Singapore debacle was no racing incident

Singapore debacle was no racing incident

The Singapore Grand Prix was a peculiar race, but strangest of all was the stewards' decision not to apportion blame to one driver in particular

No entries this week in Sergio Marchionne's Monster Book of Fun, for although Singapore qualifying went as expected, with Ferrari looking set to make amends for the embarrassing defeat at Monza, Lewis Hamilton gave Mercedes what was a wholly unexpected victory, his third in four weekends. Assuredly, with both his cars gone within seconds of the start, the Ferrari chairman will not have been in genial mood.

It was therefore an odd race, this, with no red in it, just as there had been no silver at the post-qualifying press conference. In relative terms, Marina Bay has always been a bogey circuit for Mercedes, and in qualifying Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas had no answer to Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen - nor, for that matter, to Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

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