Lewis Hamilton leads the drivers’ championship for only the second time this season after winning the Singapore Grand Prix.
Hamilton’s path to victory was cleared of a significant obstacle when team mate Nico Rosberg was struck by a gearbox problem before the race began. He eventually started from the pit lane, but retired during his first pit stop.
But Hamilton had work to do late in the race when his final pit stop dropped him behind the chasing Sebastian Vettel. Following a mid-race Safety Car period the Red Bull driver ran to the chequered without a further pit stop, and crossed the chequered flag with Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso less than two seconds behind.
Felipe Massa took fifth but team mate Valtteri Bottas dropped out of the points when his tyres gave up on the final lap. That allowed Jean-Eric Vergne into sixth place – a position he kept despite being given a five-second penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.
Also promoted by the demise of Bottas was Sergio Perez, who triggered the Safety Car period by losing his front wing in a collision with Adrian Sutil. Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen followed Perez home in the points.
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