Vettel Wins Singapore GP for Ferrari!
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel overcame the shock of coming across a track intruder mid-race and won the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, while runaway championship leader Lewis Hamilton suffered his first retirement of the season, injecting new life into the fight for the Formula One title.
Vettel led from start to finish in a race that was temporarily interrupted by a fan wandering on the track, which prompted the second of two safety-car periods that tactically helped the German notch his third win of the season, by 1.4 seconds over Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was third, as the top three finished in the positions they started at the Marina Bay street circuit.
Hamilton suffered an engine-clamp failure that took away boost power, and after several laps of touring around attempting a reset, he retired on lap 33 of 61.
His championship lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who finished fourth, was trimmed from 53 to 41 points – 252 versus 211 – with Vettel a further eight points back on 203. There are six races left.