SINGAPORE – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton gave another masterclass here on Sunday (Sept 16) with an easy win from the Singapore F1 GP after starting from pole.
He is now 40 points clear of his nearest title rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel – and there are still six GP’s to go.
Comparative newcomer Max Verstappen (Red Bull) tried to challenge Hamilton but the now four-times winner at the stunning Marina Bay track held him off under the floodlights.
As usual, Hamilton was quick to praise his team as he did his lap of honour: “Great job everyone, what a weekend! Keep pushing, keep pushing, we’ve got this.”
Hamilton now has 69 F1 wins; Singapore was his seventh of 2018 and followed a record-breaking lap during qualifyng to take the front slot on the grid.
There was a messy start to the race, however, when Force India’s Sergio Perez pushed team mate Esteban Ocon into a the right-hand track wall soon after the lights went out.
“Sorry guys, there was no room,” Perez reported over the team radio.
Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas held off a prolonged late challenge from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to finish fourth, ahead of Red Buller Daniel Ricciardo.