Max Verstappen blames Sebastian Vettel for start crash


He ended up 0.635secs slower than Vettel, with the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo and the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen also ahead of him.

Lewis Hamilton took a firm grip on the 2017 F1 World Championship battle despite starting four spots behind his biggest rival and fifth on the Singapore Grand Prix grid. "I knew we had it in us".

Verstappen blamed Vettel, but none of the drivers will face further action.

The Marina Bay circuit was hit by heavy rain showers on Sunday morning and the threatening clouds loomed ominiously above as darkness descended ahead of the race.

"I capitalised on the incident".

"I gave it everything", said Hamilton, who had won the previous two races in Belgium and Italy.

While Vettel avoided that second impact at Turn 1, his vehicle was damaged and he crashed out moments later from the lead of the race. It doesn't change much. "I don't want to catch any of that stuff", he said. The race is a 192-mile contest that will run 61 laps around the track.

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Through the first two sessions of qualifying, it had looked like a stroll to pole for Max Verstappen but he was unable to find enough time when it mattered most to overhaul Vettel - the Dutchman forced to settle for the second place.

"If you are fighting for the world championship you shouldn't take those risks squeezing someone that much".

It has been a frustrating season for Alonso, who had to retire for the ninth time.

Daniil Kvyat put his Toro Rosso into the Turn 7 wall amid tricky conditions on Lap 11, and Marcus Ericsson crashed his Sauber on the Anderson Bridge on Lap 38.

Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen is fourth on the grid while Hamilton is on the third row beside his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Fortunately the pit lane was only a few metres away from the scene of the accident, allowing for a quick turnaround of the Brazilian's auto, but the work was in vain, with the Williams vehicle too uncompetitive to make it out of Q1.

The safety vehicle came out again, after Marcus Ericsson's Sauber stalled on lap 39.