Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Lewis Hamilton takes dominant win in Singapore as Ferrari suffer double DNF

Lewis Hamilton takes dominant win in Singapore as Ferrari suffer double DNF

Remarkably, Fernando Alonso was also caught up in the chaos and the Spaniard was later forced into yet another retirement in a race shortened from 61 laps to 59 - the McLaren man one of eight drivers who failed to finish.

Vettel started on pole with driver's championship rival Lewis Hamilton fifth, but with three of the drivers who started ahead of the Briton on the grid out of the race the Mercedes driver received an unlikely break.

Race Control will talk to the drivers and assess footage before dishing out any subsequent penalties.

A replay showed fluid streaming out of Vettel's damaged sidepod after Turn 1 and it is likely it caused him to lose the rear of his vehicle and hammer his Ferrari against the concrete wall.

"I could see Kimi had a great start so I tried not to defend that as it's a long race but after 200 metres everything was done".

"But I think Lewis, with where he was on Friday and where he is now, can hang on to the group". We were fortunate with what happened with the Ferraris at the beginning but I could not be happier.

Red Bull's Australian Daniel Ricciardo was in second place as the safety auto was deployed for the 10th year in a row at the Marina Bay street circuit.

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

"Obviously we are not in the race, that's a pity, we can't show the pace that we have".

Carlos Sainz crossed the line in fourth for Toro Rosso ahead of Force India's Sergio Perez, while British driver Jolyon Palmer finished a career-high sixth to claim his first points finish of the season.

The FIA has said the incident will be investigated after the race.

"I want to congratulate my team, they did a fantastic job", said Hamilton.

"That's not an excuse - if you're fighting for the world championship, you shouldn't take those risks to squeeze someone that much". Hamilton just drove too well for either Ricciardo or Bottas to be able to take the win off him.

The safety vehicle came out again, after Marcus Ericsson's Sauber stalled on lap 39.

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