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F1: LH44 owns the Singapore streets

Sep 172018

Life’s a beach. Or at least it will be for Lewis Hamilton after his victory at the Singapore Grand Prix. The four-time World Champion will kick back on the sand in Thailand for a few days after owning the floodlit streets around the Marina Bay Circuit.

The dominant win – his seventh of the season - allowed him to open up a 40-point advantage over Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' championship. On Saturday Lewis stormed to a sensational pole position for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team - his fourth in Singapore and seventh of the 2018 Formula One season.

Lewis then converted that front row grid slot to the win on Sunday with a strategic game of tyre-management, and knowing when he needed to push to cross the line, some 40 seconds ahead of Vettel's Ferrari, while Max Verstappen was in second place.

Lewis had arrived in Singapore following a whirlwind world tour, which had taken him from Milan to London, to Shanghai and back to London for private commitments. Then to New York and finally to Singapore. Unsurprisingly, Lewis said he was feeling ‘pretty shattered’ after the grueling race; one of the longest and physically demanding on the calendar.

Lewis said: "The approach I have is working really well so I don't see the point in changing you just need to keep getting better and better. As you go through the year you learn more about the car, you get more and more comfortable each race, so that's the goal. With the crazy week that I've had, the last two weeks have just been intense, so looking forward to a couple of days off. Of course it feels great but I've been here a long, long time so I know I can't get ahead of myself.

 

"We have to continue to remain humble and just keep working as hard as we can. Right now I feel like job done, I'm pretty happy with it. It was a hard race but we need to keep the energy up because it's a special moment for me and for the team. It's a real collective; it's the strongest the team has ever been in terms of how we communicate. We've got great people in the team both at the factory and here and it's a real privilege to work with everyone."

 

With the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi up next on September 30th, it has the potential to revive winning chances of Lewis's Silver Arrows teammate, Valtteri Bottas. The 29-year-old had to settle for fourth in Singapore but is desperate to end his wait for his maiden win of the season.

Valtteri drove brilliantly in Sochi in 2017 to hold off Vettel to take the win and he is looking to rely on those positive memories to help he reclaim the top spot on the podium once again.

 

Valtteri said: "We have made really good progress, especially at this race from last year and that's down to a lot of hard work and trying to understand and attack those issues. That is very promising but it was a tough week for me, it could have been a lot better.

 

"Hopefully I can reset in Russia. It was a good race for me last year. I have always been strong there, but I know it will be tough with Ferrari. I feel like I need some good results now because it has been almost a year since I won a race."

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