Lewis Hamilton takes dominant win in Singapore as Ferrari suffer double DNF

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 17, 2017

Vettel wasn't so sure and blamed others around him for the incident.

Hamilton managed to keep clear of the chaos and went on to win the race despite three Safety Cars while Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was second with Bottas taking the final podium spot.

Verstappen and Raikkonen both made good starts and tried to pass Vettel down the inside, only for the three to crash together and all retire due to the damage sustained.

Hamilton is pinning his hopes of moving up the field on the start, the pitstops and the potential of a safety auto which has been deployed at every race in Singapore so far.

But it was Vettel's withdrawal that handed Mercedes driver Hamilton the initiative as the Briton, who started fifth on the grid, led after the safety vehicle went back in.

Along with Vettel, Raikkonen and Verstappen, Magnussen, Hulkenberg, Ericsson, Kvyat and Alonso retired, meaning that only 12 drivers finished the two hour long race.

The Briton will hold on to the overall lead even if he fails to finish the next race in Malaysia on October 1 and Vettel wins.

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With this win, Hamilton has established a commanding lead of 28 points over Ferrari's Vettel. "We struggled yesterday and we had no idea what would happen today".

While the three leaders were out on the spot, Alonso tried to continue after the resulting safety auto, but his McLaren was too damaged and he had to retire.

"I think we would even be leading now because Hamilton was behind me in Turn 1, so if Hamilton is leading now it means we would be leading". He started squeezing me, maybe he didn't see Kimi on the left.

On the incident, he said: "I had an average start and moved slightly to the left trying to fend off Max and the next thing I know I felt a bump on the side".

"I was hoping I would get to race with Sebastian at the beginning. when I got round to Turn 2 or Turn 3, I had Sebastian in front and I thought "I'm going to have a real race here".

"It couldn´t be a more ideal scenario, really, for us", Hamilton said.

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