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Alonso wins F1 Singapore GP

 The starting grid is seen from the Singapore Flyer at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit in Singapore, Sunday, Sept...
 Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leads Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany at the start of the Singapore Grand...
 Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leads the field into turn one at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Cir...
 Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives into pit lane for a tire change during the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Cir...
 McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain has a tire change in pit lane during the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit in S...
 McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain  walks down the F1 paddock after crashing out of the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City...
 McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain  walks down the F1 paddock after crashing out of the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City...
 Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leads the field into turn one at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Cir...
 McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain  walks down the F1 paddock after crashing out of the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City...
 Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain has a tire change outside his pit lane garage during the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay C...
 Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leads the field at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit in Singap...
 Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives into turn three during the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit in Singapor...

Singapore F1 GP Auto Racing

The starting grid is seen from the Singapore Flyer at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit in Singapore, Sunday, Sept...

Singapore F1 GP Auto Racing

Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leads Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany at the start of the Singapore Grand...

Singapore F1 GP Auto Racing

Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leads the field into turn one at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Cir...

Singapore F1 GP Auto Racing

Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives into pit lane for a tire change during the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Cir...

Singapore F1 GP Auto Racing

McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain has a tire change in pit lane during the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit in S...

Singapore F1 GP Auto Racing

McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain walks down the F1 paddock after crashing out of the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City...

Singapore F1 GP Auto Racing

McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain walks down the F1 paddock after crashing out of the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City...

Singapore F1 GP Auto Racing

Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leads the field into turn one at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Cir...

Singapore F1 GP Auto Racing

McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain walks down the F1 paddock after crashing out of the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City...

Singapore F1 GP Auto Racing

Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain has a tire change outside his pit lane garage during the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay C...

Singapore F1 GP Auto Racing

Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leads the field at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit in Singap...

Singapore F1 GP Auto Racing

Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives into turn three during the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit in Singapor...

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso held off Sebastian Vettel in a thrilling finish to the night time Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday and moved to within 11 points of the Formula One championship lead.
The Spaniard led from start to finish but was pressured throughout by Red Bull's Vettel, who closed markedly over the final two laps to almost snatch a win, with the final margin being just two tenths of a second.
Alonso won his second Singapore GP, crossing a finish line clouded in smoke. Lotus' Heikki Kovalainen had just stopped nearby with the rear half of his Lotus on fire.
"This win means a lot," Alonso said. "We wanted to confirm on a track with more downforce that the car was performing well, and we did that. It seems we can be competitive on any track."
The gap between Alonso and Vettel remained around one second for much of the closing quarter of the race, but the German could find no way past on the tight Marina Bay street circuit.
"I tried to push him as hard as I could into a mistake," Vettel said. "It's hard to overtake here and it would have been too risky."
Red Bull's Mark Webber finished third _ surviving a mid-race collision that eliminated McLaren's Lewis Hamilton _ to boost his championship lead to 11 points over Alonso with four races remaining. Webber leads with 202 points and Alonso is second with 191.
Hamilton nosed in front of Webber approaching a corner on lap 35 of 61 but the Australian did not yield the inside line and collided with the McLaren. While Hamilton's race was finished, Webber's Red Bull was unharmed and continued in the race.
The incident was investigated by stewards, but they chose to take no action, deeming it a fair racing incident.
"It was a key part of the race for me to keep him out," Webber said. "I am very happy with third place. It's been the toughest weekend of the year for me. Getting out of bed this morning, I would have taken third."
Webber pitted after just three laps in a bold tire strategy that ended up paying off, effectively jumping from fifth to third once other cars came in for their tire change. However, the Red Bull driver was nursing his very worn tires toward the end of the race and had a difficult task to hold off Button.
Hamilton entered the race just five points off the championship lead, but his second straight non-finish meant he was now 20 points off the pace with 182.
"I'm not really thinking about a championship," Hamilton said. "I've got to just try to enjoy the rest of the season. I'll keep fighting to the end but we're a long way behind now. It's going to be a hard struggle the next four races."
McLaren's Jenson Button finished fourth, ahead of Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Williams' Rubens Barrichello.
Robert Kubica of Renault was seventh after pitting late and passing several cars on fresh tires. Force India's Adrian Sutil was eighth, Williams' Nico Hulkenberg ninth, while Ferrari's Felipe Massa _ who started from last on the grid _ got the final point for 10th.
Alonso won the inaugural 2008 Singapore GP, but that victory was tainted by the 'Crashgate' scandal which emerged the following year. Alonso's then Renault teammate Nelson Piquet Jr. was ordered to deliberately crash to bring out the safety car to manipulate the running order and help Alonso win.
This was a fair and square win, and his 25th career victory puts him level in sixth on the all-time list with Niki Lauda and Jim Clark. He was closing in on his third world title.
"(The championship) remains very tight," Alonso said. "All five contenders have more or less the same possibilities.
"Any of us can win two or three consecutive races and be in a very good position or have one or two retirements and you are mathematically out of the championship."
The next race will be in Japan on Oct. 10.
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Associated Press writer Alex Kennedy contributed to this report.