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Alonso victorious, Hamilton crashes

india Updated: Sep 26, 2010 22:44 IST
Vivek Mukherji
Vivek Mukherji
Hindustan Times
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Fernando Alonso survived three safety car periods and sapping humidity to claim his fourth win of the season on the very streets of Singapore where he won in 2008 under extremely dubious circumstances.

It seemed, that the former double world champion was determined on Sunday night to draw the line under the incident when his Renault team mate Nelson Piquet Jr. buried the car into the wall in the inaugural race brining out the safety car that played right into the hands of the Spaniard.

With this win the Ferrari driver has given himself a good shot at the World Championship, especially after one of the front-runners, Lewis Hamilton's, race ended in tears after a collision with Mark Webber on lap 36.

Alonso on the other hand had an untroubled race as he led from the lights to the flag over 60 laps. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel mounted relentless pressure as the front running pair swapped a series of fastest laps, but Alonso did not wilt in the pressure cooker environment.

After taming the twisty Marina Bay circuit, Alonso zooms into the second place in the drivers' standing with 189 points.

Championship leader, Mark Webber survived a bruising race to take this place that ensured that he is still perched at the top the table with 202 points.

For Hamilton, this race might well have been the game-changer where the championship slipped away from him.

The 15th round of the championship saw some dramatic moments, but none more than Hekkie Kovalainen's Lotus going up in flames on the last lap of the race.