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Vettel wins Singapore GP

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix ahead of McLaren driver Jenson Button on Sunday night.

Ferrari's championship leader Fernando Alonso was third but McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, second in the standings heading into the weekend, retired early with a gearbox problem.

This allowed Vettel to move to second place in the championship while his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber remained fifth after finishing tenth in the race for a single point.

Webber was one place behind fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo in a Toro Rosso.
Alonso increased his championship lead from 27 to 29 points with six races to go.

Numerous safety car periods meant the race finished on the two-hour time limit rather than distance covered.

Force India's Paul di Resta finished a career-best fourth while Mercedes' Michael Schumacher retired after a heavy crash into the back of Jean-Eric Vergne's Toro Rosso.

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           2h00:26.144
 2.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           +     8.959
 3.  Alonso        Ferrari                    +    15.227
 4.  Di Resta      Force India-Mercedes       +    19.063
 5.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +    34.759
 6.  Raikkonen     Lotus-Renault              +    35.700
 7.  Grosjean      Lotus-Renault              +    36.600
 8.  Massa         Ferrari                    +    42.800
 9.  Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +    45.800
10.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    47.100
11.  Perez         Sauber-Ferrari             +    50.600
12.  Glock         Marussia-Cosworth          +     1 lap
13.  Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
14.  Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes       +     1 lap
15.  Pic           Marussia-Cosworth          +     1 lap (*)
16.  Kovalainen    Caterham-Renault           +     1 lap
17.  De la Rosa    HRT-Cosworth               +     1 lap
18.  Senna         Williams-Renault           +    2 laps
19.  Petrov        Caterham-Renault           +    2 laps

Latvala wins Rally GB

Finland’s Jari-Matti Latvala won the Wales Rally GB on Sunday, ending reigning champion Sebastien Loeb’s run of five-straight victories in the World Rally Championship.

Latvala won by 27.8 seconds, his first taste of victory since February in an otherwise disappointing season and the first win for his Ford team since Portugal in April.
Citroen’s Loeb took second place by just 0.9 seconds from Latvala’s teammate Petter Solberg, with Mads Ostberg fourth.

The result increases Loeb’s championship lead over teammate Mikko Hirvonen and leaves the Frenchman in a near-impregnable position with three rallies remaining.

Hirvonen was fifth but took the three bonus points for being fastest on the Power Stage. Russian driver Evgeny Novikov came in sixth, working with replacement co-driver Ilka Minor because of an injury to his regular co-driver.

Wales Rally GB: Overall standings

1. Jari-Matti Latvala    Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC     3hours 03mins 40.3secs M
2. Sebastien Loeb    Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC     +00mins 27.8secs M
3. Petter Solberg    Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC     +00mins 28.7secs M
4. Mads Ostberg    Adapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC     +01mins 10.6secs M
5. Mikko Hirvonen    Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC     +01mins 29.5secs M
6. Evgeny Novikov    M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC    +03mins 37.0secs M
7. Thierry Neuville Citroen Junior WRT DS3 WRC     +04mins 11.9secs M
8. Matthew Wilson    M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC    +06mins 00.4secs
9. Martin Prokop    Ford Fiesta RS WRC +06mins 58.9secs
10. Nasser Al-Attiyah    Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC     +09mins 32.1secsM

Five years ago Colin McRae flew into eternity

The September 15, 2007 disappeared one of the best rally pilots in the history: Colin Steele McRae. The legendary Scottish marveled millions around the world with his talent and his uncompromising style of attack permanent, something that brought him much admiration from the public. The 1995 world title is just a small part of the story of Colin McRae, so well portrayed in this beautiful tribute.

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