Lewis Hamilton Wins Singapore Grand Prix To Increase Title Lead

Brenda Watkins
September 16, 2018

Vettel was unhappy with his team after qualifying in third place behind Verstappen, and the German driver sounded irritated during Sunday's race after a team strategy error to send him into the pits for a tire change before Hamilton failed to work.

"Great job everyone - what a weekend", Hamilton says. A fifth title already looks to be well within his grasp but after this weekend and on such form, even this once seemingly insurmountable target has begun to look achievable. He emerged behind a Force India and had fitted the ultrasoft tyres.

The 20-year-old apologized to his team on the radio as he left his auto stranded in an escape road with two minutes left in the session, a sight that will disappoint his future employers, who will hope he does not make similar mistakes next season.

"No chance, we are again too late, " Vettel complained over team radio, taking another apparent swipe at team strategy.

Vettel discarded Hypersofts for Ultrasofts but filtered back on track behind the yet-to-stop Sergio Perez, while Verstappen stayed out for another three laps.

He starts ahead of Max Verstappen of Red Bull, with Ferrari driver Vettel in third on the grid.

Working in the Ferrari driver's favor was that Bottas in fourth place was struggling badly to wade through lapped traffic, providing him a buffer with which to manage his pace. So much so that he now has one hand on the title.

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The German was on course to challenge Raikkonen and Hamilton's best times before he clipped the wall on the final bend, causing him to abort his lap and dart into the pits with a fluid leak. I'm responsible for the team.

"I can certainly say I have put myself in a good position to try". Max put up a good fight as well.

Verstappen was similarly pleased, scoring Red Bull Racing's highest finish since June's Austrian Grand Prix.

"I was a bit nervous going into qualifying because I didn't think we had the pace".

"I'm spent. It felt like the longest race of my life so I'm glad it's over", said Hamilton when interviewed on track after hugging his crew in celebration. "I think we can improve from where we are, so it should be fine tomorrow".

Verstappen was the next in, nearly colliding again with Vettel into turn three.

"It was clear we were not fast enough in the race, we need to understand why". As we'd gone through the qualifying session again, the real challenge in Q1 on the ultra-soft, and then we obviously got into that last session and it was just about pulling all of the little bits you'd found through practice and trying to see if you could put it into a flawless puzzle.

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