The difference between the two, which translates into important points for Alonso, was of only 0.293 seconds. It couldn't have been any other way, considering that for the duration of the race, their duel raged on.
"The championship remains very tight with five contenders. Obviously Mark has a margin, but we will do our best. I don't know if it will be enough, but will give 100 percent," Alonso said after the race.
The race was pretty much filled with events, with more than one incident turning into dramatic outcomes for those involved. Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton went after one another with such intensity, that their fight concluded on lap 36 with quite a serious collision, one which forced Hamilton out of the race because of a broken suspension.
This is the second consecutive forfeit for Hamilton, an even bitter one considering that Webber, the points leader, managed to finish the race third.
There were in all eight drivers who abandoned the Singapore GP, including both HRT-Cosworth drivers and Jarno Trulli. Former F1 glory Michael Schumacher had another bad day and finished 13th, following a race adorned with incidents as well.
Below are the results of the Singapore night race:
1. Alonso Ferrari
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault
3. Webber Red Bull-Renault
4. Button McLaren-Mercedes
5. Rosberg Mercedes
6. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth
7. Kubica Renault
8. Sutil Force India-Mercedes
9. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth
10. Massa Ferrari
11. Petrov Renault
12. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari
13. Schumacher Mercedes
14. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari
15. Di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth
16. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth
Update: After the race, the FIA stewards handed Adrian Sutil and Nico Hulkenberg a 20-second penalty for having gained from going around the outside of Turn 7 on Lap 1. That means they ended the Singapore GP in 9th and 10th places respectively, lifting Felipe Massa to 8th overall.