Mercedes looked to be on the back foot going into the race in Singapore, but after the first lap it became clear they were going to get a good result and by the end of the race, they'd secured a win for Lewis Hamilton and a third place for Valtteri Bottas.
The main reason for that was a first lap crash between Max Verstappen and the two Ferrari drivers, with Sebastian Vettel squeezing Verstappen in the drag down to the first corner. Verstappen and Räikkönen collided and were both instantly out of the race, whilst Vettel went on for a few more corners but also had to retire. They also managed to take out Fernando Alonso, who was bitterly disappointed retiring from what could have been a really strong race for McLaren.
Instead, it was a better weekend for Carlos Sainz and the two Force India drivers, who benefitted from the misfortune of others. Jolyon Palmer also finally got a good result with a sixth place finish that secured his first points of the season. Hamilton's win, however, launched him further into the lead of the championship, with 28 points over his rival, and six races still to go.
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References Fernando Alonso, Jolyon Palmer, Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel
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