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Hamilton extends championship lead after Singapore win

Lewis Hamulton (centre) claimed the Singapore Grand Prix to move 40 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel (right) who finished the race in third. Max Verstappen (left) was second.
Lewis Hamulton (centre) claimed the Singapore Grand Prix to move 40 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel (right) who finished the race in third. Max Verstappen (left) was second. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday to increase his lead in the Formula 1 drivers’ championship to 40 points with six races remaining. Hamilton’s Mercedes led from pole to the chequered flag. Max Verstappen in a Red Bull was second and Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari finished third.

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"Great job everyone, what a weekend," said Hamilton on the team radio immediately after winning at the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the second consecutive year. "Keep pushing. We've got this guys," he added.

Challenges such as the track configuration as well as the heat and humidity of Singapore's tropical climate make the Grand Prix the toughest physical test of the season.

The 5.063 kilometre circuit sports 23 bends and needs around 80 gear changes on each of the 61 laps. "I'm spent. It felt like the longest race of my life so I'm glad it's over,” said Hamilton.

Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes came fourth while Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari finished fifth.

The next Grand Prix of the season takes place in Russia on 30 September. That is followed by races in Japan, the United States, Mexico and Brazil. The 2018 campaign culminates on 25 November in Abu Dhabi.

 

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