Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel all but confirmed his second successive world title after comfortably winning the Singapore Grand Prix.
The German, who started on pole, could have wrapped up the world championship on Sunday but was denied on the night after Jenson Button in a McLaren came home second and Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber took third.
The 24-year-old Vettel will be hoping to seal the drivers’ championship when the season moves next to the Japanese Grand Prix on October 7-9 where he will need just a point to earn his crown
His victory under the lights at Singapore’s Marina Bay street circuit was his 19th career victory and ninth win of a hugely successful season.
Vettel tops the standings with 309 points, well ahead of Button and Fernando Alonso, who came home in fourth.