Hamilton wins Singapore GP, Ricciardo 2nd

Paola Ditto
Settembre 17, 2017

Max Verstappen qualified in second place ahead of Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo, with Kimi Raikkonen steering his Ferrari to fourth place ahead of Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.

"I want to congratulate the team".

"For sure, it's bitter but it's done", said the four times Singapore GP victor, whose retirement ended a run of 18 successive points finishes. "From two weeks ago at Monza it was pretty good for us, and now we're really struggling".

"Three years in a row we are second, normally I am happy with a podium".

"So there's two, for sure, opportunities and then one potential one if there is a safety auto", he said.

"I think there was damage on the vehicle already", he said of his second incident. Who would've known that would happen?

"The vehicle, the way it's designed, for years it just doesn't work particularly that great here", said the triple champion whose Mercedes team have a chequered history at the twisty Singapore track.

"Daniel put up a great fight".

The Briton's description of how he felt hustling his Mercedes around the streets of the city-state could also apply to his hopes of staying ahead in the championship after Sunday's race. It's better the way it is and I'm glad we got it home.

"We were so focused on the issue Daniel was managing, it was just a question of getting the vehicle to the finish". If I make a mistake myself and go off, that's a different story.

"I was in the middle without doing anything wrong, I was just trying to have a clean start".

"I can't win the bloody thing", Ricciardo lamented.

Ricciardo, who was targeting a dominant weekend for Red Bull after his Friday form, was disappointed to qualify only third with a 1:39.840. "Obviously we are not in the race, that's a pity, we can't show the pace that we have but I am sure there will be more opportunities".

"I tried to back out of it because I could see it coming, but the rear tyres are wider than the front so I couldn't back out of it anymore", he added.

Raikkonen added: "I don't think I could have done anything to change the end result apart from doing a bad start and not being there".

Having started from fifth, on one of the toughest tracks in Formula One for overtaking, Hamilton could not believe his luck.

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