Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel claimed his third victory of the season - and his fourth in Singapore - after controlling an incident-packed race at Marina Bay. In a Grand Prix interrupted by two safety-car periods, Vettel beat Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo by 1.4 seconds, with Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen taking third position.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton retired for the first time in 2015 after technical problems on his Mercedes.
As Ferrari secured their first double podium since 2013, Nico Rosberg finished fourth in the second Mercedes to cut Hamilton's championship lead to 41 points, ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat. Sergio Perez was seventh for Force India, followed by the Toro Rossos of Max Verstappen, with Sauber’s Felipe Nasr completing the top 10.
Vettel had streaked from pole into an early lead at the start, heading Ricciardo by a full three seconds after just one lap. Ricciardo fought back however, and the pair traded blows and fastest laps in an intense battle that raged throughout the 61 laps.
The first of two safety cars came on lap 14 when Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg ran into the Williams of Felipe Massa as it exited the pit lane. Hulkenberg, who was pitched into the wall and retired on the spot, was deemed responsible for the incident, and given a three-place grid penalty for next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.
Victory was all the sweeter for the German given that championship leader Lewis Hamilton suffered his first retirement of the season. Vettel has closed to within 50 points of Hamilton as a result.
First Grand Prix - 2008
Number of Laps - 61
Circuit Length - 5.065KM
Race Distance - 308.828KM
Lap Record - 1:50.041 by Daniel Ricciardo (2015)
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