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Hamilton under pressure as Alonso takes Singapore

Webber lucky to take third place after collision. Meanwhile, Bernie voices his concern over South Korea.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso celebrates his win at the Singapore Grand Prix yesterday.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso celebrates his win at the Singapore Grand Prix yesterday.
Image: Mark Baker/AP/Press Association Images

FERRARI’S FERNANDO ALONSO claimed his fourth win this season after a tough fight at the Singapore track yesterday.

The Ferrari driver fought Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel through a high-attrition race to a close finish, as Formula1.com reports. Just 15 of the 24 cars finished the race.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton went out of the race after colliding with Championship rival Mark Webber.

His second consecutive non-finish pushes Lewis down the overall title standings, 20 points off leader Webber. It leaves just one point between third and fourth place for the driver’s championship.

Hamilton told PA that the situation is causing him some concern heading into the final races: “There are still four races to go, but I was not expecting what has happened in these last two races, especially at this crucial point in the year.”

Red Bull’s Webber was lucky to finish at all after his car was damaged in the incident, too. One Bridgestone official told Autosport that his tire was just 5mm away from slipping off the rim:

Webber’s third-place finish sees him out in front with an 11-point lead over Alonso as the drivers face into the last four races of the season. It could still be a close finish, though, as just 25 points cover the first four places, BBC Motorsport reports.

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Concern over Korea

Bernie Ecclestone yesterday voiced his concern that the track in South Korea may not be ready for its inaugural race next month. The track hasn’t passed the final inspection it was supposed to undertake weeks ago.

Ecclestone said he hoped the race would still go ahead as scheduled for the weekend of 22-24 October, according to the Guardian.

A cancellation could seriously affect the championship outcome as the title race heats up heading into the final four events.

A South Korean spokesperson told the BBC yesterday that the race would go ahead: “We will have no problem in hosting the race on October 24 as we have almost completed work”.

The FIA’s race director Charlie Whiting is expected to inspect the Teongam track on 11 October.

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