LEWIS Hamilton has won the Singapore Grand Prix after an incredible race from pole left youngster Max Verstappen and championship rival Sebastian Vettel in his tracks.
A breezy decision from Ferrari to pit in the 15th lap forced Mercedes to rethink their strategy in the searing South East Asian heat, but luck was on the Silver Arrows’ side as Verstappen thwarted Vettel with a sensational undercut coming out of the pits.
The Dutchman joined Hamilton in spraying stragglers Romain Grosjean and Sergey Sirotkin for ignoring a blue flag to let them pass late in the race.
Hamilton labelled the pair “crazy” as Verstappen blew up in a expletive-laden radio cross.
Daniel Ricciardo briefly led the race and claimed the fastest lap with his ultrasofts, but it didn’t last long as Kevin Magnussen pulled a rabbit out of his hat to claim the
fastest rotation around the Marina Bay Circuit.
Hamilton heads to the Russian Grand Prix with a healthy 40-point lead over Vettel in the championship race. To put the German’s incredibly slim odds of claiming the 2018 crown in perspective, he would need to win the remaining six races to pip his rival of a fifth title.