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Vettel beats Ricciardo in drama-filled Singapore race

by vlad on Воскресенье, Сентябрь 20th, 2015

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has taken his third victory of the season — and his fourth in Singapore — after controlling an incident-packed race at Marina Bay on Sunday. In a Grand Prix punctuated by two safety-car periods, Vettel beat Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo by 1.4s, with Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen taking third. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton retired for the first time in 2015 after technical problems on his Mercedes.

As Ferrari secured their first double podium since 2013, Nico Rosberg finished fourth in the second Mercedes to cut Hamilton’s championship lead to 41 points, ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat. Sergio Perez was seventh for Force India, followed by the Toro Rossos of Max Verstappen, with Sauber’s Felipe Nasr completing the points finishers.

Vettel had streaked from pole into an early lead at the start, heading Ricciardo by a full three seconds after just one lap. His advantage was neutralised on lap 14 when Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg ran into the Williams of Felipe Massa as it exited the pit lane, bringing out the virtual — and then actual — safety car. Hulkenberg, who was pitched into the wall and retired on the spot, was deemed responsible for the incident, and given a three-place grid penalty for next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Things looked tighter after racing resumed on lap 19, but attention soon turned to Hamilton, who started losing power — and places — on lap 27. He fought the gremlins for several tours, before finally conceding defeat and pitting his F1 W06 Hybrid on lap 34.

Just three laps later the safety car was back on track, this time thanks to an errant fan on the circuit. That allowed everyone to make their second stops, negating most strategy variations and setting up a fight to the finish when racing resumed on lap 41. It was a fight Vettel never looked like losing and he took the chequered flag with the scheduled 61 laps completed just under the two-hour time limit.

Along with Hamilton and Hulkenberg, the other retirements were the McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, Massa, who never really recovered from his clash with Hulkenberg, and Lotus’s Romain Grosjean.

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