Lewis Hamilton holding on 'for dear life' in Singapore

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The safety vehicle is then immediately enter the track, while the Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who started in fifth position on the grid, took advantage of this accident to take the lead of the race.

And then it all went wrong, the collision with Raikkonen punching a hole in the side of Vettel's vehicle before he spun into the wall at turn three.

The race, the first to be hit by rain in the decade that Singapore has hosted Formula One, had started in treacherous conditions after a formation lap behind the safety auto.

"I think we would even be leading now because Hamilton was behind me in Turn 1, so if Hamilton is leading now it means we would be leading". The collision left Vettel's auto with a hole punched in the side and he spun into the wall at turn three.

Red Bull's Australian Daniel Ricciardo was in second place as the safety vehicle was deployed.

Remarkably, that gave main title rival Lewis Hamilton - whose prospects of a strong race looked bleak in the dry when he qualified fifth - the lead of the race as the Safety Car came out while the damaged cars were removed from the circuit. For sure it is bitter, but it is done.

Vettel takes Singapore pole, Ricciardo 3rd
Jolyon Palmer finished sixth for his first points of the season, on the weekend it was announced he will be replaced by Sainz Jr. next season.

The incident, in which Fernando Alonso was collateral damage after a brilliant start, brought out the Safety Car. "So far I don't feel like I'm missing out", said the Briton, who has won six of 13 races this season and claimed a record 69th pole position.

Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton says he is trying to go vegan out of concern for the planet, love of animals and his own health. "I don't want to catch any of that stuff", he said.

"I'm a little bit disappointed to miss out on the win". I don't know how easy that's going to be when I get home.

Carlos Sainz scored his best-ever result with fourth for Toro Rosso; Jolyon Palmer did the same as he finished sixth for Renault; and likewise Stoffel Vandoorne with seventh for McLaren.

French rookie Esteban Ocon scored the final point for Force India in tenth.