Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Race - Hamilton wins dramatic wet-dry Grand Prix in Singapore

Race - Hamilton wins dramatic wet-dry Grand Prix in Singapore

Lewis Hamilton won a dramatic Singapore Grand Prix after a first-lap collision that forced title rival and pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel out of the race.

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.

It all played perfectly into the hands of Mercedes driver Hamilton, who went from fifth on the grid to first and held off Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo to clinch his third win in a row. Ricciardo finished second, ahead of Hamilton's team-mate, Valtteri Bottas.

"Daniel put up a really good fight today and I enjoyed racing him, but I was hoping I would get to race with Sebastian at the beginning".

The Briton will hold on to the overall lead even if he fails to finish the next race in Malaysia on October 1 and Vettel wins.

"God blessed me today, for sure", Hamilton, who went into the race three points ahead of Vettel but came away with a 28-point cushion, said on the podium.

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That in itself could be a tough task, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen also ahead of the Briton and Singapore a notoriously hard circuit for overtaking. But Hamilton dodged the pile-up and he progressed from fifth on the grid to first, ahead of Ricciardo, as the race finally restarted after a safety vehicle.

Vettel said he didn't know what happened to cause the accident, but Verstappen felt the German was at fault.

While the three leaders were out on the spot, Alonso tried to continue after the resulting safety vehicle, but his McLaren was too damaged and he had to retire.

With three safety vehicle interruptions, the race ended with 58 of the 61 laps completed after hitting the two-hour mark.

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 auto and wiping out the Briton's lead. 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.

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