It was action from the off in Sunday evening’s Singapore Grand Prix. With both Ferraris and a Red Bull eliminated in a coming-together at the start, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton stormed to his 60th F1 victory, extending his championship lead over Sebastian Vettel from three to 28 points with just six races to go.

Allow us to give you a run down of the top five moments from this dramatic weekend, from both on and off the race circuit.

1. A Singapore First.

Racing in the night, in the rain, what could possibly go wrong?

It was the first ever rain soaked night race in Formula One's history, and it's left fans of the sport begging for more.

A downpour hit the Marina Bay track just four hours before the F1 race, delaying the start of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia support race because conditions were so bad. 

"With this rain, everything could change. Let's see how heavy it gets," Niki Lauda tells Craig Slater on Sky Sports.​ With changing conditions throughout the race, this Grand Prix was just as much about tyre strategy as it was avoiding debris from stricken cars.

2. That Start.

In a race that ran to the full two-hour limit thanks to three safety-car periods, all of the conversations post race led to that moment the lights went green.

With the forecast rain having started to fall just prior to the start, Vettel led off the line from his hard-won pole position, but as Max Verstappen lagged alongside him, Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen came creeping down the inside of the Red Bull heading to Turn 1. That was where the Dutchman found himself getting pinched in a Scuderia sandwich, and the three collided.

Verstappen and Raikkonen were done for the night, sliding off on the outside of the corner and collecting an innocent Fernando Alonso, who had rocketed his McLaren off the line in typical fashion to briefly nose as high as third.

Vettel clung to the lead as Hamilton jumped to second place round the outside, but then the German’s car damaged spun in a straight line, ripping off its nose and prompting his retirement.

3. Hulkenberg's Unwanted Record.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg made his 130th Grand Prix start this weekend in the Singapore Grand Prix.

Despite making his Formula 1 start with Williams in 2010, the 30-year-old German has never stood on the podium. His best finish has been fourth, which he's managed on three occasions - Belgium in 2012 and 2016, and Korea in 2013.

He originally shared the record for most races entered without a podium with Adrian Sutil, But after retiring in Singapore, Hulkenberg now owns the record outright!

Chin up Nico!

4. Close Calls.

Being a street circuit, Singapore is expected to be a different circuit for the drivers to overtake. 

Using public roads around the Marina Bay area, the circuit utilises powerful lighting systems to replicate daylight conditions and the most stringent safety protocols ensure driver and spectator safety. 

Despite this, and unlike Monaco, the Singapore Grand Prix was filled with some wheel to wheel racing from all drivers, with Vandoorne and Massa banging wheels three or four times on lap 13. ​Massa got into a tussle with Magnussen and Ocon too, all drivers threading the needle around this exceptionally difficult circuit.

5. The Best Fans.

Of course, without F1 fans, there would be no F1. 

The Singapore Grand Prix was filled to the brim with thrill-seekers all weekend. Grandstand seating and hospitality areas lining the track can accommodate more than 80,000 spectators, while a permanent pit area with deluxe paddock facilities is located adjacent to the Singapore Flyer complex.

The event is more than just a motor race. "We envision it to be a national festival, and one that presents many opportunities for participation for everyone, both visitors and Singaporeans alike," said Singapore's Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Mr S Iswaran.

Check out our favourite photos from the weekend!

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