Nico Rosberg wins thrilling Singapore Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg wins thrilling Singapore Grand Prix

Rosberg has held off a fast-finishing Daniel Ricciardo to lead from pole to flag‭, ‬win the Singapore Grand Prix and go above world champion and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One standings‭.‬


It was Rosberg’s third win in a row‭, ‬his first in Singapore and the 22nd of his career‭, ‬while Hamilton had to settle for third behind Australia’s Ricciardo in a tactical night race on the Marina Bay street circuit‭.‬


Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was fourth while teammate and last year’s winner Sebastian Vettel finished fifth after starting last on the grid‭, ‬with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen sixth‭.‬


Rosberg held on in a tense last lap to take the chequered flag 0.4‭ ‬seconds ahead of Ricciardo‭. ‬He moves to 273‭ ‬points‭, ‬eight ahead of Hamilton‭, ‬with the Malaysian Grand Prix next up in two weeks‭.‬


The safety car was immediately out after Force India’s Nico Huelkenberg’s race ended after just a few seconds when he came off worse in a tangle with the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz‭.‬


Huelkenberg was sandwiched between two Toro Rossos and his car was spun sideways into a wall‭.‬


“When you only get to 50‭ ‬metres it is very bitter‭,‬”‭ ‬the German said‭. ‬Haas driver Romain Grosjean was meanwhile unable to start because of a brake problem‭.‬


Rosberg kept his lead from pole following the safety car when the restart saw a marshal still on the track but able to run to safety as cars approached‭. ‬Both Rosberg and Hamilton were warned early in the race they would have to manage their brakes‭, ‬which appeared to be a concern for the team throughout the race‭.‬


With overtaking difficult on the 5.065-kilometre street circuit‭, ‬tyre strategies were the key to gaining places‭.‬


Ricciardo‭, ‬in second place‭, ‬switched tyres on the 16th lap where he was fitted with a new set of supersoft tyres‭.‬


Ricciardo pitted again on lap 33‭ ‬of the 61‭ ‬with the hope it seemed of taking soft tyres to the end of the race‭.‬


He swapped tyres to supersofts with 13‭ ‬laps to go‭. ‬Rosberg was told to push hard‭, ‬but Mercedes decided against another pit stop‭ ‬in the belief he could defend his lead of around 18‭ ‬seconds against the Red Bull’s faster tyres‭. ‬Another safety car phase might have ruined Rosberg’s chances but Mercedes could breathe a sigh of relief as the German‭, ‬no longer nursing his brakes‭, ‬took the chequered flag just‭ ‬ahead of Ricciardo‭.‬


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