LIVE 2018 Singapore Grand Prix – FORMULA 1 2018 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
Race Weekend: Formula 1 2018 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix
It’s here – the night race, the Singapore Grand Prix. Drivers are now out on the track parade and getting ready for the race ahead, drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated as this is one of the most challenging tracks of the year.
Did you know drivers lose up to 3 kilos of water during the race?
Sebastian Vettel: “It’s getting darker and darker, people are already on the Grandstands, this is one of the best races of the year so I’m really looking forward to it. I don’t know what I need to do – it all depends on the start and the first few laps along with tyre management. We have a good car and this is a long race so let’s see what happens. I think we have the pace to do well and hopefully we can find ourselves at the front at some point.”
Charles Leclerc: “It’s weird but I don’t feel the pressure. I think a lot of people think that I feel the pressure but I don’t feel it at all. I just want to do the best job possible as this is a dream come true. In terms of team-mates, I think we are allowed to race each other – without crashing but we can definitely race each other.”
PIT LANE OPEN – SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
The pit lane is now open and drivers are making their way out of the garages. Some drivers are stopping at the end of the pit-lane whilst others are going straight onto the track and making their way round to the grid.
The atmosphere is building and the grandstands are full. Weather is warm and humid and drivers are making sure they’re staying hydrated.
Cars are now all on the grid – some drivers are back in the garages to stay cool before they make their way back onto the grid for the national anthem!
NATIONAL ANTHEM – Singapore Grand Prix
Drivers are now getting in their cars and getting ready for the race ahead – this is going to be a good one and we’re all looking forward to this.
LIVE RACE UPDATES – 2018 Singapore Grand Prix
Drivers are now making their way round the track for the formation lap – getting their cars ready for the start of the race, this is going to be a good one!
A good start for Lewis Hamilton who stays in the lead – Verstappen and Vettel coming close but not touching.
Esteban Ocon goes into the wall after being hit by Perez!
Vettel manages to make his way past Verstappen just before the Safety Car signal which has now appeared.
Perez: “Sorry guys – I had no contact and didn’t see him.”
Vettel is behind Lewis Hamilton – the safety car is still out.
The Safety Car is still in this lap – there’s something on Sergey Sirotkin’s car, on the front wing, he might need to be called into the pits to remove the item.
Drivers are maintaining their cars behind the safety car which is still in this lap.
Ocon: “It’s clear what has happened so we will just have to see after.”
Safety Car in the Singapore Grand Prix is now ending.
Lewis Hamilton maintains the lead – widening the gap as much as he can to Sebastian Vettel who’s behind in P2.
Hamilton now sets the fastest lap time – no DRS for the drivers yet but Verstappen has started to close the gap to Vettel and is right behind. The Red Bull’s are looking strong.
Sebastian Vettel now sets the fastest lap time – he’s out of DRS range though as is Verstappen and as is Valtteri Bottas.
It’s a long race though so things will change.
Lewis Hamilton now sets the fastest lap time – the front two are pushing each other.
Verstappen: “The car is really good.”
Team to Verstappen: “Understood – it’s a long race, you know the plan.”
Team to Vettel: “Hamilton has said that he doesn’t feel good on these tyres.”
Vettel: “I don’t believe it!”
Lewis Hamilton now sets the fastest lap time.
There’s specs of rain! On the radar we are seeing rain around the circuit…
Lewis Hamilton now sets a new track record.
He’s pushing the car and it looks like he’s trying to build a gap to Vettel in order to come into the pits sooner rather than later.
Sebastian Vettel comes into the pits – Lewis Hamilton stays out.
Hamilton sets another track record.
Team to Vettel: “Give all you have”
Team to Hamilton: “Box, box!”
Lewis Hamilton comes back out onto the track – he’s in front of Perez and Vettel.
Sebastian Vettel now makes his way past Perez.
Valtteri Bottas comes into the pits following Ferrari who looked like they were bringing Raikkonen in – they didn’t.
Verstappen is now leading the race – he hasn’t come into the pits yet.
Max Verstappen now comes into the pits. Raikkonen now leads the race.
Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel come close together but don’t touch! Verstappen is in front of Vettel!!!
