Lewis Hamilton took advantage of the misfortunes of some of his chief rivals to triumph in the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, in what the was Formula 1’s first-ever wet night race
The Mercedes ace was virtually gifted victory when race leaders Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen were all involved in a stunning crash right before the very first corner after the start.
Verstappen and Raikkonen retired on the spot while Vettel was able to get away despite the contact. He didn’t get far, however, as he hit the wall and spun, ripping off his nose and forcing him out of the race.
Through all this, Hamilton was able to avoid all the danger and took over as leader after Vettel’s exit.
He went unchallenged for the win from there and completed the 61-lap race, which eventually featured three safety cars, in two hours three minutes 23.544 seconds.
With the result, Hamilton took his 60th career victory, including his third in Singapore and seventh of the 2017 season.
He also extended his lead on the drivers’ championship standings ahead of Vettel from three to 28.
Verstappen’s Red Bull Racing teammate Daniel Ricciardo was the runner-up 4.507 seconds behind while Hamilton’s Mercedes partner Valtteri Bottas completed the podium 8.800s back.
After the Grand Prix, Hamilton commented:
“What a day - I can’t believe it, I’m so happy! I came in today and I saw that I was raining and I knew that this balances everything out. I love racing in the rain, then everything unfolded in the beginning."
“These conditions give you the opportunity to really make a difference with your driving. It was the first time for all of us driving here in the rain, so it was a massive challenge. But I love that when you have to rise to the toughest of challenges, that’s the most exciting part for me.
“Then it was all about staying focused and not making any mistakes. We came to a track that was potentially our weakest circuit and we leave with a win like this and so many points – that’s a very fortunate scenario for us.”
The 2017 Formula 1 season resumes on October 1 with the Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix. It will be the 15th of 20 races comprising the world championship.
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||58||2:03'28.051|
|4||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso||58||2:03'46.366|
|5||Sergio Perez||Force India||58||2:03'48.903|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Force India||58||2:04'08.339|
|Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||10||25'48.837|
|Max Verstappen||Red Bull||0|