Hamilton wins a chaotic Singapore GP
By: Michael Tozer
Published: 18 September 2017 Image credit: Getty Images
Lewis Hamilton has won a wet and wild Singapore Grand Prix after title-rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out on the opening lap of the race.
Hamilton was joined on the podium by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas - and the win marked Hamilton's 60th race win of his illustrious career.
By winning, Hamilton opened up a 28-point lead in the 2017 Drivers Championship - with Vettel's first DNP of the season proving costly in the season-long race, as only six races remain.
The race was chaotic from the outset as rain poured down on-track when the lights went out...as Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen both started well and looked to snag the lead from Vettel
Raikkonen attempted to push up the inside of Verstappen on the opening turn, but the Red Bull driver was caught in the middle of a Ferrari sandwich when Vettel bumped him from the other side causing a three-car collision.
Lewis Hamilton capitalised on the madness and slipped through the field to move into the lead, while Daniel Ricciardo dodged the drama to sit in P2, with Nico Hulkenberg settling into third.
After this incident, the safety car was forced to come in and bring the field back together - but when it eventually came back in on Lap 5, Hamilton roared out ahead of Ricciardo behind him and extending his lead lap-by-lap.
Another safety car came out on Lap 11 when Daniil Kvyat crashed into the barrier - again bringing the field closer to Hamilton, despite his brilliance at the front of the field.
But it was the same story when the race reset, as Hamilton raced out ahead of Ricciardo on the restart despite being on older tyres - and the Mercedes looked like he would ride away into the distance yet again.
Hamilton's lead was eaten away by a third safety car, this time due to Marcus Ericsson's car stopping on the bridge, forcing the race to slow down and push the field back together - much to the frustration of the race leader.
All of the stoppages to racing meant that the race would not have 61 laps and would instead run to a two-hour limit - and when the race restarted, Hamilton surged far ahead of Ricciardo in second, with the clock his only rival by the end of the race, as the Mercedes set fastest sector after fastest sector.
By the time the chequered flag dropped, Hamilton finished 4.5 seconds ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in second, while Valtteri Bottas trailed 4.4 seconds behind that to round out the podium.
Carlos Sainz was impressive on the evening and had the best finish of his career by finishing in fourth, 3.1 seconds head of the Force India of Sergio Perez in fifth.
Jolyon Palmer also had the best race of his career as his Renault finished sixth, while Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren) and Lance Stroll (Williams) finished seventh and eighth respectively.
Romain Grosjean (Haas) and Esteban Ocon (Force India) rounded out the top ten, while eight drivers failed to finish (Raikkonen, Verstappen, Vettel, Alonso, Kvyat, Ericsson, Hulkenberg, Magnussen)