WHAT A RACE! Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel raced to victory at the 2015 Singapore GP. Image: AP / Mark Baker
Singapore - Sebastian Vettel completed a pole-to-flag victory at the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.
Vettel drove his Ferrari to a third victory of the season as championship leader Lewis Hamilton suffered his first retirement of the campaign.
Vettel stayed calm in an incident-packed race highlighted by two safety car periods and even a track intruder to finish ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and team mate Kimi Raikkonen on his way to a fourth victory at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
As it happened: 2015 Singapore GPHamilton, who had climbed up one spot from fifth on the grid but was never able to match the pace of the leaders, retired on the 32nd lap after his Mercedes lost power and began to drift down the field.
The victory enabled Vettel to close to within 49 points of the Briton in the standings with six rounds remaining, while Nico Rosberg reduced the deficit to his team mate to 41 points after finishing fourth.
The next race is the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka on Sept. 27.
'There's a fan on the track!'
A man wandered along the track during the race, prompting the safety car to come out and throwing team tactics into chaos. On lap 37, a casually-dressed man was seen wandering along the edge of the track near the Anderson Bridge section of the street circuit.
Race leader Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari cried out over the radio "there is a fan on the track!" and the safety car was immediately deployed.
After walking a short distance, the man climbed over the trackside barrier, and with the danger passed the race soon resumed.
2015 Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit: Results
1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 2:01:22.118
2. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) RedBull - Renault +00:01.478
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 00:17.154
4. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 00:24.720
5. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 00:34.204
6. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) RedBull - Renault 00:35.508
7. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 00:50.836
8. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso - Renault 00:51.450
9. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso - Renault 00:52.860
10. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber - Ferrari 01:30.045
11. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber - Ferrari 01:37.507
12. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Mercedes 01:37.718
13. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Mercedes 2 laps
14. Alexander Rossi (U.S.) Marussia - Ferrari 2 laps
15. Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia - Ferrari 2 laps
r. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 8 laps
r. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 27 laps
r. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes
28 laps r. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 30 laps
r. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 48 laps
(rank: r = retired, nc = not classified) Fastest Lap: Daniel Ricciardo, 1min50.041, lap 52.
Driver and Constructor standings:
1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 252
2. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 211
3. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 203
4. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 107
5. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 101
6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 97
7. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 73
8. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull 66
9. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 39
10. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 38
11. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 30
12. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 30
13. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 17
14. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 12
15. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 11
16. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 11
17. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 9
18. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 6
19. Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia 0
20. Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia 0
21. Alexander Rossi (U.S.) Marussia 0
1. Mercedes 463
2. Ferrari 310
3. Williams-Mercedes 198
4. RedBull - Renault 139
5. Force India - Mercedes 69
6. Lotus - Mercedes 50
7. Toro Rosso - Renault 41
8. Sauber - Ferrari 26
9. McLaren 17
10. Marussia - Ferrari 0
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