Sebastian Vettel produced another faultless drive in a near-perfect season to move within one point of becoming the youngest driver in Formula One history to claim back-to-back world titles.

In taking the chequered flag by 1.7secs from Jenson Button in his McLaren in today's Singapore Grand Prix, Vettel holds a 124-point lead over the Briton, with just 125 available from the final five races.

It means the championship champagne will have to be put on ice for another fortnight until the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka where the 24-year-old has won on the last two occasions.

In claiming his ninth victory of a thoroughly dominant season, only one man has won more races in a single campaign, and that was Michael Schumacher, who chalked up 11 in 2002 and a record 13 in 2004.