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Motor racing-Team by team analysis of the Singapore Grand Prix
September 17, 2017 / 6:03 PM / 3 months ago

Motor racing-Team by team analysis of the Singapore Grand Prix

Sept 17 (Reuters) - Team by team analysis of Sunday’s Singapore Formula One Grand Prix (listed in championship order):

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MERCEDES (Lewis Hamilton 1, Valtteri Bottas 3)

Hamilton’s seventh win of the season, third in a row and 60th of his career. Also his third in Singapore. The Briton set the fastest lap and is now 28 points clear of Vettel. Bottas, whose water bottle failed to work in a gruelling race, took his 10th podium of the year. Mercedes have won nine of 14 races so far in 2016 and have a 102-point lead over Ferrari.

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FERRARI (Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen retired)

The Ferrari drivers collided with Red Bull’s Verstappen on the run to the first corner. The retirement ended a run of 18 races in the points for Vettel, who had started on pole position and was set to retake the overall championship lead.

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RED BULL (Daniel Ricciardo 2, Max Verstappen retired)

Ricciardo, starting third, finished runner-up in Singapore for the third year in a row and on the podium for the fourth successive season. The Australian had to manage the gears carefully due to an oil pressure problem detected early on. Verstappen’s last race as a teenager ended within seconds of the start, his seventh retirement in 14 races.

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FORCE INDIA (Sergio Perez 5, Esteban Ocon 10)

Perez, his contract now extended into 2018, continued his record of always scoring points in Singapore. He lost position with an early switch from full wet tyres to intermediates. Ocon was celebrating his 21st birthday and wanted much more than just one point. Force India moved further away from Williams.

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WILLIAMS (Lance Stroll 8, Felipe Massa 11)

Williams are in danger of falling into the clutches of Toro Rosso, now only seven points behind. Stroll banked important points for the fifth race this season.

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TORO ROSSO (Carlos Sainz 4, Daniil Kvyat retired)

Sainz, who is joining Renault for 2018, took his best result to date in Formula One. The Spaniard has now scored 48 of the team’s 52 points. Kvyat locked up and crashed into the barriers on lap 11, bringing out the safety car. He blamed himself.

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RENAULT (Jolyon Palmer 6, Nico Hulkenberg retired)

Renault move up to seventh thanks to Palmer’s first points of the season, two days after the team announced Sainz was taking his place next year. Speculation continues to swirl that he could be out before the end of the season, although he was adamant that was not the case. Hulkenberg ran as high as third but ended by retiring with an oil leak and the record for most starts without ever standing on the podium (129).

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HAAS (Romain Grosjean 9, Kevin Magnussen retired)

Magnussen went from 16th to 10th at the start but retired 10 minutes from the end with an electrical issue. Grosjean has scored 26 of the team’s 37 points but Haas drop from seventh to eighth.

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MCLAREN (Stoffel Vandoorne 7, Fernando Alonso retired)

Vandoorne’s best result of his career to date. He might have been top six but for a slow pitstop on lap 27. Alonso made a great start, up to third place, but was then collected by colliding cars involved in the first-corner mayhem and had to retire due to the damage.

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SAUBER (Pascal Wehrlein 12, Marcus Ericsson retired)

Ericsson spun on lap 36, bringing out the safety car with his Sauber stranded on track. Wehrlein’s change to intermediate tyres came too late. He was the last of those still running. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Clare Fallon)

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