower than his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who leads Sebastian Vettel at the front of the field by 3.1 seconds.

  130. LAP EIGHT

    Jean-Eric Vergne, who is fighting for his F1 career, passes Toro Rosso team-mate Daniil Kvyat for 10th place and sets off in pursuit of Kevin Magnussen. Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg cannot find a way past Marcus Ericsson.


    Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne: "What are we waiting for [Kvyat] is losing ground."

  132. LAP SEVEN

    Lewis Hamilton doing a good job on fuel consumption while also stretching out a bit of a lead over Sebastian Vettel. He now heads the German by 2.3 seconds, with Fernando Alonso 2.6 seconds further back.

  133. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Rosberg is stuck behind Caterham's Ericsson and is running at five seconds a lap slower than team-mate Hamilton."

  134. LAP SIX

    Nico Rosberg is stuck behind the Caterham of Marcus Ericsson. That's not something the German would have imagined encountering when he woke up this morning. He's currently 20th, more than 40 seconds adrift of Mercedes team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton


    Daniil Kvyat's race engineer: "Attack Magnussen. Attack Magnussen."

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Lewis Hamilton knows he needs breathing space, so if Sebastian Vettel goes for early tyres he won't get the chance of jumping him."

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    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "Nico Rosberg has been told by his team that pit stop will be difficult."

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  139. LAP FIVE

    Sebastian Vettel sets the fastest lap of the race to keep the gap at 1.6 seconds. The German is doing a great job of hanging on to leader Lewis Hamilton. Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg passes Max Chilton for 20th.

  140. LAP FOUR

    Kevin Magnussen is under investigation by the stewards - not for the first time this season - after exceeding track limits at Turn Seven. He's currently ninth, one place behind Williams' Valtteri Bottas.

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    Marussia reserve driver Alexander Rossi on 5 live: "Nico's going have a really bad day. I don't know how he's going to be able to do a pit stop [without any data on his dashboard]."

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "If the race was to finish now Hamilton would be in the lead of the world championship."

  143. LAP THREE

    Sebastian Vettel is just 1.6 seconds behind race leader Lewis Hamilton, with Fernando Alonso two seconds adrift. The top two are lapping in the mid 1m53s.

    1) Hamilton 2) Vettel 3) Alonso 4) Ricciardo 5) Raikkonen 6) Massa 7) Button 8) Bottas 9) Magnussen 10) Kvyat

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Rosberg is shifting so early and is so slow in a straight line."

  145. LAP TWO

    The stewards say that there will be no further action with regards Fernando Alonso cutting the first corner. Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg has got going and is on the same lap, but he's struggling to keep up with the Marussia of Max Chilton.


    Nico Rosberg's race engineer: "The only thing working on your dash is the gear shift paddles."

  147. LAP ONE

    So Lewis Hamilton leads the field through the first lap, with Sebastian Vettel in second. It's a super start for Kevin Magnussen, moving up to sixth, but he makes a mistake, slipping back down to ninth. The incident involving Fernando Alonso with regards track limits is under investigation.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Interesting to see how many places Alonso must give back for missing that first corner."

  150. GO! GO! GO!

    It's a perfect start for Lewis Hamilton, who needs to make the most of his team-mate Nico Rosberg's frustration. Sebastian Vettel takes advantage of the clear space ahead of him, with Rosberg in the pits, and passes Daniel Ricciardo. Fernando Alonso makes a brilliant start, too, running second but he outbrakes himself into Turn One and has to give the place back to Vettel.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Nico has had the lions share of reliability this year. Drama before the start of this Grand Prix."

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Singapore

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Singapore: "This will be a difficult race for the teams on the strategy front. Tyre wear is a bit of an unknown after all the rain and the fastest and favoured strategy is likely to be a three-stop. Some will try to make it on two, but it will be a stretch. The super-soft is predicted to last 15-20 laps and that will be the favoured race tyre as it is as much as 1.5 seconds faster than the soft, which most will probably save until the end. It will be a reactive race, with teams responding to the wear of the tyres and look out for the aggressive 'under-cut' where teams stop earlier than their rivals to try to jump them."

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    Lewis Hamilton takes up his place on P1 while Mercedes work hard to try and get Nico Rosberg's car ready at the pit-lane exit. Will they get it sorted in time?


    Kamui Kobayashi has pulled off the track in the Caterham. That's miserable luck for the Japanese driver who will now not start the race.

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    So Mercedes and Nico Rosberg were unable to sort the steering issue before the start of the formation lap. The whole field rushes past and Rosberg can do nothing but watch.


