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Singapore GP news round-up

A look around the web at the latest updates from the Singapore Grand Prix…

Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix to extend lead in F1 title race

The Guardian: In indomitable form, there is now a relentless, intimidating quality to Lewis Hamilton’s driving that seems to simply brook no dissent. His win at the Singapore Grand Prix was the culmination of a weekend when he put together moments of almost transcendent skill and a ruthless execution when it mattered that was untouchable.

Reminiscent of Tiger Woods at his peak, Hamilton’s performance for Mercedes under the lights of Marina Bay looked a class apart from his rivals. So much so that he now has one hand on the title. Full story at: TheGuardian.com

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore Grand Prix: Who said what after

ESPN: Lewis Hamilton (1st): “I’m so excited. I came here knowing that Singapore is a hard one for us. But I’m always optimistic, thinking that if we’re really diligent and do our work, we can create some chances. Then Friday was already a good day for us. Saturday didn’t start off well, but then all of the sudden that special lap came in. Knowing that we would start on pole, I knew that it was a great opportunity for us to capitalise on. I had a great start and from then I was able to manage it. When I hit the traffic, I was just mindful not to take any risks. When you start to get closer to another car, you start losing grip and start sliding around more, so there’s a higher chance of mistakes. If you’re lucky you catch the cars at the right point and they let you by so you don’t lose any time, but today I always caught them at an unfortunate point. So when Max was right behind, I had to go on the defensive, and I thought to myself “Bro, you’re not getting by – not today!” It was physically such a demanding race, so I’m relieved that it’s over now – it felt like such a long night, but I’m super grateful for the result.” Full story at ESPN.com

Fernando Alonso gives honest verdict of Singapore Grand Prix showing

Express.co.uk: Fernando Alonso has criticised his own team, by stating that their impressive performance at the Singapore Grand Prix was nothing more than a one-off.

Alonso finished seventh in the night race, having started further back in 11th place. The impressive drive was his McLaren team’s best finish since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix back in April. The Spaniard has warned that this is not a feat they will match, however. “We lapped Kevin Magnussen today,” Alonso explained.

“At Monza and Spa with many straights they pretty much lapped us, so I think it’s the circuit that’s abnormal and I’m afraid we’ll have difficulties again in the upcoming races.

“We know that every time we come to Singapore we have an opportunity but you have to be there and take it because many times you miss them due to little details, but we usually don’t.” Full story: Express.co.uk

Fernando Alonso, McLaren

F1 news: Two drivers BANNED from racing each other after Singapore GP- ‘It’s unacceptable’

Express.co.uk: Force India have decided to re-introduce team orders on its drivers after Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez clashed at the Singapore Grand Prix. 

Lewis Hamilton stormed to victory in a thrilling Singapore Grand Prix this afternoon to extend his lead to 40 points in the drivers’ standings over Sebastian Vettel. But one of the biggest incidents in the race happened on the opening lap between both Force India drivers.

Both drivers collided on the exit of Turn 3 as Ocon attempted an ambitious overtake from the outside before Perez blocked him off, sending his team-mate into the wall. Ocon was forced to retire immediately while Perez continued to a 16th placed-finish that also saw him make contact with Sergey Sirotkin late on. Full story: Express.co.uk

Force India, Singapore Grand PrixSergio Perez, Sergey Sirotkin accept Singapore GP penalties were fair

Crash.net: Sergio Perez and Sergey Sirotkin both accepted they deserved penalties for incidents during Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix after both were sanctioned by the Formula 1 race stewards at Marina Bay.

After escaping any punishment for a clash at Turn 3 that left Force India teammate Esteban Ocon in the wall, Perez was hit with a drive-through penalty for a clash with Williams driver Sirotkin on Lap 27.

Perez had spent a number of laps growing frustrated behind Sirotkin, who was yet to pit, and managed to get alongside the Williams in the final sector, only to swipe his car to the left exiting Turn 17, causing the two cars to make contact.

Perez pitted due to damage sustained, but was deemed to have made a “potentially dangerous” move that resulted in a drive-through penalty. He ultimately finished the race one lap down in P16.

“It was very costly. It was hard racing, he was defending his position very hard, moving a lot under braking and locking up a lot under braking,” Perez said. Full story: Crash.net
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