LiveHow the Singapore GP unfolded

Summary

  1. Rosberg wins, Ricciardo 2nd, Hamilton 3rd
  2. Hulkenberg crashes on grid
  3. Marshal nearly hit after being caught on track
  4. Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Bottas, Button out

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By Gary Rose

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Nico Rosberg has the momentum as Formula 1 prepares to head to Malaysia in two weeks time. 

The German leads by eight points with six races remaining but Lewis Hamilton will be hungry to fight back. 

The next race can't come soon enough. I'm off to enjoy a Singapore Sling. Cheerio.

Almost time for us to shut things down for the day but before we do, have a read of Andrew Benson's race report here.

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Lewis Hamilton had the 2015 title wrapped up with three races remaining but this year's battle is one you can see going right to the wire - 55% of you can see the title being decided in Abu Dhabi.

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Nico Rosberg certainly likes a jaunty leap in the air...

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Josh Davies: It looks like the stars have perfectly aligned for rosberg this year. Hope I'm wrong.

Hamilton's 'very trying weekend'

Lewis Hamilton, who now trails Nico Rosberg by eight points in the world championship, tells Sky Sports he couldn't have done better than finish third because of his brake issues.

"It was a very trying weekend but these ones come along sometimes and you just have to take it on the chin," he says.

Asked about his complaints over team radio about Mercedes' strategy calls, he says it didn't make a difference to the result but adds: "On lap 14 they pitted me on the same lap as Daniel and that didn't make sense to me."

Asked how tough it was to now be behind Rosberg, he replies: "It's not as tough as you think, I don't know why. I haven't been in this position at this stage of the season."

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I've got 99 podiums...

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Catching up. Lewis Hamilton has 99 podium finishes, seven behind Alain Prost (Forix)

Lewis Hamilton creeps closer to Alain Prost's record in the all-time career podiums list. 

He is third on his list with 99 podiums, seven behind Prost. Michael Schumacher tops the list with 155.

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Damon Hill claimed his 22nd and final F1 win at the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix (Forix)

Victory for Nico Rosberg - his eight of the year - moves him level with Damon Hill on 22 career wins and into joint 13th in the all time list.

Kvyat 'back to normal'

Daniil Kvyat is wearing a big smile on his face in the media pen after that race. He gave as good as he got against Max Verstappen with some driving that will no doubt boost his confidence after a tough year for the Russia.

"I loved racing today," he said after finishing ninth. "It was good to feel the passion. I'm back to normal."  

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That was Nico Rosberg's 22nd win of his career. Only three drivers have won more races after 200 starts - Michael Schumacher (76), Fernando Alonso (31) and Nelson Piquet (23).

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AngelinedeH: Hamilton is such a bad loser! Maybe some non podium finishes will help him to appreciate it more.

Rssot: Shame we never see Nico Rosberg as gracious in defeat as Lewis Hamilton.

Marcus P Knight: Textbook controlled drive from #NR6 to take lead. Lukewarm F1 GP from #LH44. Imagine UK headlines if the boot was on other foot!

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No fireworks for Ferrari after a bad strategy call cost Kimi Raikkonen a real chance of finishing third. 

Still, there was something to celebrate - Sebastian Vettel's fantastic drive. The German, a four-time winner in Singapore, climbed from dead last to finish fifth.

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I'm still in the fight - Hamilton

Third-placed Lewis Hamilton: "Definitely not [a great weekend] but firstly big congratulations to Nico - he drove fantastically all weekend.

"This weekend has been a tricky one for me but I'm just happy to get on the podium and get some points for the team.

"The brakes were way overheating so I had to slow down. Once I did my second or third stop we managed to sort it out."

Martin Brundle mentions that Hamilton is now eight points behind Mercedes team-mate Rosberg:

"It's a lot different to when I was here last year but I'm still in the fight and I'm going to give it everything I've got."

No shoey for Dan

Daniel Ricciardo refrained from drinking champagne from his boot. Given the fact he has just had to do a two hour race in those boots in that heat and humidity, it's a very wise choice.

