Hamilton wins Singapore GP as title rival Vettel crashes

Hamilton wins Singapore GP as title rival Vettel crashes

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who led Vettel by three points before the start, jumped into the lead from fifth place on the grid.

Verstappen was sandwiched in between the two Ferrari cars as Kimi Raikkonen tried to pass the Dutchman on the left-hand side and Vettel came across to try and cover from the right. Hamilton was able to stop without losing the lead and, despite Red Bull's pace throughout the early part of the weekend, was seldom troubled by those behind him as claimed a 60th career win and, with it, an increased 28-point advantage in the title race.

Though the race had seemed posed to be a fight between Ferrari and Red Bull for victory, that all changed seconds after the lights went out.

Red Bull Racing's pace from practice did not carry over to the race, and while Daniel Ricciardo looked set to be one of the favouries for the race win in Singapore, only managed to finish in second place, four seconds down on Hamilton despite a late Safety Car.

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

Lewis is leading the race and the three of us are out. I hoped I would be fighting Sebastian.

But the Milton Keynes-based outfit, who could have locked out the front row for the first time since the United States Grand Prix in 2013, were denied by a sensational one minute, 39.491 second lap by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. "I capitalised on the incident - who would have known that would happen?" I didn't see that much.

"God blessed me for sure".

The incident was due to be investigated by race stewards post-race.

But Hamilton dodged the pile-up and he progressed from fifth on the grid to first, ahead of Ricciardo, as the race finally restarted after a safety vehicle.

While Vettel avoided that second impact at Turn 1, his vehicle was damaged and he crashed out moments later from the lead of the race.

Daniil Kvyat put his Toro Rosso into the Turn 7 wall amid tricky conditions on Lap 11, and Marcus Ericsson crashed his Sauber on the Anderson Bridge on Lap 38.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso retired after being caught in the opening lap drama.