Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Hamilton unstoppable after Vettel crash at title-defending Singapore GP

Hamilton unstoppable after Vettel crash at title-defending Singapore GP

Hamilton said afterwards once rain became a factor at the start, he knew he would've been in with a chance of winning.

Vettel claimed he had no idea how the collision occurred, but Verstappen was quick to point the finger in his direction. For they were in uncharted territory here at the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, with nine previous editions of the night race run in dry weather.

When asked if Vettel had said sorry for his part, Verstappen said: "No". It was not a scenario Hamilton wished to emulate.

"I've had experiences like that, but that always comes and reminds me".

"Yesterday was hard, this afternoon was hard but tonight the auto just came alive", said Vettel, who looked stunned by his own performance.

With just six races to go, he could soon lift himself into a position where he doesn't need to win another race this season to clinch the title.

At the British GP in July, Vettel looked at least assured of a podium finish until an unexpected tire problem at the end of the race bumped him down to seventh. "We've come here 10 years and we've never had rain on a Sunday, or even in qualifying", he said.

Singapore GP stewards have ruled no driver was "predominantly to blame" for the huge start-line accident involving Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen. However, Sebastian Vettel, who was to the right of Verstappen, began to close the door on the Dutchman, sandwiching Verstappen between the pair of Ferraris. Contact between the pair sent Raikkonen spearing into the side of his team-mate's vehicle. Not only did we avoid the chaos at Turn One but we also escaped without damage to both cars. But after sustaining significant damage to his vehicle he lasted just three corners before losing control and crashing into the wall. He later retired from the race. The incident meant all three were forced out of the race - leaving Hamilton to take the lead.

Hamilton's win, however, launched him further into the lead of the championship, with 28 points over his rival, and six races still to go.

Ricciardo had to settle for second, while Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third and Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz finished fourth. I definitely went into today thinking it was about damage limitation, trying to minimize the loss somehow. "To come out of it in the other direction is a shock".

"It was the flawless result given that we are at a circuit where Ferrari and Red Bull are in another world, but the conditions were fortunate, fell into our direction, and we capitalised on it. God blessed me today for sure".

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