Hamilton Extends Championship Lead to 40 Points After Singapore GP Win
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British driver Lewis Hamilton is on an upswing following his win at the Singapore GP last weekend. After winning four of the last five races, finishing second to Vettel in the other, he has a 40-point lead with just six races remaining.
Having placed his car on P1 during qualifying, the 79th pole of his career (most of all-time), the race win capped an almost perfect weekend for Mercedes. It was the seventh win for the season for the Silver Arrows pilot and it spurred him to say, “I need to win every race”. Hamilton has now clocked up 69 race victories so far in his career.
Hamilton, Verstappen and Vettel battling it out.
Max Verstappen had a fine drive in his Red Bull and came in second. Hamilton’s closest challenger for the driver’s title, Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, came in third. Both Hamilton and Vettel have now won the Singapore GP four times each in their career.
The top six finished pretty much as it was in qualifying, with Valtteri Bottas in fourth, and Kimi Raikkonen (who will be driving for Sauber next year after having been released by Ferrari) in fifth. Daniel Ricciardo, another driver who will be leaving his team,Red Bull, finished sixth.
There was drama on the first lap with Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez of Force India banging wheels at the exit of Turn 3 when Ocon tried to go on the outside and ended up hitting the wall.
After the race, a disappointed Ocon said, “He apologised to me, in the room he said he apologised. The only thing I look at the moment is that we come home with no points on a weekend where we should have been both in the points, getting strong results.”
Ocon and Perez bang wheels………………….. and this happens:
Perez, however, was adamant that he did not know that it was his teammate’s car that he banged wheels with.
“It was very unfortunate. As I was picking up the power in Turn 3 I just got a contact from another car, on my front tyre. I did not even realise at the time that it was Esteban.”
Double world champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren, who will be ending his F1 career at the end of the year, came in at seventh and reminded us what we will miss of the former champion’s supreme talent. The Spaniard won on this circuit back in 2008 and 2010 driving for Renault and Ferrari respectively.
A fine drive from Alonso who took seventh place. Image credit – racefans.net
Carlos Sainz Jr and Nico Hulkenberg of Renault came in at eight and tenth, their sixth double points finish of the season
Elated by the news of a dream drive with Ferrari next season, Charles Leclerc ended a five-race pointless streak with a controlled drive to ninth.
With six races remaining and the next one in Russia on September 30th, we’ll be hearing:
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