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Hamilton seals Singapore win – Championship now his to lose

Hamilton seals Singapore win – Championship now his to lose
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Singapore GP 2018. Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton can pull off a victory even when the numbers are stacked against him. He proved it back in Italy and he did it again in Singapore. To begin with, he pulled off a miracle of a pole position, setting new records in the process, against the two Ferraris that had seemed rampant through qualifying.

The initial drama was delivered by the new Force India team with Ocon trying to find an overtake line outside Sergio Perez, only to be thrown into the wall, bringing out the safety car just as Vettel got ahead of Verstappen.

After the restart, it came down to a matter of tyre strategy and pit stop scheduling, with Hamilton having his hypersofts switched to softs, while Vettel’s tyres were now ultrasofts. Verstappen’s stop for softs was timed perfectly, allowing him to come back on to the track abreast of Vettel and then getting ahead of him.

Force India were to provide further drama with Sergio Perez taking the battle to the Williams of Sergey Sirotkin, who he believed was holding him back. Halfway into the race, he managed to draw abreast of the Williams and then made a rookie error by steering into the Russian, damaging bodywork and puncturing his rear tyre. In the process, he also picked up a drive through penalty.

Sirotkin was to also be penalised with a five second burden for holding up the race leader in his battle with the Haas of Romain Grosjean. Once Hamilton managed to get ahead of that, he built up the pace that had slipped, allowing Verstappen to come up on his tail.

Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore F1 GP 2018
Formula One – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Singapore GP 2018. Lewis Hamilton

The race ended with Hamilton getting his 69th career win, ahead of Verstappen and Vettel who managed the crucial podium slot that limits the Brit’s lead to 40 points. From this point, with the season on its closing races, the championship lead is Hamilton’s to keep intact.

Post-race he said, “I’m so excited. I came here knowing that Singapore is a hard one for us. But I’m always optimistic, thinking that if we’re really diligent and do our work, we can create some chances. Then Friday was already a good day for us. Saturday didn’t start off well, but then all of the sudden that special lap came in. Knowing that we would start on pole, I knew that it was a great opportunity for us to capitalise on. I had a great start and from then I was able to manage it. When I hit the traffic, I was just mindful not to take any risks. When you start to get closer to another car, you start losing grip and start sliding around more, so there’s a higher chance of mistakes. If you’re lucky you catch the cars at the right point and they let you by so you don’t lose any time, but today I always caught them at an unfortunate point. So when Max was right behind, I had to go on the defensive, and I thought to myself “Bro, you’re not getting by – not today!” It was physically such a demanding race, so I’m relieved that it’s over now – it felt like such a long night, but I’m super grateful for the result.”

2018 Formula 1 Drivers

Car NoNameTeam2018 season2017 season
44Lewis HamiltonMercedes358363
5Sebastian VettelFerrari294317
7Kimi RäikkönenFerrari236205
77Valtteri BottasMercedes227305
33Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing216168
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing146200
27Nico HulkenbergRenault6943
11Sergio PerezForce India57100
20Kevin MagnussenHaas5319
14Fernando AlonsoMcLaren5017
31Esteban OconForce India4987
55Carlos SainzRenault4554
8Romain GrosjeanHaas3128
10Pierre GaslyToro Rosso290
16Charles LeclercSauber27 
2Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1213
9Marcus EricssonSauber90
18Lance StrollWilliams640
28Brendan HartleyToro Rosso40
35Sergey SirotkinWilliams1 

2018 Formula 1 Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Red Bull Racing362368
Haas Ferrari8447
McLaren Renault6230
Force India Mercedes47187
Sauber Ferrari365
Toro Rosso Honda3353
Williams Mercedes783
2018 Formula 1 Teams

2018 Formula 1 Races

Mexico28/10/2018Max VerstappenSebastian Vettel  Kimi Raikkonen
United States21/10/2018Kimi RaikkonenMax VerstappenLewis Hamilton
Japan07/10/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri Bottas Max Verstappen
Russia20/09/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri Bottas Sebastian Vettel 
Singapore16/09/2018Lewis HamiltonMax VerstappenSebastian Vettel
Italy02/09/2018Lewis HamiltonKimi RaikkonenValtteri Bottas
Belgium26/08/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonMax Verstappen
Hungary29/07/2018Lewis HamiltonSebastian VettelKimi Raikkonen
Germany22/07/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri BottasKimi Raikkonen
Britain08/07/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Austria01/07/2018Max VerstappenKimi RaikkonenSebastian Vettel
France24/06/2018Lewis HamiltonMax VerstappenKimi Raikkonen
Canada10/06/2018Sebastian VettelValtteri BottasMax Verstappen
Monaco27/05/2018Daniel RicciardoSebastian VettelLewis Hamilton
Spain13/05/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri BottasMax Verstappen
Azerbaijan29/04/2018Lewis HamiltonKimi RaikkonenSergio Perez
China15/04/2018Daniel RicciardoValtteri BottasKimi Raikkonen
Bahrain04/04/2018Sebastian VettelValtteri BottasLewis Hamilton
Australia25/03/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Abu Dhabi25/11/2018   

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