WATCH | Formula 1 | Singapore GP: Christmas comes early for Lewis Hamilton as Ferraris crash at starting grid
Sebastian Vettel’s hopes of vaulting back into the overall lead of the Formula One world championship were wrecked by a first corner collision on the opening lap of the rain-drenched Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.
The German had started from pole position but retired seconds later with a badly damaged car in an incident that also claimed Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
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Championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who led Vettel by three points before the start, jumped into the lead from fifth place on the grid. Vettel had made a good start before Raikkonen’s Ferrari made contact with the squeezed Red Bull and speared into the side of the other Ferrari.
Vettel continued with a damaged car but then spun into the wall after turn three in an impact that removed the front wing and nose.
“I think there was damage on the car already and then it didn’t matter, to be honest,” the German told Britain’s Channel 4 television. “The cooler was damaged, massively bent, so we lost water pressure and had to stop anyway. Nothing we can do now. For sure, it’s bitter but it’s done,” added the four times Singapore GP …read more