Another race down, just five left to go and the title fight is now down to just three points, any mistake from either Mercedes driver could easily lose him the title.
The race started badly for both Kamui Kobayashi, who failed to even start the race, and Nico Rosberg, who had to start from the pit lane. The bad luck didn’t end there for Rosberg, issues continued throughout the start of the race and once he pitted for fresh tyres he couldn’t get going again, forcing a retirement.
Lewis Hamilton won the race, his seventh win of the season and 29th overall, with Sebastian Vettel second and Daniel Ricciardo third, only the second Red Bull double podium all season. The fastest lap went to Hamilton too, over a full second quicker than any other driver, making it the fifth time that he has started on pole, set the fastest lap and won the race.
Sergio Perez gained the most places at the Singapore GP, starting from 15th and finishing seventh, gaining eight places over the 60 lap race. Valtteri Bottas finished 11th, only the first time this season he has finished a race outside of the points.
A few changes this week, Hamilton leads the title race for the first time since the Spanish GP, Alonso and Vettel have both moved up one position, pushing Bottas down two and Perez has moved up another position, dropping Raikkonen down. In the Constructors’ Championship Force India have once again moved to fifth ahead of McLaren.
So close at the top again, just three points, exactly the same as it was after the Spanish GP when Hamilton was last leading. Fourth to sixth is still very closely packed, Button and Hulkenberg are both on the exact same amount of points, as are Perez and Raikkonen.