VETTEL WINS IN SINGAPORE
After a year without a win Sebastian Vettel is victorious in Singapore at the Marina Bay Circuit - this is Ferrari's first consecutive set of victories in 11 years. Ferrari teammate Leclerc who started on pole ended in second place and Verstappen managed a third place in front of the two Mercedes.
The form Ferrari were said to have had at the beginning of the season seems only now to be showing itself - many thought the fight to Mercedes would begin in Bahrain when Leclerc looked set for his first win in F1 when his Ferrari came to halt.
Is it too late for Ferrari or can they still mount the challenge to Mercedes?
Singapore is often a race filled with moments that include the safety car and this year was no different with two safety car periods towards the latter part of the race. This of course helped the Ferrari's to maintain the pace up front - this along with a good strategy meant it would be almost impossible for Ferrari not to win the race.
In some cases this was the first time some drivers had experienced the test that is the Marina Bay Street Circuit including Norris who managed a respectable seventh in the McLaren and Albon who managed a sixth place finish in the Red Bull.
During the race we saw contact between Russell and Grosjean which put Russell out of the race then later on we saw contact between Raikkonen and Kvyat into the last corner taking Kimi out of the race in his Alfa Romeo.
The fastest lap eventually went to 17th placed Magnussen - who as he was outside the top ten doesn't get the point.
The Championship after Singapore is;
1. Lewis Hamilton - 296 (+12)
2. Valtteri Bottas - 231 (+10)
3. Charles Leclerc - 200 (+18)
4. Max Verstappen - 200 (+15)
5. Sebastian Vettel - 194 (+25)
The next race is the Russian Grand Prix.