Lewis Hamilton holding on 'for dear life' in Singapore

Annette Crawford
September 17, 2017

Sebastien Vettel secured pole position in Marina Bay for the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, and he will be confident of overtaking Hamilton in the world title rankings, with Hamilton now on 238 points and Vettel just three points behind.

Ferrari's Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, and Red Bull's Max Verstappen all went out just after the start of the first wet race in Singapore, which saw three safety cars and finished with only 12 drivers.

Singapore was set to be a hard weekend for Hamilton and Mercedes and this proved to be the case in qualifying, with the three time champion only managing fifth on the grid.

But on the exit of turn three, and with significant damage to his auto, the German lost control and crashed into the concrete wall. Get the app and get the game.

"I'm a little envious today", he said. I hoped I would get to race Sebastian at the beginning. Qualifying also is just constant improvement, even though the whole weekend we were a bit down on power, I don't know why we couldn't really solve it.

"That's a seriously healthy gap". The characteristics of our auto don't like this track, that's for sure.

"We have seen they are very good on the low-speed circuits".


"We were so focused on the issue Daniel was managing, it was just a question of getting the vehicle to the finish".

The German, second in the driver's championship, admitted he was at fault as his race ended on lap one, apologising to his team on race radio.

But he admitted Mercedes is unlikely to have the best race pace.

"Grid position is crucial but still it is a long race".

"We know the auto is not quick enough for the podium - that's a fact". I am racing Max and Daniel.

Hamilton, who has 4.8 million followers on Twitter, told fans on Snapchat earlier in the week that he was going to watch the Netflix documentary "What the Health" and was "on a mission" to go vegan. The two other retirements - both with technical problems - were Nico Hulkenberg, who had at one point looked set for fourth for Renault, and Haas's Kevin Magnussen.

How title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have fared in each race this season.

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