Vettel, Raikkonen and Verstappen escape punishment after Singapore crash

Vettel, Raikkonen and Verstappen escape punishment after Singapore crash

"I want to congratulate my team, they did a fantastic job", said Hamilton.

With the two Ferraris and Verstappen out of the race, Hamilton was unchallenged out on track and took a dominant win, marking his third in succession having won in Belgium and Italy.

But the 28-year-old, who won for Red Bull this year in Baku and scored the team's last pole position in Monaco last year, believes his vehicle has an edge over Vettel's Ferrari in race conditions.

Vettel's auto was left badly damaged from the early clash with Raikkonen and Verstappen and the pole-sitter crashed out himself on lap two, spinning into a wall away from the leading pack as Hamilton assumed a shock lead.

Lewis Hamilton believed he could claim an unlikely Singapore Grand Prix victory as soon as rain started to fall in the build-up to the race.

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With Hamilton starting fifth, everything looked set for Vettel to retake the overall lead that he had surrendered only two weeks earlier at Monza in Italy.

Accelerating through the opening straight, Vettel was involved in a three-way collision with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Jolyon Palmer secured his first points of the season for Renault by finishing in sixth, sending a strong message not only to Enstone but also other teams on the grid on the weekend where it was confirmed that he will not be retained by the French manufacturer for 2018. The collision left Vettel's auto with a hole punched in the side and he spun into the wall at turn three. "I knew I had the pace when it rains, but unfortunately we just didn't have the vehicle in the dry, but today with it raining, those are my conditions that I love to drive in".

The incident, in which Fernando Alonso was collateral damage after a brilliant start, brought out the Safety Car.

"I'm a little bit disappointed to miss out on the win. It was probably a good thing I had a poor start as I'd have been caught up in it". 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. Suspension damage.