Hamilton held off a mid-race challenge from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to register a record-equalling fourth triumph at the floodlit Marina Bay Street Circuit track, while Vettel finished third to slip further behind in the title race.
“Great job everyone, what a weekend… keep pushing, keep pushing, we’ve got this,” Hamilton told his team over the radio soon after crossing the line at the end of the 61st lap.
Hamilton’s 69th overall victory was his seventh of the season and it was built on the foundations of a stunning qualifying lap on Saturday, when he stormed to pole in a car deemed inferior to the Ferraris and Red Bulls on this circuit.
For Vettel and Ferrari it was another disappointing weekend after the car showed plenty of pace through all three practice sessions, the German’s cause not helped by a questionable strategy and a poor pitstop.
Hamilton won this race from the third row a year ago when Vettel, Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen collided before Turn One but there was no repeat of such drama this time after the drivers got off to a clean start at the head of the field.
The racers now move on to the next league of the F1 Grand Prix journey to Russia where they will go head to head once again on the 30th of September 2018. There remains 6 more countries in the line up for F1 Grand Prix 2018 (Russia, Japan, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Abu Dhabi).
F1 fans here in Singapore would be glad to know that Singapore has clinched the deal to remain the iconic F1 night race host for another 4 years (till 2021). Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S. Iswaran announced the contract extension at the F1 Pit Building at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. He cited three reasons for the protracted negotiations with new F1 owners Liberty Media, which were wrapped up on 15th September 2018.
“First, with the changes in the ownership and management of F1, serious negotiations could commence only in February,” said Mr Iswaran.
“Second, we wanted to understand the new management’s vision and plans for F1, the importance and role accorded to the Singapore race, whether this was aligned with our own objectives.”
“Third, we wanted to thoroughly evaluate the medium-term pro- spects for F1 and the value a term extension could bring to Singapore. I am glad that all parties have been able to agree on commercial terms for the extension.”
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