S'pore Grand Prix: Alonso most successful driver here

S'pore Grand Prix: Alonso most successful driver here
It’s lights now and action soon in this picture of the Singapore GP circuit taken yesterday from the 65th floor of Swissotel The Stamford. Sebastian Vettel was the victor in the past two editions of the iconic night race.

History is instructive. Particularly so in sport, where records are a benchmark, results and times an indication of progress or regression.

If that is the case, then Sebastian Vettel, who has won the past two editions of the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, is the man to beat this weekend.

But a look at the results at the Marina Bay Street Circuit over all five editions will certainly give sections of the Ferrari faithful more than just a flicker of hope.

For while three-time world champion Vettel is the only man to have earned back-to-back wins here, Fernando Alonso is in fact the most successful driver in Singapore.

In terms of points garnered in the sport's only full night race (see graphic on the right), the Red Bull man has no doubt reaped the highest rewards with 77 gained since 2008.

That is from two firsts, a second, a fourth and fifth placing.

But while Alonso trails the German by nine points, he has had one podium position more - four to three.

The Spaniard is also, like Vettel, a two-time winner at Marina Bay.

The margin in the points accrued is down to the fact that Alonso's first win back in 2008 was worth only 10 points as opposed to the current 25.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) changed the scoring system in 2010.

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