Button postpones Vettel celebration

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

The German, who started Sunday’s race from pole, led throughout to finish 1.7 seconds ahead of a fast-finishing Jenson Button. Consequently the Brit formally postponed Vettel’s triumph till the next GP in Japan.

Vettel leads the drivers’ championship by 124 points with five races left and is almost sure to take back-to-back titles. Second-place Button would need to win every race, with Vettel failing to gain any points.

Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber finished third ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, while Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher crashed out of the race halfway through, running into the rear of Sergio Perez’s Sauber and launching his car through the air into a barrier.

Lotus Renault driver Vitaly Petrov of Russia missed out on the top ten, finishing 17th.

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