Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel won the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday and runaway championship leader Lewis Hamilton retired mid-race, injecting new life into the fight for the Formula One title.
Vettel led from start to finish in a race that was temporarily interrupted by a fan wandering on the track.
Vettel’s third win of the season came by 1.4 seconds over Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was third, as all three finished in the positions they started at the Marina Bay street circuit.
“I was able to look after my tires and control the pace,” Vettel said. “Overall a perfect weekend, I am very, very happy.”
Hamilton suffered a power delivery failure that the team took a long time to diagnose and could not fix, forcing him out on lap 33.
His championship lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who finished fourth, was cut from 53 to 41 points — 252 vs. 211 — with Vettel a further eight points back on 203. There are six races left.
Williams driver Valterri Bottas was fifth on Sunday, Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat sixth and Force India’s Sergio Perez seventh.
Toro Rosso teenager Max Verstappen finished eighth, refusing team orders in the closing laps to move over for teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. who was ninth. Sauber’s Felipe Nasr passed Romain Grosjean on the penultimate lap for the last points position.
Brown wins historic top fuel final
Antron Brown won the first Top Fuel final between black racers in NHRA history Sunday, beating J.R. Todd in the playoff-opening Carolina Nationals in Concord, N.C.
Brown raced to his fifth victory of the season, 36th overall in Top Fuel, and took over the points lead in his bid for a second season championship.
Brown left the starting line first at zMAX Dragway and sped to 3.832-second run at 311.56 mph. Todd trailed with a 4.063 at 286.32.
In Pro Stock, Erica Enders raced to her third consecutive victory, seventh of the season and 19th overall to pass Shirley Muldowney on NHRA’s career victory list. Enders also tied Angelle Sampey’s record for victories by a female racer in a season.
Enders beat Vicent Noble with a 6.581 at 210.97 in a Chevy Camaro.
Del Worsham won in Funny Car, and Andrew Hines topped the Pro Stock Motorcycle field in the first of six playoff races in the Countdown to the Championship.
Worsham raced to his first victory of the season and 27th overall, topping Tommy Johnson Jr. with a 4.086 at 307.16 in a Toyota Camry. Hines beat Matt Smith with a 6.880 at 195.11 on a Harley-Davidson for his 40th career victory.