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Hamilton joins Vettel as a four-time winner in Singapore.

Lewis Hamilton takes dominant victory at the Singapore Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton converted his perfect pole from qualifying into the perfect win on Sunday as he led from lights-to-flag at the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver survived a brief scare against some traffic mid-race but, apart from that, comfortably had the pace to keep his rivals at bay crossing the line nine seconds clear of Max Verstappen.

For Sebastian Vettel, he appeared to have the hard work done when he produced a bold move on the Red Bull into Turn 7 on the opening lap to move up to second.

That came just moments before a Safety Car was called for an incident involving the two Force India's, as Sergio Perez punted Esteban Ocon into the wall on the exit of Turn 3.

However, Ferrari's strategy would let him down as an attempted undercut on Hamilton left him stuck behind Perez for a lap and allowed the Dutchman to go three laps longer after a steady first stint protecting tyres and emerge ahead to retake second.

The top three ran pretty equidistant for much of the race as again protecting tyres proved crucial to making a one-stop strategy work.

Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo completed the top six, with the Australian stopping the last of the lead drivers on lap 38 and looking to attack in the second half of the race.

After his early dramas, Perez would be involved in another incident as Force India's decision to be among the early two-stoppers left him stuck behind Sergey Sirotkin's Williams in 16th.

Despite having much more pace, the Mexican couldn't find a way through as he complained about the Russian going slowly through apexes and then bolting out of corners.

Eventually, the frustration became too as the Force India driver had a second collision of the race hitting Sirotkin as they battled in front of the grandstand section, earning himself a drive-through penalty.

The Williams then almost played another crucial factor as with Romain Grosjean now on his tail, Hamilton tried to lap them but couldn't find a clean way past allowing Verstappen to almost squeeze past the Mercedes.

Vettel and Bottas also close right up on the leaders in third and fourth but once clear, Lewis had more than enough pace to pull out a comfortable margin and claim victory.

After being the first of the leaders to stop, switching to the Ultrasoft while the Mercedes' and Verstappen opted for the more durable Soft, Vettel was unable to do anything about the Red Bull driver ahead, finishing almost 40 seconds behind in third by the end.

A big battle in the closing laps was between Bottas, Raikkonen and Ricciardo, with the lead Finn stuck behind Nico Hulkenberg's Renault and unable to get close enough to activate blue flags.

Ultimately, the difference in pace was never enough to allow Kimi the chance to attack as the three drivers finished in that order from P4 to P6 and covered by just two seconds over the line.

In the midfield, a longer strategy proved decisive as Fernando Alonso gave McLaren their best result since Australia in seventh, holding off the man who'll replace him next season, Carlos Sainz in eighth.

Alonso finished as top midfield driver for the first time Australia

Charles Leclerc scored his first points since Austria in ninth with Hulkenberg completing the top 10 in the second Renault.

Though Marina Bay is known as an attritional race, Ocon would be the only retirement as Sirotkin's evening as a roadblock saw him the last of the 19 finishers.

Full results from the Singapore Grand Prix can be seen below:

Back at the front and a second consecutive win at the night race sees Lewis Hamilton now match Sebastian Vettel as a four-time winner in the city-state.

Hamilton is edging closer to a fifth world title

With the last of the real bogey circuits for Mercedes out of the way, his now 40-point lead in the Drivers' Championship also means that the Briton has one hand on the world championship trophy with six races still to go.

The first of those is the Russian Grand Prix around Sochi's Olympic Park in two weeks time.

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Topics:
Sergey Sirotkin
Renault
Valtteri Bottas
Esteban Ocon
Sebastian Vettel
Max Verstappen
Daniel Ricciardo
Sergio Perez
Romain Grosjean
Kimi Raikkonen
Fernando Alonso
Lewis Hamilton
Force India
Ferrari
Mercedes
Red Bull
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