So it isn’t going to be a winless season for Sebastian Vettel after all, who took the victory after an undercut as a result of an early stop propelled him ahead of both Lewis Hamilton and his team-mate Charles Leclerc, and he had to see through three safety cars in a wild race, but crossed the line to lead home a Ferrari 1-2. Max Verstappen finished in third, just holding off Lewis Hamilton, who dropped to fourth after a strategy error saw him pit late and victim to an undercut. Valtteri Bottas finished in fifth with Alex Albon in sixth.
As mentioned the race featured three safety cars. The first one to clear George Russell’s Williams after Romain Grosjean refused to back off as he raced side by side at Turn 8, resulting in contact that terminally damaged the Williams, the second after Sergio Perez’s Racing Point ground to a halt, robbing him of a potential points finish, and the third after an ambitious move from Daniel Kvyat made an ambitious lunge on Kimi Raikkonen at Turn 1, which resulted in contact that broke Raikkonen’s suspension. There was also an incident on Lap 1 where Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz made contact that forced both to pit.
All the bunching up and varying strategies resulted in the midfield being very closely fought. The only midfield driver not involved in much wheel to wheel combat was Lando Norris, who drove similarly to in Spa, and this time got to finish the race in seventh. Pierre Gasly pitted late and made use of fresh tyres to finish in eighth, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, who altered his strategy as a result of being forced to pit on lap 1 to good effect with the help of the safety cars to finish in ninth, with Antonio Giovinazzi finishing in tenth after leading a section of the race before he pitted despite a 10 second time penalty for driving close to marshals that had no effect on his finishing position.
Out of the points, Romain Grosjean just missed out ahead of Carlos Sainz, who’s race was basically resurrected after being a lap down before the safety car to finish in twelfth. Lance Stroll finished in thirteenth after a tap with the wall forced an unscheduled stop, whilst Daniel Ricciardo entertained in the early staged but an over ambitious move on Giovinazzi resulted in a puncture.
Here is the classification from today’s Singapore Grand Prix.
1. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
2. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
5. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
6. Alexander Albon (Red Bull)
7. Lando Norris (McLaren)
8. Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)
9. Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)
10. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
11. Romain Grosjean (Haas)
12. Carlos Sainz (McLaren)
13. Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
14. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)
15. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)
16. Robert Kubica (Williams)
17. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
R. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) Damage
R. Sergio Perez (Racing Point) Mechanical
R. George Russell (Williams) Accident
In the drivers standings, Lewis Hamilton has further extended his lead whilst Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen are now level in third place.