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McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton won yesterday’s Formula One GrandPrix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore.

Toyota driver Timo Glock took second place after startingseventh on the grid. Previous Singapore GP winner Fernando Alonsotook the last spot on the podium for Renault, having started oneplace ahead of Glock.

Sebastian Vettel came in fourth for Red Bull after adrive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane. His teammateMark Webber, suffering from brake trouble, span off and retired onlap 45. Both Toro Rosso cars also retired due to mechanicalproblems.

Vettel was chased by both Brawns of Jenson Button and RubensBarrichello, the current leaders of this season. Hamilton’steammate Heikki Kovalainen secured seventh place for McLaren. Thetop eight was closed by Robert Kubica of BMW Sauber.

Monday this week saw a conclusion of the “crashgate” scandalaround Renault, as the World Motor Sport Council gave the team atwo-year suspended ban. This was for a deliberate crash at the 2008Singapore Grand Prix. Former team boss Flavio Briatore was bannedfor life from any FIA-sanctioned event and was replaced by Bob Bellon this post and chief engineer Pat Symonds was banned for fiveyears. The Renault team also lost two sponsors this week: ING Groupand Mutua Madrile?±a.

Following the race Jenson Button still leads the Championshipwith 84 points. Button’s teammate Barrichello is 15 points behind,and Brawn are the leading team with 153 points. Vettel is 10 pointsbehind Barrichello and is the only competitor from another team whohas a mathematical chance to win the championship. Red Bull are42.5 and other teams more than 90 points behind Brawn.

 

 

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