Lewis Hamilton capitalised on incredible first-lap drama to win the Singapore Grand Prix and extend his Formula One world championship lead to 28 points on 17 September 2017. The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen sandwiched Red Bull’s Max Verstappen as all three collided in the rain before Turn One, with the latter two coming together again at that juncture.
Fernando Alonso was also caught up in the chaos and the Spaniard was later forced into yet another retirement in a race shortened from 61 laps to 59 the McLaren man one of eight drivers who failed to finish. But it was Vettel’s withdrawal that handed Mercedes driver Hamilton the initiative as the Briton, who started fifth on the grid, led after the safety car went back in.
The three-time world champion refused to wilt under pressure from Daniel Ricciardo to claim a third race win in a row, with the Australian and Valtteri Bottas completing the podium. It was a remarkable start at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, where Vettel had been expected to convert his pole position into maximum points and climb to the summit of the standings again. The first contact was between Raikkonen and Verstappen, with Vettel also falling victim to that incident as Ferrari’s hopes of a one-two were destroyed within seconds of lights out.