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

Singapore Grand Prix 2017: Could 2nd or 3rd have won?

Singapore Grand Prix 2017: Could 2nd or 3rd have won?

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.

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

That cost Hamilton his 10-second advantage over Daniel Ricciardo but as the race became a countdown to the cut-off time, the Mercedes driver held on to take an invaluable 25 points.

Lewis Hamilton was delighted to make the most of his good fortune at the Singapore Grand Prix after Formula One world championship title rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out in a dramatic race.

"I think mainly Sebastian started squeezing me", Verstappen said.

For Ricciardo it was a disappointing day as he didn't have the race day pace to match Hamilton in either the wet or dry.

With three safety auto interruptions, the race ended with 58 of the 61 laps completed after hitting the two-hour mark.

The first contact was between Raikkonen and Verstappen, with Vettel also falling victim to that incident as Ferrari's hopes of a one-two were destroyed within seconds of lights out.

Ferrari blamed Verstappen, while Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said the 19-year-old was a victim "of somebody else's accident".

"I don't know [what happened], I didn't see that much".

"Today we didn't have the Friday pace we showed in practice and I'm a little bit disappointed to miss out on a win but have to be happy to get another podium".

Vettel and Verstappen were involved in heated incidents last season, and the ill feeling still seems to linger. I saw Max and then the next thing I see is Kimi hitting the side of me and Max somewhere there.

While Alonso was eventually forced to retire, this drive offered a reminder of why McLaren have been so desperate to keep him.

"The vehicle was completely destroyed on the left side", the Spaniard said.

By the next re-start on lap 15, Ricciardo had changed tires, but Hamilton hadn't.

Mercedes declined to pit Hamilton under the safety vehicle but after the restart, he reeled off a string of fastest laps on the slowly drying track, extending his lead over Ricciardo.

It made no difference here, as Hamilton won by 4.5 seconds.

Like this: