Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix to increase title lead


The next round is in Sochi, Russia on September 30, where Hamilton has won twice before and Mercedes all four races since it was added to the Formula One calendar in 2014.

Hamilton was beaming after securing pole on Saturday and was joyous once more on Sunday after a victory he did not expect to be celebrating.

"I have prepared well and the team has brought a pretty good vehicle here", Ricciardo said. We had a great start, and the team have never given up in me and our ability. "It was a long race". For example, yesterday in long runs I didn't have a problem, and if it breaks it breaks, you can not really change that. "Max put up a great fight as well - but what a day, what a weekend".

Vettel pitted on lap 15 in his bid to undercut Hamilton for a new set of ultrasofts but Hamilton managed to come out ahead of the German, albeit on a much slower soft tyre, hoping it would last for a successful one-stop strategy.

This prompted the race's second significant incident when Perez grew impatient with Sirotkin and swerved at him as he finally went past at Turn 17 on lap 33, picking up a puncture in the process and enabling Hulkenberg to nip through. However, he didn't blame Grosjean and Sirotkin entirely, despite the pair being slapped with five-second time penalties.

"I think I was a little bit unlucky with the traffic", said Hamilton. It's quite hard to follow.

"The approach I have is working really well so don't see a point in changing, just need to keep getting better", he said. The victory in Singapore had taken everything out of him.

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Shaqiri came closest to an equaliser but saw his fierce strike bravely blocked by John Stones as England held out for victory. It was Rashford's fifth goal for England in 27 matches.

Hamilton and Vettel made the best starts of the top three and the pole-sitting Mercedes cut cleanly through the first two corners as second-placed Verstappen had to defend his position from Vettel.

Instead he lost position and crucial points, dropping back behind Verstappen having earlier overtaken him. You could hear the defeat in his voice and, while he was able to make the flag, third place and over half a minute off victor Hamilton will seem like a defeat.

"I truly think we can deliver like this for the rest of the season, and that is the goal".

"[We] tried to be aggressive in the beginning but didn't work out".

Turning his attention to the championship battle and the 40-point deficit he now faces Vettel added, "It (today's race) doesn't help". I'm mostly thinking about today's race and today with the way we raced we didn't have a chance. "Overall we had a very strong package, both Kimi and myself looked very competitive throughout practice, but in the end, the race result, we finished third and fifth", Vettel said.

The safety auto has been a regular feature here in the last 10 years and it was no different this time when Sergio Perez pushed his Force India teammate Esteban Ocon into the wall after Turn 3 on the opening lap, reminding of their heated battles last year, after which the Silverstone squad was forced to implement team orders.