Team to Versteppen: “OK, now calm down – it’s a long race.”
Sebastian Vettel has slowed down – it looks like there’s an issue.
Vettel: “I don’t think these tyres are going to make it.”
Raikkonen now comes into the pits after leading the race and running the tyres as long as he could.
Hamilton questioning the team whether they came in too early. The team in turn telling Hamilton that it’s likely Vettel will need to stop again.
Ricciardo is now in the lead – he hasn’t come into the it’s either.
There’s more rain around the circuit – no need for a change of tyres yet but there is more rain.
Team to Ricciardo: “We are seeing some specs of rain around the track – we expect it will only be drizzle.”
Perez tries to make his way past Sirotkin but there’s contact – Perez hits Sirotkin.
Team to Hamilton: “Things are looking good at the moment.”
As things are, the top 6 drivers are in positions as they started.
Hamilton talking to the team over radio about his tyres.
Team to Hamilton: “From detection, the tyres are on the cold side but it means that there’s not a lot of wear.”
Perez is at the back of the grid for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton now making his way through the back markers.
It’s tough for Hamilton and Verstappen as they’re looking out for drivers who in their own battles which is in effect ruining their races too.
Verstappen also stuck behind back markers.
Hamilton: “What are these guys doing – they’re crazy.”
Verstappen: “What the **** are these guys doing?”
Team to Versteppen: “They’re racing.”
Drive Through PENALTY – Sergio Perez for causing a collision.
Grosjean has a 5+ second penalty for ignoring the blue flags / lights when drivers were trying to make their way through the backmarkers.
Ricciardo now setting a new lap record – he’s started putting the pressure on Raikkonen.
We haven’t mentioned Alonso in this race – he’s currently up in P7
Wow, Fernando Alonso sets a new lap record.
Riccardo has now started closing the gap to Raikkonen – setting a fastest lap time.
Team to Raikkonen: “Look out for Ricciardo”
With 10 laps to go – we could have a battle on our hands as Ricciardo has now started to close the gap to Raikkonen but it may not be enough!
Kevin Magnussen now setting a new lap record – he’s gone onto fresh tyres.
Bottas – Raikkonen – Ricciardo this is the little train we’re looking at right now as it’s close between all three drivers but there’s not enough to allow overtaking.
Bottas asking about the back markers and the blue flag signal not going on to allow Bottas to make his way past with no issues.
There needs to be a 1.2 second gap for the flag to be shown to the back markers.
It’s still Bottas, Raikkonen and Ricciardo at the moment but it’s closer between them.
Drivers are now making their way round the circuit and getting ready for the final lap – the Bottas, Raikkonen and Ricciardo train has stayed the same and they’re still behind Hulkenberg too.
FINAL LAP for the Singapore Grand Prix
Drivers are now making their way round the circuit and as things stand, we’ll be ending the race with Hamilton, Verstappen and Vettel in the same places as they started the race. The top 6 drivers are ending the race how they started.
LEWIS HAMILTON WINS THE 2018 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
Brief Driver Interviews
Lewis Hamilton: “I had such great support here – I had a great start and the team did such a good job – always supporting me and Valtteri.”
“This felt like the longest race of my life. What a day, what a weekend – super blessed. I felt lucky with the traffic as they were moving around and then at one point, the guys weren’t letting me by so my heart was in my mouth.”
“A big thank you to the team for all their support and belief in me and Valtteri.”
Max Verstappen: “The team had a great strategy so we managed to get back to second place and we tried to close the gap but in the end, we took second as this is where we thought we would be good. We tried to handle the car with the issues but very happy with second.”
Sebastian Vettel: “Overall, we were not fast enough – we didn’t have the pace in the race and we tried to be aggressive in the beginning but that didn’t work out. I wasn’t convinced with the tyres but pitting wasn’t an option so we tried to make do with what we had. Obviously, I’m mostly thinking about today’s race and the way we raced – we didn’t really have a chance.”
“This weekend I said the only ones we can beat is ourselves and we didn’t have the pace today.”
There’s lots more on the way including the press conference, driver interviews / team reaction and plenty of photos so make sure you check back for all the latest!