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Hamilton wins Singapore GP to take F1 championship lead as Rosberg retires early

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, front, leads the field with Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, front left, following close into turn one at the start of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit in Singapore, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, front, leads the field with Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, front left, following close into turn one at the start of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit in Singapore, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads the field into turn three, followed by Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, left, who veered off the track at the start of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit in Singapore, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads the field into turn three, followed by Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, left, who veered off the track at the start of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit in Singapore, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mechanics push the car of Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany off the grid after he suffered problems with his car, just before the start of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit in Singapore, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Mechanics push the car of Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany off the grid after he suffered problems with his car, just before the start of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit in Singapore, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

Lewis Hamilton has taken the lead in the Formula One drivers' championship by winning the Singapore Grand Prix, leapfrogging teammate Nico Rosberg who had to retire early with a gear-selection failure.

Hamilton led comfortably Sunday before he was forced into a late pitstop, giving up the race lead to Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel. However, Hamilton quickly passed the German to win by 13.5 seconds at the Marina Bay circuit.

Hamilton moved to 241 points, ahead of Rosberg on 238, with five races left.

Rosberg was forced to start from the pit-lane due to an electronically-caused gear selection failure, and he did 14 laps in the stricken car before retiring.

Vettel finished second, just holding off Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was fourth.