Formula One: Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix, extends drivers' championship lead

Formula One: Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix, extends drivers' championship lead
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race alongside third placed Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.
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SINGAPORE - Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday (Sept 16) night, after starting the race in pole position.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen was second, while Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third in the 11th edition of the night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Ferrari pilot Vettel, who started the race in third place, overtook second-placed Verstappen in the opening lap, just before the safety car emerged on track, following the collision of Force India duo Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez.

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    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race alongside second placed Red Bull's Max Verstappen and third placed Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel

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    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates with his team after winning the race

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    Singapore Airlines' iconic sarong kebaya-clad staff at the 2018 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix on Sept 16, 2018.

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    Singapore Airlines' iconic sarong kebaya-clad staff at the 2018 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix on Sept 16, 2018.

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    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton waves from a vintage car during the drivers' parade ahead of the 2018 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix on Sept 16, 2018.

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    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in action during the 2018 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix on Sept 16, 2018.

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    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton leads at the start of the race during the 2018 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix on Sept 16, 2018.

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    Track marshals removing the car that was driven by Force India's Esteban Ocon after an accident during the 2018 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix on Sept 16, 2018.

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    Force India's Esteban Ocon exits the race after an accident during the 2018 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix on Sept 16, 2018.

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    Spectators at the 2018 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix on Sept 16, 2018.

But the German - who was the first to pit at lap 15 - had to relinquish second place after Verstappen exited the pit-lane after his stop just inches in front of four-time world champion.

Verstappen almost overtook Hamilton midway through the race, when the race leader was held up in traffic. But the Briton was clued in to the danger and swerved to his left to cut the 20-year-old Dutchman off.

Hamilton, Verstappen and Vettel held their positions comfortably for the rest of the race, while Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen were fourth and fifth respectively.

With the victory - his fourth in Singapore after triumphs in 2009, 2014 and 2017 - Hamilton has 281 points in the drivers' championship race and stretched his lead over second-placed Vettel to 40 points, with six races left in the 2018 season.

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