SINGAPORE (dpa) – Lewis Hamilton claimed victory in the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday to move top of the Formula One drivers’ championship standings as Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg failed to point after retiring with technical problems.
The Briton drove a flawless race to finish clear of Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo for his second Singapore GP win following victory in 2009. Fernando Alonso in a Ferrari came home in fourth place ahead of Felipe Massa in a Williams.
Hamilton moves on to 241 points in the overall standings thanks to his seventh win of the season, three clear of Rosberg with five races remaining. Ricciardo lies a distant third on 181 points, followed by Alonso on 133.
“I was looking for that clean weekend and this was it,” said Hamilton. “There are things that we can still work on.”
While Hamilton stormed off from pole, Rosberg was forced to start from the pit lane after having to replace his steering wheel in an attempt to fix an electronic control systems failure.
It was immediately clear that the technical issues had not been resolved as Rosberg struggled at the back of the pack, losing over 50 seconds to the leaders within the first 10 laps.
Up front, Vettel pitted for the first time on lap 13 from second place followed in quick succession by Alonso and Ricciardo.