    Lewis Hamilton leads the field away but Nico Rosberg is not going anywhere!

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    Kimi Raikkonen says he has only led Alonso for 19% of the racing laps in 2014, the worst record of any driver relative to a team-mate this season.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Singapore

    "Kimi Raikkonen was finally been the driver everyone knows he can be in qualifying on Saturday. He had looked a long way off Fernando Alonso through practice, with a succession of problems, including with the brakes. But after changing the car for qualifying, it fell into that sweet spot he needs to excel in the way he can when things are right. Nip and tuck with Alonso throughout, just 0.027secs behind after their first runs in final qualifying, it was unfortunate he suffered an engine problem on his final run.

    "'It was a feeling I can drive it as I want, I can put it where I want,' Raikkonen said. 'It felt kind of easy compared to what I have been fighting all year. And every corner was a guessing game before. Now I could drive it and trust in what would happen and drive my own way and when you get that things get a lot easier and you see it straight away in the lap times. Places like this if you struggle with the front end you can easily be half a second or a second slower. It was a nice feeling and it would have been nice to finish the whole qualifying but things happen and hopefully we sort out the issues and can go in that direction and make sure every practice, every race we make sure I get the good feeling.'"

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    Hollywood actor Eric Bana: I'm tipping the #honeybadger Daniel Ricciardo will finish 2nd tonight and split the Mercs. I hope I'm wrong by 1.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It is fantastic, the view, skyline and the atmosphere is electric. A real sense a lot of teams are sorting out their issues. Mercedes are still frontrunners, but Red Bull and Ferrari are making their way forward."

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Singapore

    "The positivity was almost tangible at Ferrari after their most competitive qualifying session of the year. Fernando Alonso was a genuine contender at the front and Kimi Raikkonen was right with him for once until an engine problem cost him a chance to go for a final lap. Alonso admitted it had been 'quite a surprise' to be so competitive. From fifth, on the clean side of the grid, he could be a real factor in the race, and he scents a podium - and when he's in that mood he is very hard to knock off the scent.

    "'The podium is closer than ever because the level of competitiveness is quite good this weekend,' he said. 'We are competitive and start in the top five so why not think of the podium? But victory; it is very optimistic, but we'll see. It is a circuit very demanding on the mechanical side as well. So we see how many cars can finish the race, how many mechanical issues we all could face. There are many things you need to have under control.' His record here is excellent - he has won twice and only been off the podium once, when he was fourth, in the six years of the race so far."

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    As the grid clears Nico Rosberg turns hard to the left and then to the right. He could be resetting the power steering.

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    Nico Rosberg is told that he needs to try and do the start manually. If that isn't possible, he will have to start from the pit-lane.

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    Sergio Perez scored in all three Singapore GP starts despite never starting in the top-10 here, and Marina Bay last year was the beginning of a strong season run-in for Perez, scoring in six of the final seven races.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Singapore

    "Williams had not expected to go particularly well in Singapore, as a tight street circuit does not suit their car, the biggest strength of which is its straight-line efficiency. But they have been working hard on it since a disappointing Monaco and they were satisfied with sixth and eighth, each driver directly behind a Ferrari, with whom they are battling for third in the constructors' championship.

    "Fernando Alonso said it was vital that he and Kimi Raikkonen both finished ahead of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, to recover ground lost in Spa and Monza. Williams are equally keen to stop them."

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    Fernando Alonso

    Fernando Alonso of Renault actually went on to win that race in 2008, with Williams' Rosberg finishing second and Lewis Hamilton third.

    Alonso's chances of victory had looked bleak when he qualified 15th but the race opened up for him when an early safety-car period tallied perfectly with the team's strategy.

    But it later transpired that his Renault team had fixed the race, with team-mate Nelson Piquet Jr crashing deliberately, under team orders, to bring out the safety car.

    Team boss Flavio Briatore was banned from the sport indefinitely, while director of engineering Pat Symonds was given a five-year ban. Both punishments, however, were overturned on appeal.


    Formula 1 broke new ground in 2008 when Singapore hosted the sport's first ever night race - and it turned out to be an event no one would ever forget.

    Ferrari's Felipe Massa had looked set to dominate, leading from pole position and pulling away from title rival Hamilton early on.

    But during his first pit stop, he was given the green light to leave before the team had removed the refuelling hose.

    The Brazilian pulled away, knocking over a mechanic and dragging the hose down the pit-lane. He stopped at the exit and was forced to wait while his mechanics ran after him to remove it.

