Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix

Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix
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Published September 21st, 2014 - 18:47 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton claimed victory in the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday to move top of the Formula One drivers' championship standings as Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg failed to point after retiring with technical problems.

The Briton drove a flawless race to finish clear of Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo. Fernando Alonso in a Ferrari came home in fourth place ahead of Felipe Massa in a Williams.

The victory moves Hamilton on to 241 points, three clear of Rosberg with five races remaining. Ricciardo lies a distant third on 181 points, followed by Alonso on 133. While Hamilton stormed off from pole, Rosberg was forced to start from the pit lane after having to replace his steering wheel in an attempt to fix an electronic control systems failure.

It was immediately clear that the technical issues had not been resolved as Rosberg struggled at the back of the back, losing over 50 seconds to the leaders within the first 10 laps.

Up front, Vettel pitted for the first time on lap 13 from second place followed in quick succession by Alonso and Ricciardo. Hamilton pitted a lap later, returning in front with a clear track ahead of him.

Rosberg's race ended on the same lap as the German was unable to restart his engine after his first stop when another steering wheel replacement failed to solve his technical problem.

There was no change in the leading group until Alonso made his second stop on lap 25 with Vettel pitting a lap later, coming out behind the Ferrari. Race leader Hamilton made his second stop on lap 27, followed by Ricciardo, who returned in fourth spot.

The race leaders bunched up again at the halfway stage as the safety car was deployed after Sergio Perez in a Force India lost his front wing while battling with Sauber's Adrian Sutil.

Alonso dropped to fourth as he took a gamble and pitted with the intention of running to the finish, leaving Vettel behind Hamilton but ahead of teammate Ricciardo.

Racing restarted on lap 38 with Hamilton immediately lapping significantly faster than his pursuers in the knowledge that he still had one more stop to make.

Hamilton made his last visit to the pits with 10 laps remaining, returning behind Vettel but, more importantly, just in front of Ricciardo. With Vettel struggling on degrading tyres, Hamilton eased past the German two laps later to regain a lead he would not relinquish.

Vettel hung on to second place, followed by Ricciardo and Alonso as the race was cut by one lap to 60 laps as the two-hour race limit was reached due to the earlier deployment of the safety car.

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