Blame Sebastian Vettel for crash that cost him Singapore Grand Prix

  • Blame Sebastian Vettel for crash that cost him Singapore Grand Prix

Blame Sebastian Vettel for crash that cost him Singapore Grand Prix

Having started from fifth, on one of the toughest tracks in Formula One for overtaking, Hamilton could not believe his luck.

Vettel crashed before turn 1.

Wolff nonetheless cautioned Mercedes against relaxing, despite opening a 102-point advantage over Ferrari in the standings.

Afterwards, Verstappen blamed Vettel for the first-lap crash. The accident caused a domino effect, bringing to pass his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, the driver Red Bull Max Verstappen and the pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso. When the safety auto headed back to the pit, Hamilton wasted no time in building up a hefty lead as Riccardo had no answer to the leader's pace. Who could have foreseen that? I needed it to rain and as soon that happened I knew (I could win it).

Carlos Sainz, bound for Renault next season, scored the best result of his career with fourth for Toro Rosso. Despite heavy rain falling and a wet track, the race started competitively rather than behind a safety auto. The treacherous conditions might have made Vettel a bit nervous, even on a track where he holds the record with four wins.

Hamilton extended his championship lead to 28 points over Vettel, with Bottas 23 points further back in third.

"The stewards examined video evidence and heard from Sebastian Vettel, the driver of vehicle 5, Kimi Raikkonen, the driver of auto 7, Max Verstappen, the driver of vehicle 33 and the team representatives", a stewards statement said.

With the two Ferrari's out, Hamilton had a clear run at the front and had Daniel Ricciardo behind him in second.

The 32-year-old then negotiated tricky conditions, THREE safety vehicle restarts, and a freaky sticker on his front tyre, to cross the line ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.

That was very disappointing and it was definitely not the result we were expecting, said team boss Maurizio Arrivabene.

"I couldn't see anything, he commented".

The race, the first to be hit by rain in the decade that Singapore has hosted Formula One, had started in treacherous conditions after a formation lap behind the safety auto.

"There are plenty of races to come and plenty of opportunities", said Bottas, who is 23 points behind Vettel. We struggled (on Saturday) and I had no idea what would happen today. 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.

The 2017 Singapore Grand Prix looked like it was a done deal for Ferrari after they, and the Red Bulls, relegated Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes to fifth place on the grid.