    His afternoon was made worse when he was given a drive-through penalty for leaving the pit dangerously and ultimately finished 13th.

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    Daniel Ricciardo

    The top scorer in the last five races is not a Mercedes driver but rather Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo with 83 points and is currently 60 points clear of his teammate with six races remaining, even without the 18 points he lost with disqualification in Melbourne.

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    Sebastian Vettel has never finished outside the top-five in a Singapore GP, has never been outqualified by a team-mate on this track, and has never qualified lower than third since he joined Red Bull in 2009.

    However, the four-time world champion has his worst start in Singapore, starting fourth, since he raced for Toro Rosso back in 2008. It's also the first time since Germany that he has been outqualified by his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Singapore

    "Can Red Bull challenge Mercedes for victory? They think they have the pace, but Sebastian Vettel admitted it won't be easy. 'It will be very tricky because if everyone's pace is like qualifying, we are very close to each other,' the world champion said. 'If you can go 0.2secs faster around here you overtake, so its not that straightforward, but the tyres will fall apart at some stage. That's what hopefully we can wait for and hopefully we are not falling apart before the others are in trouble. Strategy depends on how the tyres behave in the race. It has been up and down all weekend.'"

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    Mechanics are working hard on Nico Rosberg's car, it seems there is an electronics problem with the German's steering wheel.

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    The Singapore national anthem rings out around Marina Bay, led by a chorus of six singers on the podium. Meanwhile, the grid is rammed with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and FIA president Jean Todt have a look around, along with About A Boy star Nicholas Hoult and chef Gordon Ramsay.

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    Felipe Massa wins in Brazil 2008 Grand Prix

    And if Felipe Massa fails to win today he will have raced 100 times since his most recent win in Brazil in 2008 (pictured).

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    Nelson Piquet in 1991 France Grand Prix

    This weekend is Felipe Massa's 205th race start, surpassing Nelson Piquet (pictured), who retired at the end of the 1991 season, and now only trailing all-time record holder Rubens Barrichello (322) among Brazilian drivers.

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    Fernando Alonso hops out of his Ferrari, rolls down his overalls and has a ice cold towel put round his neck to keep cool in these stifling hot and humid conditions.

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    Gordon Ramsay

    McLaren: Special guest in the garage today - Mr Gordon Ramsay #YesChef

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    Nico Rosberg

    This weekend is Nico Rosberg's 161st start, tying him with Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen for 26th on the all-time list.


    Lewis Hamilton: "[Practice] start was good."

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Singapore

    Daniel Ricciardo and fans

    "Daniel Ricciardo arrived in Singapore saying that if he could qualify within 0.2secs of the Mercedes, he could think of challenging them in the race. And that's exactly where he is - 0.173secs from Lewis Hamilton on pole. 'It's going to be a fun race,' he said. Team-mate Sebastian Vettel was just 0.048secs behind his team-mate, but annoyed with himself for over-driving.

    "He admits he is still trying to approach corners in the way he did in the 2013 car, but this year's doesn't have the grip. 'It's not yet doing what I want it to do,' said Vettel, who felt pole had gone begging. 'I want to push and make something happen; it just doesn't. It just maybe doesn't give me yet what I want in a certain part of the corner but that's not an excuse because in the end I have to get the best out of the car. I could have done a better job today by getting a better lap together but I didn't so I can't be happy with that. I should have been higher up but I'm not.'"

  181. THE GRID

    1) Lewis Hamilton 2) Nico Rosberg 3) Daniel Ricciardo 4) Sebastian Vettel 5) Fernando Alonso 6) Felipe Massa 7) Kimi Raikkonen 8) Valtteri Bottas 9) Kevin Magnussen 10) Daniil Kvyat

    11) Jenson Button 12) Jean-Eric Vergne 13) Nico Hulkenberg 14) Esteban Gutierrez 15) Sergio Perez 16) Romain Grosjean

    17) Adrian Sutil 18) Pastor Maldonado 19) Jules Bianchi 20) Kamui Kobayashi 21) Max Chilton 22) Marcus Ericsson

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    Alonso's car being retired in the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso's 86-race run without a mechanical retirement ended in Monza in what was his first failure to see the flag as a result of a car problem since his engine failure with three laps remaining in the 2010 Malaysia GP (pictured).

    It also meant Ferrari came close to ending their record points streak, but Kimi Raikkonen's ninth place extended the run to 80 grands prix in a row.