Hamilton extends title lead as Vettel crashes out in Singapore


Story highlights

  • Lewis Hamilton extends championship lead
  • Vettel crashes out at rain-affected race
  • Daniel Ricciardo finishes second, Bottas third

Starting Sunday’s race from fifth, Hamilton profited as both pole sitter Vettel and his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen crashed out on a dramatic opening lap.

Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen collided on the run down to Turn One before the Finn plowed into the side of Vettel. The German continued only to spin off moments later at Turn Five.

As the rain relented, Hamilton quickly assumed control of the grand prix to take the checkered flag ahead of Daniel Ricciardo with Valtteri Bottas in third.

The win means the Mercedes driver opens up a 28-point lead over Vettel with six races to go.

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