Hamilton floats as Vettel feels Singapore sting

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Vettel, Raikkonen and Verstappen have all been called to the stewards regarding their Lap-1 clash, in which the Red Bull driver appeared to get squeezed between the two red cars.

Horner revealed after the race that Red Bull feared Ricciardo would not even finish the race due to a gearbox problem.

Through drying conditions and three safety auto periods, Hamilton held off Daniel Ricciardo in second place and crossed the line with a 4.5s lead over the Red Bull at the finish.

Lewis Hamilton qualified only fifth for the Singapore Grand Prix as championship rival Sebastian Vettel put his Ferrari on pole position, with the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas over a second off the pace in sixth.

"I still believe that our concept is the right concept", he said.

'Driver of vehicle 7 had a very good start and was able to attempt overtaking of auto 33 on the left hand side.

"It will be hard because when you look at the Fridays, the Red Bulls had the fastest long run pace", Wolff said.

"Obviously we are not in the race, that's a pity, we can't show the pace that we have".

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"I don't know [what happened], I didn't see that much".

The first contact was between Raikkonen and Verstappen, with Vettel also falling victim to that incident as Ferrari's hopes of a one-two were destroyed within seconds of lights out.

With three safety vehicle interruptions, the race ended with 58 of the 61 laps completed after hitting the two-hour mark. I saw Max and then the next thing I see is Kimi hitting the side of me and Max somewhere there.

"If you are fighting for the world championship you shouldn't take those risks squeezing someone that much". Remarkably, Alonso was able to continue despite his McLaren having effectively been disembowelled, with entrails hanging from its left hand side, and ran just outside the points until the inevitable happened on lap nine and he was forced to retire.

"Why another safety auto?"

"Why another safety auto?" a clearly annoyed Hamilton said.

But Hamilton shot off after the restart to maintain the gap from Ricciardo and as he finally took the chequered flag, the grandstand came to its feet and fireworks lit up the night sky.

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