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'We gave it a shot'

Daniel Ricciardo, who finished second: "We have come close on numerous occasions but I am not disappointed. We gave it a shot, we got with half a second. It was close.

"As soon as did a pit stop we thought Nico would come in. I pushed hard on the tyres."

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The car was on the edge - Rosberg

Race winner Nico Rosberg in the podium interviews: "It's been an awesome weekend in Singapore for me.

"Of course Daniel tried to pull one on me at the end but we managed to hold him off - I'm really, really happy.

"I couldn't come in at the same time as Daniel because I was in traffic.

"The whole car was on the edge, it always is in Singapore. It's all the more satisfying with a race like that."

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Martin Brundle heads out onto the podium to conduct the interviews. 

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Amit Mandalia: Few more laps would have been an exciting finish. Not the greatest but decent race. Not the end for HAM, plenty of races to go.

Nick Hughes: Is Ricciardo doing a shoey after the #SingaporeGP? Brave man in that heat and humidity.

Yamann: Superb weekend from Nico. A weekend showing why Lewis should've never been and should never be compared to Senna.

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Nico Rosberg leaps out onto the podium. Could this be his year? He's overcome the disappointment of seeing his early advantage wiped out by Lewis Hamilton and then trailing by 19 points to move into an eight point lead after three successive wins. The momentum is certainly with him.

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Singapore GP result

1) Rosberg 2) Ricciardo 3) Hamilton 4) Raikkonen 5) Vettel 6) Verstappen 7) Alonso 8) Perez 9) Kvyat 10) Magnussen

11) Gutierrez 12) Massa 13) Nasr 14) Sainz 15) Palmer 16) Wehrlein 17) Ericsson 18) Ocon

Retired: Button, Bottas, Hulkenberg, Grosjean

Victory for Nico Rosberg means he takes the lead in the drivers' championship and leads Lewis Hamilton by eight points with six races to go. 

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Lewis Hamilton climbs out of his car and heads over to Nico Rosberg's Mercedes to give his team-mate a pat on the head and a shake of the hand.  Rosberg then climbs on top of his car, thumping the air in delight before diving into his delighted Mercedes crew.

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Regular Jon: Such a shame there weren't one or two laps more.

Benedict Salido: One more lap and RIC has got it. Hats off to Rosberg.

History Lass: A VERY good race. Superb drive from Rosberg, a very good weekend, shown an edge we haven't seen for a while!

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Extraordinary performance from Daniel Ricciardo - he pushed all the way to that flag.

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Fireworks light up the sky as Nico Rosberg lights up the airwaves.

"Woooohooooooo!" he screams, his relief clear as he manages to hold off a belting battle by Daniel Ricciardo.

The Australian finishes second with Lewis Hamilton third.

Chequered flag

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NICO ROSBERG WINS THE SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX.

LAST LAP

Lap 61/61

It looks like Nico Rosberg has done enough. He starts the last lap with a 1.3 seconds advantage over Daniel Ricciardo.

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Lap 60/61

It's a bit like being at an all you can eat buffet for Daniel Ricciardo now. After gobbling down the mains, he can barely manage a nibble of the desserts now. He's only taking tiny bites out of Nico Rosberg's advantage and the gap is just over two seconds.

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You really have the impression that Rosberg has timed things perfectly. He's just to keep this together for a couple of laps.

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Further down the field and, barring any late drama, Kevin Magnussen will finish inside the top 10. He is 16 seconds clear of Esteban Gutierrez.

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Lap 59/61

"You've got clear track ahead of you," Daniel Ricciardo is told. 

The gap has increased slightly to 5.4 seconds. All or nothing now.

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Mark Gallagher

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It looks almost as if Ricciardo has taken the performance out of the super-softs with this charge and he is now beginning to fall away.

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Daniel Ricciardo gets caught in a bit of traffic and only manages to pinch a tenth of a second off Nico Rosberg's advantage.