Lewis Hamilton claimed a maximum 25 points but his principal rival left with none as the championship situation changed dramatically in Singapore.
Hamilton now leads Sebastian Vettel by 28 points in the drivers’ championship. That is the largest lead any driver has enjoyed all season. Vettel’s lead peaked at 25 points after the Monaco Grand Prix, since when Hamilton has enjoyed a net 53-point swing in his favour.
It was Hamilton’s third consecutive win, following a period at the beginning of the season in which no driver had won two in a row. It was also his third victory in Singapore.
Hamilton now has 60 career wins, yet it is shocking to know that this is the second time he has won, having started outside of the first two rows. He won the 2014 British Grand Prix from sixth place. His other wins have come from pole position (38), second (15), third (3) and fourth (2).
Vettel’s 200th participation in a world championship race weekend was not a successful one. His retirement from the race means Hamilton is now the only driver to have scored points in every race this year. (more…)