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Fernando Alonso stressed his rise as Singapore’s Prince of Darkness, winning Formula One’s only nightly Grand Prix for the second time in three years and crawling closer to head of packing Mark Webber in the F1 championship standings. Vettel is one point further behind and world champion Jenson Button, who finished fourth, rounds out the top five with 177 points. Only 25 points, the amount awarded for a victory, separates the top five.

Fernando Alonso stressed his rise as Singapore’s Prince of Darkness, winning Formula One’s only nightly Grand Prix for the second time in three years and crawling closer to head of packing Mark Webber in the F1 championship standings.

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The Spaniard commandeered his Ferrari to the checkered flag in strenuous conditions on the twisted street circuit to the edge out charging the Red Bull team of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

The win allowed Alonso to move up past last year’s winner Lewis Hamilton – who retired during the race after a collision with Webber – to second place with 191 points in the Drivership, just 11 points behind leader Webber with 202.

Vettel is one point further behind and world champion Jenson Button, who finished fourth, rounds out the top five with 177 points. Only 25 points, the amount awarded for a victory, separates the top five.

Within seconds of catching the checkered flag, Alonso was cranking up the psychological warfare with only four races left in the 2010 season.

It was really tough.

With the security problems and the people we patched, especially at the end, it was difficult, Alonso tells reporters.

“We are in a sport where you can not be 100 percent fit and focused for all competitions, all months – so we go up and down,” the Spaniard said.

  • This year it feels to me that the championship has just started so I am very happy.

Before the race, Alonso had rated his chances of winning the championship as “50-50”. “I can win, or I can not win,” he smiled enigmatically, before revisiting the theme with even more statistics.

“We’re five drivers,” he said, referring to the two he shared Sunday’s podium with plus McLaren pair Hamilton and Jenson Button.

“Around 20 percent chance of us all. Maybe Mark a little ahead, because he leads.

“It’s still very tight. Mark is still first by a certain margin, so … for the others we have to keep catching. For sure we will do our best – we do not know if it will be enough. We hope so but people can be sure that we will fight 100 percent to the end. “

Alonso’s positive disposition betrayed the twice champion’s diplomacy and with a twinkle he added: “Anything can happen in these four races. Any of us can win two or three consecutive races.

It will depend on all four of these competitions. Hopefully without mistakes, high concentration, we keep pace in Japan. “

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