Hamilton bound for fifth F1 title after Singapore win

Mercedes' driver Lewis Hamilton holds up the trophy on the podium after winning the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore

Meanwhile, Hamilton kept producing consistent laps with a clear track ahead of him and by lap 32, increased his lead over Verstappen to five seconds with Vettel another three seconds behind in third.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates with his team after winning the Singapore Grand Prix to extend his championship lead.

"It was a shame to lose a position to Sebastian so early on but there was not a lot I could do as we were both flat out", said Verstappen. That was a tough race. "It was a long race".

"Then I must really take my hat off to the work that was being done in the United Kingdom, in Brackley and in Brixworth to prepare the vehicle and the engine for this race because, together with Monaco, it is our weakest race track".

"He was screwing around the whole time, so I'm glad he got a penalty", Verstappen told Ziggo Sport. What a day. What a weekend. "I feel super blessed!" But Hamilton's masterclass in qualifying was exceptional as he recorded one of the best pole positions of his career - described as epic within his Mercedes team.

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"I think I was a little bit unlucky with the traffic", he said. "These guys were moving around". On the different tire and I wasn't very convinced that we could make it to the end.

"But it was definitely close and my heart was in my mouth for a minute". Only joking. Hard to pick one on the basis of a race dominated by tyre management, but Hamilton gets it for his superlative performance in qualifying, which put him into the position to control the raceWhat happens next?

Ferrari had been favourites for victory in Singapore, but they failed to convert that potential for the second successive year at Marina Bay, which was something of a surprise for Hamilton.

"The only thing I can say is it was a great qualifying", he added, "I think the best I have ever done and also the auto was working really well". "I'm not really quite sure where their pace disappeared too".

The German said he "didn't have a chance" as he finished a distant third at the Marina Bay Street Circuit to fall 40 points behind race victor Lewis Hamilton with just six grands prix of the 21-race season remaining.

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"The approach I have is working really well so don't see a point in changing, just need to keep getting better", he said.

"We were thinking of splitting the strategy between the two cars and running one on the ultras and the other one on the hypers but it was immediately clear that none of the front running teams would have the pace to go through".

"I don't think there was a moment in the lap that was wide or any problems. So I'll be staying the same".

Hamilton had to fend off an attack from Verstappen into Turn Seven as a result, which he just managed to do, and Grosjean was later given a five-second penalty for his misdemeanour.

Time is running out for Vettel, who realistically has to win in Russian Federation in two weeks' time if he is to get back into title contention.

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Trudeau, for his part, added that: "we're just going to stay working constructively to get to that win-win-win that we know is there".

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