Tue, Sep 19, 11:14am by Head Editor
Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo looked like he was finally going to break through for his maiden Singapore Grand Prix win when three of his biggest rivals – Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen – crashed out on the first corner.
Ricciardo, who started from third on the grid, downplayed the impact of a gearbox problem that almost forced him to retire from the rain-hit race, in the post-race press conference.
The result is the fourth consecutive time that Ricciardo has finished on the podium in Singapore, and while it’s a good result, you couldn’t help but feel he should have broken through for his first win, but he simply didn’t have the pace.
Lewis Hamilton claimed a surprise win at an incident-packed race, with Ricciardo’s Red Bull simply unable to keep pace with the Brit’s Mercedes after the 3-time World Champion took the lead on the opening lap.
Hamilton came from fifth on the grid, but was able to make the ground up quickly following the early crash, and extended his lead to 28 points over Vettel, with six races remaining on the calendar.
The win was the Briton’s 60th in his career, while his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finished third. The 32-year-old Hamilton is now at $1.14 to win the Drivers Championship for the fourth time, ahead of Vettel at $5.50.
Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz finished fourth while Force India’s Sergio Perez was fifth ahead of Renault’s Jolyon Palmer, who picked up his first points of the season by finishing sixth.
The Malaysian Grand Prix begins on the September 29, and Hamilton is the early favourite at $2, ahead of Vettel at $2.63, while Ricciardo is the fourth pick at $15 to win in Malaysia for the second year in a row.
F1 Drivers Championship
L Hamilton $1.14
S Vettel $5.50
V Bottas $101
D Kvyat $501
R Grosjean $501
D Ricciardo $501
Malaysian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton $2
Sebastian Vettel $2.63
Valtteri Bottas $7
Daniel Ricciardo $15
Max Verstappen $17
Kimi Raikkonen $21
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