Max Verstappen blames Sebastian Vettel for unnecessarily risky start crash

Max Verstappen blames Sebastian Vettel for unnecessarily risky start crash

Ericsson, meanwhile, was switched to inters, but his subsequent move to softs - for just four laps - when all but Sainz opted to take on ultrasofts, left many a pundit baffled.

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Through drying conditions and three safety car periods, Hamilton held off Daniel Ricciardo in second place and crossed the line with a 4.5s lead over the Red Bull at the finish.

"Coming out of Turn 3 I was just excited to race Sebastian, I was like 'it's on, I'm ready for it' and then obviously he had a problem with the car or whatever it was and lost control". Palmer's strong display in the tricky conditions, which included a pass on Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, came only days after he was informed that he is being dropped by Renault for next year.

"I'm loving driving more than ever".

"It's very much an opportunity to really make a difference with your driving, and I was really able to".

Red Bull Racing had led every practice session as well as Q1 and Q2, but Vettel improved by more than a second between Q2 and Q3 to claim pole by 0.323 seconds.

For Vettel, a four-time winner in Singapore, it was a miserable night and contrasted with his joy after qualifying, when he pulled out a mesmerising lap to grab pole.

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The spike was partly boosted by the possibility that this could be the last Singapore race.

Told of Ferrari's summary, an incredulous Christian Horner, Red Bull's team boss, responded: "How on earth you can work that out [Verstappen to blame] from watching that, I have no idea".

However, the Ferrari driver Vettel is known as one of the most consistent drivers in the South-East Asian track.

"That's not an excuse - if you're fighting for the world championship, you shouldn't take those risks to squeeze someone that much".

"If he (Vettel) would not have moved (across) he could have won the race, there's no question about it. They were unlucky really, in a big way", said the Austrian. It is definitely a hard job for a fifth grid driver to become a leader.

Security was noticeably beefed up, especially at the entrance to the Paddock Club. "He's been aggressive with Max and Kimi's done the same thing from the other side and the end result is what you see there", he added. "So not too bothered where other people are".

They had their sights set firmly on victory in Singapore, with the tight twists of the 23-turn street circuit suiting their strengths. The government's share of costs remains at 60 per cent. He did not get thundery showers for the entire two-hour race, but a 30-minute deluge was enough.

Lewis Hamilton lifts the trophy after winning the Singapore GP.