x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

German Red Bull driver dominates in Singapore to stretch lead in championship.

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel. Reuters
Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel. Reuters

Sebastian Vettel continued his march towards a fourth Formula One drivers’ world championship after dominating the Singapore Grand Prix.

The only drama for the German came at the start as he was slow away off the line at the start from pole position, and was briefly headed by Nico Rosberg.

But the Mercedes-GP driver out-braked himself into the first turn and Vettel swooped inside to take a lead he would not lose for the rest of the afternoon.

The Red Bull Racing driver now holds a 60-point lead in the standings, increasing his advantage by seven points as nearest rival Fernando Alonso finished second.

Alonso and third-placed Kimi Raikkonen benefited from a safety car period in the middle of the race after Daniel Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso had crashed out.

They both pitted and made up places when the front-runners came in for their second trip to the pits.

The Mercedes pair of Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were fourth and fifth, with the Ferrari of Felipe Massa completing the top six.