Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

'It felt like the longest race of my life' - Singapore victor Hamilton

'It felt like the longest race of my life' - Singapore victor Hamilton

In the sweltering heat of the Singapore Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton turned up the heat on Sebastian Vettel a notch further.

Lewis Hamilton made it look simple on the night, but victory in the 2018 Singapore Grand Prix had come with a few scares along the way for the Mercedes driver. He was watchful, waiting for his opportunity, and struck beautifully to get past Pierre Gasly's Toro Rosso.

"It's hard to overtake here so I didn't want to take the risk".

Earlier, Hamilton scraped through a first qualifying session topped by Ricciardo in just 14th place, as Mercedes gambled on using the slower ultrasoft tyres.

Vettel could not get near Hamilton's blistering qualifying best despite having the faster vehicle in practice.

Hamilton's 69th overall victory was his seventh of the season and it was built on the foundations of a stunning qualifying lap on Saturday, when he stormed to pole in a vehicle deemed inferior to the Ferraris and Red Bulls on this circuit.

"Then I must really take my hat off to the work that was being done in the United Kingdom, in Brackley and in Brixworth to prepare the vehicle and the engine for this race because, together with Monaco, it is our weakest race track".

"Overall, we were not fast enough". I think Max was a little bit luckier getting by some of the guys in terms of what point on the track and the guys weren't letting me by.

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"I had a different race to the other guys and I wasn't convinced we could make it to the end, but pitting was no option because you lose too much time so you just focus on making it home".

"That's what I mean when I said we didn't get everything out of ourselves". There was a couple of good scraps out there but we didn't have the pace for points today.

We asked Ted Kravitz to check the heat of the F1 tyres after the stress of the Singapore GP circuit at Marina Bay. At the end of Lap 4, when the safety auto withdrew, the race restarted unceremoniously, no frontrunner making any moves on another.

Hamilton's victory, with Vettel third behind Verstappen, extended the Briton's advantage over the German in the championship to 40 points with six races and a maximum of 150 points remaining.

Ferrari sent out its post-race press release entitled "boredom the victor in Singapore", the team focused on the lack of action in the race as the top six drivers all finished in the positions they started in.

Verstappen says that it was a shame he lost a place at the start, but praises the team for selecting a great strategy that helped him push back up to second place.

"We tried to be aggressive in the beginning and obviously it didn't work out, " Vettel said. "I'm mostly thinking about today's race, and I think with the way we raced we didn't have a chance". I know when I'm at my best, I truly believe - Serena [Williams], Muhammad Ali would have said it, any top athlete - when I'm at my fittest and my clearest mentally, no one can beat me. Despite the night-time start, the temperature was around 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) and the humidity intense.

"Wow, wow", said Hamilton. Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso, who won the inaugural race here 10 years ago, was seventh for McLaren.

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