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Hamilton´s Singapore surprise puts F1 title within his grasp

18 September 2017 13:01

It was meant to be the day that Sebastian Vettel seized back control of the Formula One world championship title race, but within seconds of Sunday's start it became apparent the prize was slipping out of his reach.

The four-time world champion was the headline victim of the first-lap drama at the Singapore Grand Prix that saw both Ferraris forced out, along with Red Bull's Max Verstappen, while Fernando Alonso's McLaren managed a handful of laps before the Spaniard joined them in the pits.

Having started on the front of the grid, Vettel was widely expected to prevail at the Marina Bay Circuit and reclaim his spot at the summit of the standings.

But he and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen both made contact with Verstappen and the irreparable damage to their cars is probably mirrored by that which has been inflicted upon Vettel's title hopes.

Amid the madness, Lewis Hamilton made relatively serene progress to a third consecutive race win, moving him 28 points ahead.

The Briton steered his Mercedes clear of the pile-up, climbing from fifth on the grid to lead the pack on a wet track that saw eight retirements.

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