Sebastian Vettel's seventh victory of the 2013 F1 season has edged him closer to another early world championship title.
Although the German appears unable to repeat the round 15 success of his second crown without his main rivals failing to score in either Korea or Japan, it is entirely feasible that the title could be wrapped up in India as victory in Singapore pushed Vettel fully 60 points clear of nearest rival Fernando Alonso.
The Spaniard came through from seventh on the grid to claim second at the flag, thanks largely to a blinding start – which reclaim four places alone – and then a tactical long final stint that allowed him to keep ahead of the pack. Alonso, however, admits that Ferrari does not have the package to deal with Red Bull at the moment and, with the all-new era of 2014 looming, big changes to the status quo
are not expected.
Kimi Raikkonen's third place – from 13th on the grid and in pain from a back injury – allowed the Finn to close back in on Lewis Hamilton in the overall standings, the gap between them now two points – 151-149 – after the Briton could only manage fifth behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. The German took the opportunity to close in a little on Mark Webber, inheriting the Australian's fourth place in Singapore and roughly halving the gap to the Red Bull man in the points.
Felipe Massa boosted his tally with sixth on the road, while Jenson Button's six-point haul for seventh allowed him to close on Romain Grosjean who, like Webber, was left empty-handed.
Massa's points also helped bolster Ferrari's total, although the Scuderia is a long way from catching Red Bull, which has racked up 377 points from 13 races, and remains only seven points ahead of Mercedes as both Rosberg and Hamilton finished between Alonso and Massa.
Lotus is now 61 points adrift of third overall, while McLaren strengthened its hold on fifth after scoring with both Button and Sergio Perez, despite Force India claiming the final score courtesy of Adrian Sutil.
For a full run down of the latest F1 points positions following the Singapore Grand Prix, see here