Cape Town - Lewis Hamilton has extended his World Championship lead to 28 points after taking full advantage of a chaotic start in wet conditions which left Sebastian Vettel's own title bid in pieces.
The Briton capitalised on a crash at the start involving title rival Sebastian Vettel, the German's Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen and the Red Bull Racing vehicle of Max Verstappen, which eliminated all three men, to win at the Marina Bay Circuit for a third time.
Hamilton, who started only fifth and had claimed that he needed a miracle to win, led every lap of a chaotic race which saw the safety vehicle deployed on three occasions.
It was remarkable that his vehicle was even in a fit state to continue, but the damage meant he was effectively racing blind. Get the app and get the game.
He said: 'I think I have damage on the front left.' The race engineer replied: 'Big damage on the sidepod, stop the vehicle. "No power, we are going to have to stop", he reported over the team radio. I'm happy that not only I retired, but all three of us, so we all have a bit of pain. "Hopefully the next races are more in our direction".
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"And it is like the years before - you need to stay calm and asses what the reasons could be we are underperforming here. Obviously we are not in the race, that's a pity, we can't show the pace that we have but I am sure there will be more opportunities". "Certainly grid position is king or crucial, but still it's a long race", said the German. I am racing Max and Daniel.
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. The two other retirements - both with technical problems - were Nico Hulkenberg, who had at one point looked set for fourth for Renault, and Haas's Kevin Magnussen. Whatever the cause, the German was out of the race - and his title rival in the lead...