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Hamilton Races to a comfortable victory in Singapore

Lewis Hamilton raced to a scintillating victory at the Singapore Grand Prix leading the championship battle ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg. The latter missed pole position by just 0.007 seconds and it was well anticipated that the race will witness an intense battle between the two Mercedes drivers.

Hamilton Races to a comfortable victory in Singapore

Nico’s woes started before the race when an electrical issue required his steering wheel to be changed. Nico had to start the race from the pitlane where he couldn’t pull away from the grid for the formation lap unaided. This gave Hamilton the opportunity to sprint to pole and lead the race while being hounded by RedBull racing’s Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Alonso briefly moved up second but outbraked moving on the run-off area to control his machine in process giving Vettel the second spot. Meanwhile Rosberg faced issues with his DRS, energy recovery system and gearbox eventually retiring after lap 13.

Hamilton Races to a comfortable victory in Singapore

With Rosberg out of the race Hamilton had a clear path ahead of him until the deployment of the safety car joepardised his position. Team ordered him to continue racing though he was on soft compounds. Hamilton started hammering fastest laps till he built a lead of nine seconds over Vettel so as to get ample window for a pitstop.

As Vettel claimed the lead, Hamilton fended Ricciardo to take lead again as the fresh set of tyres helped him gain a margin of 13.5 seconds.

Hamilton Races to a comfortable victory in Singapore

Alonso jumped Vettel at the second round of stops conceding his position behind the safety car. He patiently waited for the Redbull’s tyres to degrade, however the Austrian bulls put up a fight to finish on the podium.

Felipee Massa repassed Kimi Raikkonen to end at a lonely fifth while Jean Eric Vergne finished his season’s best by coming in at a seventh inspite of being penalized for five seconds twice for exceeding track limits.

Hamilton Races to a comfortable victory in Singapore

Results

Pos

Driver

Car

Gap

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

2h00m04.795s

2

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull/Renault

13.534s

3

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

14.273s

4

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

15.389s

5

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

42.161s

6

Jean-Eric Vergne

Toro Rosso/Renault

56.801s

7

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

59.038s

8

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m00.641s

9

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1m01.661s

10

Kevin Magnussen

McLaren/Mercedes

1m02.230s

11

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1m05.065s

12

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus/Renault

1m06.915s

13

Romain Grosjean

Lotus/Renault

1m08.029s

14

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Renault

1m12.008s

15

Marcus Ericsson

Caterham/Renault

1m34.188s

16

Jules Bianchi

Marussia/Ferrari

1m34.543s

17

Max Chilton

Marussia/Ferrari

1 Lap

-

Jenson Button

McLaren/Mercedes

Electrical

-

Adrian Sutil

Sauber/Ferrari

Water leak

-

Esteban Gutierrez

Sauber/Ferrari

Electrical

-

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

Steering wheel

-

Kamui Kobayashi

Caterham/Renault

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Drivers' championship

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Lewis Hamilton

241

2

Nico Rosberg

238

3

Daniel Ricciardo

181

4

Fernando Alonso

133

5

Sebastian Vettel

124

6

Valtteri Bottas

122

7

Jenson Button

72

8

Nico Hulkenberg

72

9

Felipe Massa

65

10

Sergio Perez

45

11

Kimi Raikkonen

45

12

Kevin Magnussen

39

13

Jean-Eric Vergne

19

14

Romain Grosjean

8

15

Daniil Kvyat

8

16

Jules Bianchi

2

17

Adrian Sutil

0

18

Marcus Ericsson

0

19

Pastor Maldonado

0

20

Esteban Gutierrez

0

21

Max Chilton

0

22

Kamui Kobayashi

0

Source : CarDekho