Singapore Grand Prix: Max Verstappen blames Sebastian Vettel for crash


Singapore Grand Prix: Max Verstappen blames Sebastian Vettel for crash

Verstappen and Raikkonen both made good starts and tried to pass Vettel down the inside, only for the three to crash together and all retire due to the damage sustained.

Lewis Hamilton took full advantage of a disastrous Ferrari performance and claimed victory at a truncated Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix on Sunday to extend his championship lead to 28 points over Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel crashed out of Sunday's Singapore GP after a ruinous collision with Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen at the first corner.

While there was much joy for Mercedes, the Red Bull camp was not particularly pleased, with Ricciardo having more reasons to be annoyed.

"God blessed me today for sure", said Hamilton on the podium, after also completing a hat-trick of wins.

"But I am at the race so I have chefs here". Vettel had started from pole with Hamilton fifth. Hamilton, who started fifth on the grid, managed to avoid the carnage and took the lead as Vettel's initial crash damage resulted in him spinning out on the run to Turn 4.

Don't miss the F1 Report: Singapore Review as Mark Gallagher and Kevin Eason join Natalie Pinkham to look back at the frenetic rain-affected night race as well as discussing the fallout to the 2018 engine announcements.

Contact between the pair sent Raikkonen spearing into the side of Vettel's vehicle and all three drivers were forced to retire.

'The Stewards consider that no driver was found to have been wholly or predominantly to blame for the incident and will therefore take no further action'.

"Nothing we can do now".

For Vettel, a four-time victor in Singapore, it was a miserable night and contrasted with his joy after qualifying, when he pulled out a mesmerising lap to grab pole.

The incident brought out the safety vehicle.

"It couldn't be a more ideal scenario", Hamilton said. Ricciardo had gone into the race confident of victory despite missing out on pole.

Sure, Hamilton could have another hellish weekend a la Russian Federation or Monaco, but the Mercedes appears to be performing better at tracks that supposedly don't suit them.

"I will be in the simulator and that will be a better time to discuss about the future and other things that are happening", said Alonso.

On the incident, he said: "I had an average start and moved slightly to the left trying to fend off Max and the next thing I know I felt a bump on the side".