Vettel takes Singapore pole, Ricciardo 3rd

Vettel takes Singapore pole, Ricciardo 3rd

Cape Town - Lewis Hamilton has extended his World Championship lead to 28 points after taking full advantage of a chaotic start in wet conditions which left Sebastian Vettel's own title bid in pieces.

Vettel was involved in a dramatic first corner incident with Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull's Max Verstappen, which saw the trio all retire from the race on the opening lap.

Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel, three points adrift after Hamilton won the previous two races, seized pole position with a blistering late lap under the floodlights at the Marina Bay circuit.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo prevented a Mercedes 1-2 by finishing ahead of Valtteri Bottas, who placed third.

"I don't know, I didn't see that much", Vettel told TV crews when asked to describe the accident.

"I am going to have to figure out how to pull a miracle out of somewhere".

Verstappen blamed Vettel, but none of the drivers will face further action. Lewis is leading the race and the three of us are out.

"I think there was damage on the vehicle already", he said of his second incident.

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"I want to congratulate my team, they did a fantastic job", said Hamilton.

With three safety vehicle interruptions, the race ended with 58 of the 61 laps completed after hitting the two-hour mark.

"At the end of the day, to be second here, on this track, I think it is very promising", said 19-year-old Verstappen, who could have been the youngest driver in the history of the sport to start on pole.

It was remarkable that his vehicle was even in a fit state to continue, but the damage meant he was effectively racing blind.

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

Alonso, meanwhile, bravely continued but retired on lap 9.

Force India's Sergio Perez complained of poor grip on his final run, which left him P12 and ahead of Daniil Kvyat's Toro Rosso in P13.

The remaining cars had to pass through the through the pit lane behind the safety auto as the marshals cleared the debris at turn one.