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Button nears championship

Jenson Button scored precious points in the Singapore night Grand Prix as as he finished fifth and more importantly ahead of his nearest rival and team-mate Rubens Barrichello.

The race was won by Lewis Hamilton who is out of the driver's championship contention and who was joined on the podium by Toyota's Timo Glock and last year's winner Fernando Alonso.

Sebastian Vettel looked set for second position but a drive through penalty meant that he dropped to fifth just ahead of Button.

For Vettel to win the championship he will need to win the remaining three races and expect Button to score less than five points but there is also Barrichello in the mix.

Barrichello looked set to finish ahead of Button for most of the race but he ended up finishing sixth and seventh place went to McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen.

BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica got the last points place and notably both Ferrari drivers failed to score points.

Kimi Raikkonen could only finish tenth and Giancarlo Fisichella was further back in 13th and now he has three races left in order to score a point for Ferrari.

It wasn't a good night for Mark Webber as he did not finish the race retiring after 45 laps. With that crash also went the championship challenge.

The next race will be the Japanese grand prix and if results go Button's way he could wrap the championship at Suzuka.

I don't think its going to be that easy for Button to win the drivers championship. The guy is not consistent and he is not the same driver as he was at the start of the season. However, I think that if he doesn't win he may never get an easier chance than this. Lets see what happens in Japan.

Thanks Neville, yes its a good chance for Button at the moment and I hope he doesn't blow it. To be in front at this point of the season is always good.

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