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Vettel one point away from second F1 world title

SINGAPORE — Sebastian Vettel won the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, but the Red Bull driver will have to wait a little longer to clinch his second Formula One world championship.

The German led start to finish, beating McLaren driver Jenson Button by 1.7 seconds, with Red Bull's Mark Webber third.

Vettel leads by 124 points over Button with five races left and is virtually certain to take back-to-back titles. With a maximum of 25 points per race, Button would need to win every race and Vettel would have to gain no points.

"It means a lot to me because I really like this track, and it's one of the hardest challenges we face each year," Vettel said.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was fourth and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton fifth after serving a pit drive-through penalty for crashing into Felipe Massa on Lap 12.

A furious Massa, who finished ninth, said the McLaren driver "doesn't learn anything."

"I tried to talk to him, but he doesn't listen," Massa said.

Michael Schumacher crashed out in spectacular style, running into the rear of Sergio Perez's Sauber and launching his car through the air into a barrier. Schumacher was okay and was reprimanded by stewards.

NHRA: Bob Vandergriff, in a Top Fuel final for the 14th time, finally earned his first career win at the Texas Fall Nationals in Dallas, the second event in the six-race Countdown to the Championship. Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car) Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Michael Phillips (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.

EAST BAY RACEWAY: Buzzie Reutimann won the Open Wheel Modified division Saturday.

Vettel one point away from second F1 world title 09/25/11 [Last modified: Sunday, September 25, 2011 9:15pm]
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