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Hamilton Takes Singapore GP after Vettel Crashes out

Hamilton Takes Singapore GP after Vettel Crashes out”

Formula 1 cars reach speeds of around 350 km/h (217 mph) in a race.

"God blessed me today, for sure", Hamilton, who went into the race three points ahead of Vettel but came away with a 28-point cushion, said on the podium. Immediately after the start the two Ferrari cars collided, Raikkonen was out immediately but Vettel managed to keep going. 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 vehicle and hammer his Ferrari against the barrier.

The incident also took out McLaren's Fernando Alonso but Verstappen maintains his innocence.

The safety was back out again on lap 38 after Ericsson hit the wall at Anderson Bridge.

Vettel attempted to put a courageous face on the fist-lap mayhem - an incident which will now be investigated by the stewards - but he will know that his chances of stopping Hamilton march on to the title have taken a significant hit.

"That was very disappointing and it was definitely not the result we were expecting, but it doesn't mean that the battle is all over, just that it has become more hard", Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said.

"I had an average start, moved slightly to the left and was trying to fend off Max", Vettel explained. "Into the first corner those things can happen because Kimi had only two tyres left".

"There's nothing we can do now".

"It was not the smartest move and you can not make excuses for it when you are fighting for the world championship", Verstappen, 19, said. It doesn't change much.

Although the chance of rain does decrease over the next few hours, showers remain possible throughout the time the F1 race is scheduled to run.

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.

For Hamilton, he will not care who was at fault as fireworks greeted his third successive victory.

A crash during an ultra high-speed race like the Formula 1 can be extremely dramatic and unsafe, with sparks flying and smoke covering the drivers. "What a turnaround. Thanks for believing in me".

Spaniard Carlos Sainz, who will move to Renault next season, finished fourth for Toro Rosso to score the best result of his career.



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