Sebastian Vettel has taken victory in a chaotic Singapore grand Prix. The world champion Lewis Hamilton was forced to retire from the race after he suffered engine problems on lap thirty two.
Hamilton had been on course for fourth until his problem which he reported to his team shortly before his retirement. He said on team radio “lost power guys, lost power” before falling down the field. However he still managed to keep his forty one point lead over team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Vettel victory means he is almost in touching of Rosberg for second in the world championship. Vettel’s former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo took second for Red Bull ahead of his current team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. It was Mercedes second engine related retirement in two races after Rosberg retired at Monza.
The target which Ferrari set themselves at the beginning of 2015 of three victories this season has been achieved. It was the first time this season that they managed to win on merit. The circuit played to the hands of the team and reminded us of Vettel’s wins between 2010-2013 with Red Bull.
Vettel pulled out a three seconds on the first lap before he stabilized the gap. Ricciardo ran well closing in on the leader as the first stops approached after Nico Hulkenberg brought the safety car out. Hulkenberg caused a collision which will mean he will drop three places on the grid in Suzuka next Sunday.
Once the safety car came in again Vettel soon reopened his three second lead until the second safety car came out. In a dramatic twist Jenson Button ensured another double retirement after an engine failure. He was also involved in contact with Pastor Maldonado.