Both Ferraris crash out in wet Singapore

Both Ferraris crash out in wet Singapore”

Starting in pole, Vettel was out nearly instantly due to a start-line crash that also eliminated Max Verstappen and teammate Kimi Raikkonen. "The formula works at the moment, so I'll just continue with it". A replay showed fluid streaming out of Vettel's damaged sidepod after Turn 1 and it is likely it caused him to lose the rear of his auto and hammer his Ferrari against the barrier. Hamilton grumbled over the team radio.

Through drying conditions and three safety vehicle periods, Hamilton led a reduced field of cars until the race time limit of two hours elapsed on lap 58.

After his seventh win of the year, Hamilton is top with 263 points.

While Monza was the shortest race on the calendar in terms of time to complete, Singapore is at the opposite side of things with the longest lap time and the most corners [23] out of all of the circuits on the calendar.

Lewis Hamilton took a firm grip on the 2017 F1 World Championship battle despite starting four spots behind his biggest rival and fifth on the Singapore Grand Prix grid. The 32-year-old said:...

Sandwiched between the two Ferraris, Verstappen made contact with Raikkonen, sending the Finnish driver's auto into the pit wall.

As the field barreled down to Turn 1 on the wet track, Vettel moved to the left to cover his position, but sandwiched Verstappen into a fast moving Raikkonen.

Vettel's recklessness was even more pointless, because Raikkonen is his teammate and Verstappen is not close to being in the title race. Alonso retired on lap 9 with irreparable damage to his vehicle.

The first race to be hit by rain in the decade that Singapore has hosted Formula One had started in treacherous conditions, puddles gleaming in the floodlights, after a formation lap behind the safety auto.

"The vehicle was completely destroyed on the left side, and it was nearly a miracle we could continue after that hit", Alonso said.

On lap 11 Daniil Kvyat outbraked himself at Turn 7 and buried his Toro Rosso in the wall beyond the run-off area.

The safety vehicle came out again shortly after, as Daniil Kvyat crashed his Toro Rosso. Daniel Ricciardo, in second place, took advantage of the clear air behind him to take on a set of fresh tyres and was then able to attack Nico Rosberg for the lead in the closing stages.

The German equaled that rather unfortunate record last time out at Monza, so failure to land a podium in Singapore would mean that Hulkenberg will have made his 129th Grand Prix start without a single podium to his name.

Despite the first lap drama and the tricky conditions, the rest of the race was rather sedate.

One final curve ball was thrown on lap 38 when Marcus Ericsson lost the rear of his Sauber on the Anderson Bridge and clipped the barrier. Mercedes now lead Ferrari by 62 points - and this weekend represents a great chance for Ferrari, who undoubtedly hold the upper hand in Singapore - to close the gap on the Silver Arrows. After being 12 seconds behind, Ricciardo was suddenly right behind Hamilton again when the race re-started.

Daniel Ricciardo finished second and Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas was third.

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