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Alonso wins first night race

Fernando Alonso won his first race of the season when he won the first night F1 race in Singapore.

I think this was an unlikely win for Alonso if you looked at it from the standpoint of qualifying but Alonso had a good weekend before mechanical problems meant that he qualified fifteenth on the grid.

But there is no doubt that the safety car helped him a lot and suited well with his strategy although it was his team mate Nelson Piquet Jr who was involved in the accident that caused the safety car to be introduced.

It wasn't a good night for Ferrari though with both their drivers scoring no points.

Felipe Massa was leading the race when he stopped for refuelling but then he drove off with the hose still on the car and that cost him some valuable points that could have seen him lead the championship.

Now Massa trails McLaren's Lewis Hamilton who finished third by seven points with just three races to go.

The nightmare season continue for Kimi Raikkonen who crashed when fifth with just five laps to go. I think with that crash all hopes of defending his title came to an end.

Williams' Nico Rosberg got a podium finish for his team that has been having a few problems in the last few races despite starting the season very well.

Both Williams cars scored points with Kazuki Nakajima getting the last points place.

Toyota's Timo Glock finished fourth ahead of Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel who should be happy with his consistency in finishing in the points places.

Nick Heidfeld finished sixth ahead of Mark Webber's team mate David Coultard. Mark Webber retired from the race due to mechanical problems nearly half way through the race.

So the first night race finished with no major incidences but it is sad to see that the timing is just for the European audience with no regard to the local fans.

The next race will be in Japan and Hamilton knows that he is now very close to clinching the title and Massa must be wishing for better luck to close the gap in two weeks' time.

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