Night race, wet track and a dramatic start was the flavor at the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix that saw Lewis Hamilton winning the seventh race of the 2017 Formula one season. The very first lap of the race saw both the Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen crashing out of the race along with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who started second on the grid. The race was also the first night race in F1 history to be run in wet conditions. Lewis’s victory here extends his championship lead over Vettel from three points before the race to 28 points after. Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo made it to the podium in Singapore for the fourth time in a row by finishing second ahead of Valtteri Bottas. Cars with intermediate tyres had a smooth run as against those who chose wet tyres. Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz finished his best ever fourth.
Force India had a good run in Singapore as both its drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon scored championship points by finishing fifth and sixth respectively. Perez had a tough fight with Renault’s Palmer who finished the race at sixth place. The safety car was deployed thrice in the race that ran two-full hour limit. After a long time, Fernando Alonso had an excellent start for McLaren but was a victim of the Turn-1 carnage, resulting in car damage that forced him to retire a few laps later. Other retirements due to technical reasons were Nico Hulkenberg, who had at one point looked set for fourth for Renault, and Haas’s Kevin Magnussen.
Singapore GP saw a crowd of over 2.60 lakh people attending the race, that as per the organizers is higher than the average overall attendance in its ten-year long history and an increase by 19% over 2016 Singapore Grand Prix. The country will also continue to host the only night F1 race at least for next four years as it renewed the contract with FIA and Formula 1.
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