VETTEL WINS IN SINGAPORE HAMILTON DNF’s
German wins his fourth Singapore Grand Prix in five years after Lewis Hamilton is forced to retire and a spectator runs onto the Marina Bay Circuit.
It wasn’t the most exciting race at the front, with Vettel leading from start to finish, but he showed expert professionalism with dealing with the safety cars as the field bunched. It is so hot, so humid out there, and to maintain that level of concentration makes him a deserving winner.
What happened behind him was much more interesting. We had a fan walking on the track whilst Lewis Hamilton was one of six casualties, which also numbered Button, Alonso, Hulkenburg, Grosjean and Massa.
Hamilton’s peddle problems mean that Rosberg, finishing in fourth, closes the gap at the top of the drivers’ championship to 41 points. But with today’s win, Vettel is just eight points behind Rosberg in third! It’s hotting up a bit. “Maybe we can make the impossible possible,” says Vettel on the podium.
Honourable mention must go to the Toro Rosso boys, particularly Max Verstappen, who stalled on the grid but came back from a full lap behind the pack to zoom through the field and finish in eighth. Fantastic from the teenager, who defied team orders to pip Sainz to the line.