Hamilton took victory at Singapore while rival Vettel retired to extend his lead in the Driver’s Championship.
It was all chaos at the 2017 F1 Singapore with the first rain filled night grand prix. The chaos started from lap 1 on wards, with Vettel, Verstappen and Raikkonen coming together, taking all of them out of the race.
It was a racing incident but Vettel might be part to blame for taking a bit too much risk. Raikkonen had an excellent start and would have taken the lead easily. Verstappen and Vettel had poor starts and the German was trying to cut off the Dutchman resulting in the incident. Alonso was an unfortunate casualty in the incident and cost him some points.
It was a wet start and the drivers electing to go on intermediates and full wets. After the first corner incident, Hamilton got the lead with Ricciardo behind him. Everyone expected the Red Bull to blitz past the Mercedes, but Ricciardo had some gearbox oil pressure issues impeding his pace.
The safety car was called out three times, keeping the tradition at the Singapore Grand Prix. After eight retirements, there were only 12 cars left running and a chance for many to score points. Bottas despite a shaky start and even passed by Palmer at one point, managed to finish 3rd.
Carlos Sainz finished a career best 4th, ahead of Sergio Perez’s Force India. Palmer finally scores points with a 6th place finish ahead of Vandoorne and Stroll. Grosjean and Ocon finish 9th and 10th.
Hamilton is now in a comfortable position with a 28 point lead over Vettel in the Driver’s Championship. Will this be a turning point in this season, or is there more drama to come?
Too lazy to type anything, so re quoting from the best F1 driver in the world:
“On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, 'Okay, this is the limit'. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.”
― Ayrton Senna