Alonso wins as Hamilton extends lead

 

Formula One:Fernando Alonso came from 15th on the grid to win the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix but a thir place finish for Lewis Hamilton has seen him extend his championship lead over Ferrari's Felipe Massa. Nico Rosberg was second in the Williams.

The Spaniard started Formula One's first night race down the grid after fuel-feed problems brought an end to his qualifying campaign in the second session on yesterday but produced a superb performance to secure his first win of the year.

Massa could finish only 13th after driving away from a refuelling stop with the hose still attached, while team-mate Kimi Raikkonen suffered a crash late on.

Toyota's Timo Glock finished fourth while Sebastian Vettel followed up his Italian Grand Prix victory with a fifth place in his Toro Rosso.

BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld finished sixth, Red Bull's David Coulthard took seventh while Kazuki Nakajima of Williams finished eighth.

Massa had started the race superbly, streaking ahead of Hamilton straight away, but his hopes of a podium finish came to a disappointing end on lap 18.

The Brazilian entered the pit lane but was then shown the green light while the fuel hose was still attached.

Massa injured a member of his crew as he moved away before mechanics struggled to remove the hose to allow him to rejoin the race.

Raikkonen, meanwhile, suffered heartbreak late on when he launched from the second kerb on turn 10 and was unable to recover sufficiently before ploughing into the wall.

The victory was just reward for Alonso after dominating two of the three practice sessions prior to the race.

And the 27-year-old was naturally delighted with the win.

"It was fantastic,'' he said. "I can't believe it and I think I need a couple of days to realise we have won a race."