Sebastian Vettel has trimmed Fernando Alonso's lead of the World Championship to 29 points after winning a Singapore GP that looked to be the property of Lewis Hamilton until the McLaren driver's luckless retirement with a broken gearbox. In a rough and ragged race that beat the clock and was brought to a halt after passing the two-hour mark, Hamilton's cruel retirement - unannounced and understood to be unrelated to his brush with the wall during qualifying - from what had appeared to be a comfortable lead was the marathon's defining moment. To compound the cruelty, it might also prove to a decisive moment in a World Championship battle that continues to fluctuate wildly below the summit. "We had the pace this weekend, it would have been easy from where we were," Hamilton told Sky Sports F1 after an hour's reflection in the sanctuary of the McLaren motorhome. "We really couldn't afford today but it is what it is. I'll never give up." Brave words but, with Hamilton relegated from second to fourth in the standings, the Englishman now trails Alonso by over fifty points - the equivalent of two race wins and amounting to a tall, if not insurmountable, order whichever way you look at it. Vettel, on the other hand, is now ominously positioned behind Alonso to claim a third successive title. Though anything but a classic, this was a ragged race which developed like the plot of a classic western movie. The good: Vettel's faultless performance both before and after Hamilton's exit <b>...</b>
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