Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix after Sebastian Vettel crashes out

Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix after Sebastian Vettel crashes out

Vettel, Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen came together on the run away from the grid, with Raikkonen's auto then collecting Verstappen and Alonso's McLaren at Turn 1.

Race Control will talk to the drivers and assess footage before dishing out any subsequent penalties.

The collision left Vettel's vehicle with a hole punched in the side and he spun into the wall at turn three.

"I could see Kimi had a great start so I tried not to defend that as it's a long race but after 200 metres everything was done".

"It doesn't change much, obviously we are not in the race and can't show the pace we have". We'll see what happens.

Ricciardo avoided opening-lap mayhem to slot in second behind Lewis Hamilton, but while Red Bull looked considerably faster than Mercedes for most of the weekend, the Australian couldn't mount a victory challenge.

Asked whether Ricciardo could have won if not for the gearbox problem, Horner said: "We certainly could have been closer and put a bit more pressure on".

Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were first and second quickest in practice
Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were first and second quickest in practice

The Marina Bay circuit was hit by heavy rain showers on Sunday morning and the threatening clouds loomed ominiously above as darkness descended ahead of the race.

The rapidly accelerating conditions enabled Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne to place their McLaren cars in the top five and allowed Jolyon Palmer and the two Toro Rosso drivers to punch above their weight.

The incident was due to be investigated by race stewards post-race. But no driver was deemed responsible and no further action was taken.

"At the end of the day, to be second here, on this track, I think it is very promising", said 19-year-old Verstappen, who could have been the youngest driver in the history of the sport to start on pole.

"That's not an excuse - if you're fighting for the world championship, you shouldn't take those risks to squeeze someone that much".

Valtteri Bottas, the teammate of Hamilton managed to get the sixth place.

Fortunately the pit lane was only a few metres away from the scene of the accident, allowing for a quick turnaround of the Brazilian's auto, but the work was in vain, with the Williams vehicle too uncompetitive to make it out of Q1.

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