Although he can mathematically still end the season on top of the pile, Felipe Massa has said his hopes of securing the 2010 F1 title are now over after his eighth place finish in Singapore.
Massa started the race from the back of the field after mechanical issues in qualifying, although he managed to climb into the points to cross the line in tenth.
That eventually became eighth place after post-race penalties for Adrian Sutil and Nico Hulkenberg but it means Massa still dropped 74 points behind championship leader Mark Webber.
While that means he could still mathematically take the title, Massa admits that his chances are gone for another season having responded angrily to a question from an Italian journalist following the Singapore race when he was asked about his chances.
“On some questions, you could probably think of the answer,” he said. “But I will say it again. The world championship for me is over.”
While Massa's title hopes appear to have gone, Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso moved up to second in the standings after following his victory at Monza with a second straight win.