Singapore GP: Hamilton wins after Ferrari disaster

Lewis Hamilton took victory in a dramatic Singapore Grand Prix as Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out.

Singapore GP: Hamilton wins after Ferrari disaster
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32 runs wide and the cars of Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70H and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13 crash after colliding at the start of the race
The damaged cars of Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70H and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13 after colliding at the start of the race
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing walk in after crashing at race start
The damaged car of Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13 after crashing out at the start of the race
The crashed cars of Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13 and Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70H and Medical car
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13 and Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70H crash at the start of the race
The crashed cars of Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13 and Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70H are recovered
The damaged car of Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13 after crashing out of the race
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32 at the start of the race
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB13
Safety car leads Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13 and Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70H crash at the start of the race
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-17 and Esteban Ocon, Sahara Force India VJM10 pit
Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
The crashed cars of Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13 and Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70H and Medical car

Hamilton crossed the line 4.5 seconds ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, with Valtteri Bottas completing the podium.

Hamilton extended his championship lead to 28 points over Vettel, with Bottas 23 points further back in third.

Rain was falling ahead of the start, and the top six drivers - Vettel, Max Verstappen, Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen, Hamilton and Bottas - starting on the intermediates while others, including Nico Hulkenberg and the McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne opting for the full wets.

Raikkonen made a strong getaway from fourth to go three abreast with pole-sitter Vettel and Verstappen on the approach to Turn 1.

Vettel moved across to cover the inside line, squeezing Verstappen, who then made contact with Raikkonen, spearing the Finn across the track into Vettel.

Raikkonen's out-of-control car then collected Verstappen and Alonso at Turn 1, putting Raikkonen and Verstappen out of the race immediately.

The stewards said they would investigate the incident after the race.

Vettel continued in the lead with his damaged car, but then lost control out of Turn 3 and his Ferrari team instructed him to retire the car.

Hamilton inherited the lead, but the race was neutralised when the safety car was sent out so the debris could be cleared.

At the restart, Hamilton bolted away at the front, pulling out a lead of 3.5s over Ricciardo after just one lap with Hulkenberg running third.

The rain stopped on lap six, with conditions rapidly favouring those running intermediates.

The race was neutralised again when Daniil Kvyat crashed after locking up at the end of the back straight and understeering into the wall.

Several drivers, including Ricciardo, took the opportunity to pit for fresh intermediates but Mercedes kept Hamilton and Bottas out on inters.

By the time the safety car came back in at the end of lap 14, everyone was on intermediates apart from Felipe Massa and Pascal Wehrlein.

As the track began to dry, Kevin Magnussen was the first driver to switch to slicks, taking the ultrasofts, while Massa followed suit.

It quickly became clear that was the tyre to be on, sparking a flurry of pitstops, with Ricciardo pitting on L29 in a bid to undercut Hamilton.

Mercedes responded the next lap and Hamilton rejoined in the lead.

He set about pulling away from the Red Bull, building an 18.7s lead over Ricciardo before the field was neutralised for third time when Marcus Ericsson crashed on the Anderson Bridge.

Several drivers pitted for fresh tyres, including Hulkenberg, who also needed an air line plugged into his car which delayed the stop and dropped him from fourth to 10th before retiring the car in the closing stages.

Hamilton pulled clear at the restart, the Mercedes driver quickly building a lead of four seconds.

Mercedes told him to hold that gap to keep the field compressed and avoid giving anyone else a free stop but after a discussion, it told Hamilton he could dictate the pace and ultimately secure his seventh win of the season.

Carlos Sainz finished a career-best fourth for Toro Rosso, ahead of Force India's Sergio Perez, with Jolyon Palmer scoring his first points of the season in sixth.

Stoffel Vandoorne was seventh, with Lance Stroll eighth as Romain Grosjean and Esteban Ocon completing the top 10.

The race became time-limited due to the safety car interruptions, meaning only 58 of the 61 laps could not be completed within the two-hour limit.

ClaDriverChassisEngineGap
1 united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes Mercedes 2:03'23.543 
2 australia Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull TAG 4.507
3 finland Valtteri Bottas  Mercedes Mercedes 8.800
4 spain Carlos Sainz Jr.  Toro Rosso Renault 22.822
5 mexico Sergio Perez  Force India Mercedes 25.359
6 united_kingdom Jolyon Palmer  Renault Renault 27.259
7 belgium Stoffel Vandoorne  McLaren Honda 30.388
8 canada Lance Stroll  Williams Mercedes 41.696
9 france Romain Grosjean  Haas Ferrari 43.282
10 france Esteban Ocon  Force India Mercedes 44.795
11 brazil Felipe Massa  Williams Mercedes 46.536
12 germany Pascal Wehrlein  Sauber Ferrari 2 laps
  denmark Kevin Magnussen  Haas Ferrari  
  germany Nico Hulkenberg  Renault Renault  
  sweden Marcus Ericsson  Sauber Ferrari  
  russia Daniil Kvyat  Toro Rosso Renault  
  spain Fernando Alonso  McLaren Honda  
  germany Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari Ferrari  
  netherlands Max Verstappen  Red Bull TAG  
  finland Kimi Raikkonen  Ferrari Ferrari  



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