F1 Singapore GP: Vettel Crash Hands Hamilton Big Championship Lead

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Hamilton took win in a dramatic Singapore Grand Prix as title rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out at the start. Hamilton crossed the finish line 4.5 seconds ahead of Daniel Ricciardo with Valtteri Bottas completing the final podium. The Briton extended his championship lead to 28 points over Vettel with Bottas further back in third.

It was pelting ahead of the start with Vettel, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Hamilton and Bottas startied on the intermediates. Kimi Raikkonen made a strong start from fourth to go three abreast with polesitter Vettel and Verstappen onto T1. Vettel moved across to cover the inside line, squeezing Verstappen who contacted Raikkonen, spearing him across the track into Vettel.

Raikkonen’s car then collected Verstappen and Alonso at T1, putting Raikkonen and Verstappen out of the race. Vettel continued with his damaged car but then lost control out of Turn 3 and retired. Hamilton inherited the lead but the race was neutralised when the safety car was sent out. At the restart, Hamilton sprinted away at the front pulling out a lead of 3.5 s over Ricciardo.

After an interesting race, Carlos Sainz Jr finished a career-best fourth for Toro Rosso ahead of Force India’s Sergio Perez with Jolyon Palmer scoring his first points of the season in sixth. Stoffel Vandoorne was seventh with Lance Stroll eighth as Romain Grosjean and Esteban Ocon completed the top 10.

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