Lewis Hamilton: I knew I was going to win when it rained

Ruben Hill
September 19, 2017

Verstappen was pinched between the Ferraris of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen on the run to the first corner, causing all three cars to collide and resulting in a secondary incident that also collected Fernando Alonso.

Lewis Hamilton profited from the chaos to win the Singapore Grand Prix and extend his championship lead Sunday, while title rival Sebastian Vettel lost huge ground after crashing out on the first lap.

Belgian rookie Stoffel Vandoorne was seventh for McLaren, also his best performance to date, ahead of Canadian teenager Lance Stroll in the Williams and Romain Grosjean in the Haas. "If anything, it's a stark reminder that there are six more opportunities for the luck to go against us this season, just as it happened to Ferrari".

Hamilton was 0.635 seconds off Vettel's time in fifth place, and the Briton was a similar margin ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas in sixth.

"Sorry guys. Sorry", he said, contritely.

The stewards decreed a racing incident and took no further action, but some in the paddock felt Vettel was to blame. Such were the conditions that it would have been easy even for him to make a mistake.

Hamilton quickly built up a commanding lead but Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson's crash outside the Boat House on lap 38 packed everyone together again behind the safety car.

"The car was completely destroyed on the left side", the Spaniard said.

Lewis Hamilton believed he could claim an unlikely Singapore Grand Prix victory as soon as rain started to fall in the build-up to the race.

The Formula 1 Series will wave the green flag on the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday morning.

"I just know that when those conditions happen it's more of a lottery, there's more opportunity, it levels the playing field, and then there's a real race and that's what I was excited to have".

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"That's not really my fault".

Hamilton increased his lead in the drivers' championship over Vettel and may have dealt a significant psychological blow to the German, winning after starting fifth on the grid.

Don't miss the F1 Report: Singapore Review as Mark Gallagher and Kevin Eason join Natalie Pinkham to look back at the frenetic rain-affected night race as well as discussing the fallout to the 2018 engine announcements. "I have been in the situation of losing both cars", Wolff said.

On board the flight, Hamilton insisted he would honour his new-found Vegan diet, and steer clear of the ham and cheese available on board Lauda's private jet.

"You can kind of feel for Ferrari".

"And it is like the years before - you need to stay calm and asses what the reasons could be we are underperforming here".

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