Dominant Vettel takes pole for Singapore GP; Hamilton 5th

Annette Crawford
September 17, 2017

The Briton capitalised on a crash at the start involving title rival Sebastian Vettel, the German's Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen and the Red Bull Racing vehicle of Max Verstappen, which eliminated all three men, to win at the Marina Bay Circuit for a third time.

Lost amid the first-corner mayhem was a dazzling start by Fernando Alonso, who swept past on the outside of Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas, only to be scuttled by Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari.

The crash ended all their evenings.

"I have an idea, if we were to do the race again and set the auto up different, something we did on the vehicle would have helped us if we went the other way for how the conditions are".

Race engineer: "We have lost data from the auto so we don't know what is going on".

" (On the first lap) I just kind of watched the chaos unfold in front of me". At times I thought Ricciardo could have taken Lewis on the inside but Lewis was just too good this race.

"Guys what can I say - what a turn-around today!"

"Daniel had to manage a gearbox issue from halfway through the race, which he did really well to control", Horner told the host broadcaster.


Hamilton had a healthy advantage of 9.6 seconds when Sauber's Marcus Ericsson spun and stopped on Anderson Bridge, bringing out a third safety vehicle and wiping out the Briton's lead.

Vettel and Verstappen were involved in heated incidents last season, and the ill feeling still seems to linger.

"I saw Max and then next thing I see is Kimi hitting the side of me and Max somewhere there", said Vettel, who remains optimistic about his title hopes.

"When you're fighting for a world championship you shouldn't do that", the 19-year-old Dutchman said.

All three drivers were forced out of the race, allowing Hamilton to take the lead behind a safety vehicle.

"But I think Lewis, with where he was on Friday and where he is now, can hang on to the group". Who would've known that would happen?

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.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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