Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory in the Singapore Grand Prix to strengthen his hold on this year’s Formula One World Championship.
The Mercedes driver controlled the race from a pole position won brilliantly on Saturday as he looks to clinch his fifth championship.
His victory was also helped by yet more curious strategy from Ferrari, which dropped Sebastian Vettel from second to third behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, throwing away a position the German had earned by overtaking the Red Bull driver before he first turn.
Hamilton’s only worrying moment was caused by back markers at about two-thirds distance when Haas driver Romain Grosjean and Williams’ Sergey Sirotkin ignored him in the heat of their battle for position and cost him his five-second advantage over Verstappen.
The 33-year-old Brit however had to fend off an attack from Verstappen into Turn Seven as a result, which he just managed to do before managing the race to the chequered flag.
Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was in fourth in front of Kimi Raikkonen. Ricciardo was in sixth. The retiring Fernando Alonso scored a strong seventh for McLaren with Renault’s Carlos Sainz was in eighth and his team-mate Nico Hülkenberg in 10th.
Victory in Singapore – with Vettel third behind Verstappen – extended Hamilton’s advantage over the German in the championship to 40 points with six races left.