The Red Bull driver benefited from Lewis Hamilton's McLaren suffering a gearbox failure while holding a narrow lead. Jenson Button Claimed second in the other McLaren, with Fernando Alonso's third place Maintaining the Ferrari driver's world championship cushion. Front-row starter Pastor Maldonado Had to withdraw with hydraulic failure HAVING battled with Alonso for the final podium spot. Hamilton and Vettel ran in close company Prior to the McLaren's problem, although the Briton Seemed under control. Third-placed Button fell away at first, before Regaining some ground as he got better tire longevity than Those ahead. Vettel made his first pitstop two periods Earlier than Hamilton, and though this INITIALLY Looked Costly as he dropped into time-consuming traffic, he was in oz clear air his pace on fresh rubber was Sufficient to make up all the time lost and keep him Between the McLarens. That position Became the race lead on lap 22, Hamilton's car When ground to a halt with a gearbox failure. Button then kept Vettel honest to the finish, without it ever looking like the Red Bull's lead was in jeopardy. By the end, Vettel edged away into HAD a very secure lead. Vettel stayed cool through two mid-race safety car periods: the first for his HRT finally refunded the second victory of his latest title defense Formula 1 in the Singapore Grand Prix. sliding into the barrels at the tunnel entrance, and the second When plowed into Jean-Eric Vergne on the restart lap. Those guarantees resolved the third-place battle. When Maldonado, who HAD fallen from second to fourth at the start, pitted for a second time under the first safety car, he Rejoined 10th while Alonso stayed out and Moved up to third. That decision probably secured the place for Ferrari even before Maldonado Williams ordered to withdraw with a hydraulic problem before the green. Paul di Resta kept in sight THROUGHOUT the Frontrunners to score an excellent fourth for Force India, outpacing fifth-placed Mercedes man Nico Rosberg. Sixth and seventh Lotus salvaged with Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean icts are least competitive weekend of 2012 so far. Ferrari's picked up a puncture on lap one, yet impressively Fought back to secure eighth. On the way, he overtook Bruno Senna with an incredible bounce Move That saw him off the Williams and the wall before arriving at Turn 13 sideways in front goal. The safety car timing hurt Mark Webber's strategy, and the best he Could manage was to battle through to 10th, right on Ricciardo's tail. Webber was then relegated to 11th spot stewards handed Effective retroactive to the Australian drive-through penalty for leaving the track. Among other incidents, clashed with Nico Hulkenberg Both Saubers on consecutive period is late, with Sergio Perez the only one to get away without Involved Having to pit for repairs. Also notable was Timo Glock's 12th place, ahead of Marussia Which Moved Caterham in the constructors' standings.