Vettel Beats Alonso By 32.6 Seconds

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Eventual winner Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg battle into the first turn during Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix. (Steve Etherington photo)
Eventual winner Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg battle into the first turn during Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix. (Steve Etherington photo)
Eventual winner Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg battle into the first turn during Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix. (Steve Etherington photo)

SINGAPORE — Sebastian Vettel won the Singtel Singapore Grand Prix by a whopping 32.6 seconds over Fernando Alonso.

The 61-lap race was held under the lights at the Marina Bay Street Circuit with Vettel winning his third straight grand prix and for the third straight year at Singapore while extending his point lead in the quest for a fourth consecutive world driving championship.

“This is a long race and it seems to go on forever,” Vettel said. “It is hard work out there, but we like it. It is one of the toughest challenges all year and it is a very good feeling when you cross the finish as the winner.”

Vettel started on the pole and was in control throughout, grabbing his seventh victory of the season and the 33rd of his career, moving him one ahead of Alonso (32) on the all-time Formula One winners list.

Alonso brought his Ferrari home in second, while Kimi Raikkonen charged from 13th to finish third for Lotus.

“We had nothing to lose to try to finish second to keep up our position in the championship, so we had to push,” Alonso said. “They were too fast for us all weekend.”

Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton rounded out the top five in what was the 13th event of the season.