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Commanding Hamilton wins damp Singapore GP

Mat Coch

Monday 18th September, 2017 - 12:28am

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Lewis Hamilton wins in Singapore

Lewis Hamilton won a Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix punctuated by safety cars and an opening lap crash that accounted for both Ferraris and Max Verstappen.

Starting fifth, Hamilton inherited the lead following the early clash before controlling the race with ease to win from Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas.

Pole sitter Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen were all early casualties as they made contact off the start.

It also accounted for Fernando Alonso, though the McLaren driver carried on for a number of laps before the damage proved too great for the McLaren to continue.

A rain shower doused the Marina Bay circuit minutes before the race began, the first time in the event’s 10-year history the night race had been held in wet conditions.

Raikkonen made a lightning start to draw alongside the two front row starters, Verstappen cramped for room between the two Ferraris before the trio finally made contact.

A secondary impact saw Raikkonen again make contact with Verstappen, with Alonso also involved as he was caught on the outside of the first corner.

Vettel lasted only two corners further before he collided with the barrier and was forced out.

The incident saw Hamilton promoted to the race lead, the Mercedes driver then proved untouchable throughout the race from that point.

Ricciardo made slight inroads as the field moved to slick tyres, but was ultimately unable to do better than second after a lonely race for the Australian, his third successive second place finish and fourth consecutive podium at Marina Bay.

A late safety car threatened to change the order after Marcus Ercisson spun out of the race, however Hamilton quickly reasserted his authority over the race at the restart to quickly re-establish his advantage over the Red Bull.

Completing the podium was Bottas, while high attrition saw a number of traditional midfield runners scored good points.

Toro Rosso benefitted with Carlos Sainz in fourth, Sergio Perez next for Force India and Jolyon Palmer who scored his first points of the season for Renault.

With Vettel out on the opening lap, his first retirement of 2017, victory for Hamilton extended his championship advantage to 28 points.

The next round of the Formula 1 world championship is at Sepang in Malaysia in a fortnight.

Results: Singapore Grand Prix

Pos Driver Car Laps Time/Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 58 2:03:23.544
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 58 +4.507
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 58 +8.800
4 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 58 +22.822
5 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 58 +25.359
6 Jolyon Palmer Renault 58 +27.259
7 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 58 +30.388
8 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 58 +41.696
9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 58 +43.282
10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 58 +44.795
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 58 +46.536
12 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 56 +2 laps
DNF Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 50
DNF Nico Hulkenberg Renault 48
DNF Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 35
DNF Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 10
DNF Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 8
DNF Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0
DNF Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 0
DNF Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 0

Championship points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Lewis Hamilton 263
2 Sebastian Vettel 235
3 Valtteri Bottas 212
4 Daniel Ricciardo 162
5 Kimi Räikkönen 138
6 Max Verstappen 68
7 Sergio Perez 68
8 Esteban Ocon 56
9 Carlos Sainz 48
10 Nico Hulkenberg 34
11 Felipe Massa 31
12 Lance Stroll 28
13 Romain Grosjean 26
14 Kevin Magnussen 11
15 Fernando Alonso 10
16 Jolyon Palmer 8
17 Stoffel Vandoorne 7
18 Pascal Wehrlein 5
19 Daniil Kvyat 4
20 Marcus Ericsson 0
21 Antonio Giovinazzi 0

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