2017 F1 Singapore Grand Prix: Hamilton races to victory as Vettel retires

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?

2017 F1 Singapore Grand Prix Race Results

POS DRIVER CAR LAPS GAP
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 58 2h03m23.544s
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 58 4.507s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 58 8.800s
4 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 58 22.822s
5 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 58 25.359s
6 Jolyon Palmer Renault 58 27.259s
7 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 58 30.388s
8 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 58 41.696s
9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 58 43.282s
10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 58 44.795s
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 58 46.536s
12 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 56 2 Laps
Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 50 Power Unit
Nico Hulkenberg Renault 48 Oil leak
Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 35 Spun off
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 10 Spun off
Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 8 Collision
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0 Collision
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0 Collision
Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 0 Collision

2017 F1 Driver’s Standings

POS DRIVER POINTS
1 Lewis Hamilton 263
2 Sebastian Vettel 235
3 Valtteri Bottas 212
4 Daniel Ricciardo 162
5 Kimi Raikkonen 138
6 Max Verstappen 68
7 Sergio Perez 68
8 Esteban Ocon 56
9 Carlos Sainz 48
10 Nico Hulkenberg 34
11 Felipe Massa 31
12 Lance Stroll 28
13 Romain Grosjean 26
14 Kevin Magnussen 11
15 Fernando Alonso 10
16 Jolyon Palmer 8
17 Stoffel Vandoorne 7
18 Pascal Wehrlein 5
19 Daniil Kvyat 4
20 Marcus Ericsson 0
21 Antonio Giovinazzi 0

2017 F1 Constructor’s standings

POS CONSTRUCTOR POINTS
1 Mercedes 475
2 Ferrari 373
3 Red Bull/Renault 230
4 Force India/Mercedes 124
5 Williams/Mercedes 59
6 Toro Rosso/Renault 52
7 Renault 42
8 Haas/Ferrari 37
9 McLaren/Honda 17
10 Sauber/Ferrari 5

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