Vettel: Early Singapore retirement 'a pity'


"So there's two, for sure, opportunities and then one potential one if there is a safety vehicle", he said. Daniel put up a really good fight today.

'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, ' read an FIA statement.

With this win, Hamilton has established a commanding lead of 28 points over Ferrari's Vettel. "So I'm very grateful", he said later.

Ferrari's Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, and Red Bull's Max Verstappen all went out just after the start of the first wet race in Singapore, which saw three safety cars and finished with only 12 drivers.

Vettel, Verstappen and Raikkonen came together on the run to Turn 1, before Raikkonen made contact with his Ferrari teammate and also collected Verstappen and McLaren's Fernando Alonso, who was ultimately forced into retirement with heavy damage to his vehicle.

The race, the first to be hit by rain in the decade that Singapore has hosted Formula One, had started in treacherous conditions after a formation lap behind the safety auto.

Fernando Alonso finds himself the innocent victim at turn one – Credit Octane
Fernando Alonso finds himself the innocent victim at turn one – Credit Octane

Polesitter Vettel moved across from the outside in an attempt to cover-off the fast-starting Verstappen, who ended up being squeezed between the Ferrari pair as Raikkonen surged up the inside.

"Championship-wise it's a big step forward", recognised Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. "I knew I had the pace when it rains, but unfortunately we just didn't have the auto in the dry, but today with it raining, those are my conditions that I love to drive in". The collision left Vettel's vehicle with a hole punched in the side and he spun into the wall at turn three.

While the three leaders were out on the spot, Alonso tried to continue after the resulting safety vehicle, but his McLaren was too damaged and he had to retire.

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".

"I watched the chaos in front of me". He started squeezing me.