Sebastian Vettel took a pole-to-flag victory to record his third victory of the year ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen in the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday. The German had a smooth start to the race unlike Max Verstappen whose car stalled and once he got it started he was way behind the pack after starting in eighth place. The Ferrari driver maintained his lead ahead of Ricciardo and was looking to be in complete control of this race unlike the drivers around him.
Felipe Massa was forced to retire as his car went into neutral ending his race. The Brazilian was also involved in some contact with Nico Hulkenburg upon his exit from the pits which forced the Force India driver into the pits ending his race. Lewis Hamilton’s problems also continued as his engine seemed to be the cause and the Brit fell further down the order in an attempt to save it, finally being forced to retire.
Fernando Alonso followed suit as he failed to record a point in Singapore for the first time. McLaren fans had something to cheer about as Jenson Button managed to turn his race around and jumped into the eighth place. With under 23 laps to go a second safety car was deployed when a spectator found his way onto the track. Once the race was back to normal the Torro Rosso garage was up from their seats as their drivers Versteppen, who it is important to note started in the pits due to his car stalling at the beginning of the race, and Carlos Sainz moved up into the points.
With the interruptions of the safety cars Vettel was forced to cut his lead on the chasing pack and Ricciardo was not backing down keeping the race leader honest in the final ten laps chipping time off the leaders’ advantage. Elsewhere the fight for points continued as Felipe Nasr pipped Romain Grosjean into tenth place. Another notable development as the race came to an end was the direction that came Vertseppen’s way over the radio asking him to move aside and let his teammate Sainz through which he responded to with a clear “No” and finished in eighth. In the end, the former Red Bull driver recorded his 42nd race victory surpassing Ayrton Senna and continued his attempt to close in on the championship top two.