Lewis Hamilton has won an incident-filled Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, beating Daniel Ricciardo to extend his lead at the top of the championship standings as title rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out of contention.
Hamilton capitalised on a series of events that wiped out the front row of the grid on the opening lap, cruising in the lead until the chequered flag was brought out early when the two-hour race limit was passed.
Hamilton extends his championship lead to 28 points, at a track where Vettel was looking to seize the lead of the championship. Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas rounded off the podium and is a further 23 points back in the drivers’ standings.
A downpour of rain 15 minutes before the start of Formula 1’s first ever wet night race forced teams to make the switch to intermediate tyres, with some taking the gamble of racing on the full wets.
Kimi Raikkonen made a good start to draw alongside the Red Bull of Max Verstappen, who was challenging poleman Vettel off the line.
Vettel, unaware of his fellow Ferrari driver’s solid getaway, instigated a pincer movement that caused Verstappen to tag the right-rear of Raikkonen on the inside, who was sent into the side of his team-mate.
Unable to control the car, Raikkonen slid along the pit exit and careered again into Verstappen at turn 1, who in turn collided into a fast-starting Fernando Alonso.
With extensive sidepod and radiator damage, Vettel spun and reversed his way through the turn five right-hander, before coming to a rest later on the circuit.
All involved in the accident retired from the race, and the safety car was brought out on lap 1.
Hamilton, closely followed by Verstappen’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg, led the pack at the restart on lap 5 out of 58.