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Gary Rose

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  1. Singapore surprises

    Formula 1

    The Singapore Grand Prix certainly threw up plenty of surprises with unexpected retirements, feisty fighting talk from Max Verstappen, and a spectator getting a little too close to the action.

    With Sebastian Vettel winning and Lewis Hamilton retiring, there could be a few more twists and turns in the title race to come.

    That's all from us but there is not long to wait for the next race, with our coverage of the Japanese GP beginning with practice on Friday at the delightful hour of 01:00 BST. Join us then!

  2. Almost time to slip off the shoes, Arrivabene

    Formula 1

    Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene set a target of three race wins this season, and that has now been achieved thanks to Sebastian Vettel. 

    It is a moment to celebrate for Arrivabene, but he also may be regretting a few words he said in pre-season.

    When asked what he would do if Ferrari won four races this year, he quipped: "I will run without shoes to the Maranello hills."

    With the Japanese GP up in just seven days, it might not be long before Arrivabene has to make good on his bet...

  3. Post update

    OK. Well it is almost time for us to wrap things up. If you haven't read it already, you can read Andrew Benson's race report here.

    Meanwhile, Singapore Grand Prix highlights will be on BBC One and online at 17:00 BST. Not long to wait!

  4. Verstappen right to refuse order - Toro Rosso boss

    Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost says that Max Verstappen was correct to refuse the order given to him by the team.

    He told Sky Sports: "Carlos had newer tyres so we thought we could swap positions.

    "But Max was right because Carlos was not closing up. Carlos was always four or five-tenths back. If he wants to swap positions, he needs to be closer."

    Max Verstappen
  5. I wanted shot at Perez - Sainz

    Sainz, unsurprisingly, does not agree:

    "Let the guy on newer tyre have shot," he said. "I wanted that shot and he never gave it to me. 

    "It is not an issue for me."

  6. No reason to let Sainz past - Verstappen

    Right, so let's hear some more from Toro Rosso about Max Verstappen's refusal to let team-mate Carlos Sainz pass him in the closing stages.

    The teenager had been ordered to let Sainz go by his team so the Spaniard could attack Force India's Sergio Perez.

    First up, Verstappen himself.

    He told Sky Sports: "The whole race I had good pace so for me there was no reason to let him past.

    "If it was the other way round, I think he would do the same thing."

  7. 'A disappointing weekend'

    Quote Message: There is a small positive of closing gap but it has been a disappointing weekend. It was the toughest race of the year. from Nico Rosberg, who finished fourth
    Nico Rosberg, who finished fourth
  8. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton

    Is Mercedes' vice-like grip on Formula 1 loosening? There has been no Mercedes on the podium in two of the last four races.

    Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff has described this weekend in Singapore as "character building" and one that will make them "strong".

    Ferrari, though, will have seen a chink in their armour.

  9. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Andrew Yee:  Good drive by Verstappen but ignored team orders to let team-mate past. He is a teenager so could he be grounded??  

    Danny Janssen:  Weren't team orders supposed to be banned? Would have been ridiculous if he would have obeyed, he deserved the position he finished at.

  10. Toro Rosso dispute

    Carlos Sainz added that he “did not want any polemics” to follow on from the incident, while Max Verstappen said he did not let Sainz past because it had not been explained to him why he should do so.

  11. Post update

  12. Toro Rosso dispute

    Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz has just been speaking to BBC Sport's Lee McKenzie about Max Vertspappen's refusal to let him past in the closing stages, as he had been ordered to by the team.

    Sainz wanted to overtake Verstappen so he could attack Force India's Sergio Perez.

    Sainz said: "I felt I could get past the Force India but it's his choice.I was feeling very confident that I could do it but he decided not to. I am still wanting the team to do the best they can.

    "This year I have let him by three or four times. He was told to let me by four times and didn't. It's a bit of a pain."

    Carlos Sainz Jr
  13. Get involved #bbcf1

    I'm intrigued to see what the fallout will be from Max Verstappen appearing to not obey team orders. What are your thoughts?

    Let us know via #bbcf1.

  14. Level with a legend

    Michael Schumacher

    A milestone for Sebastian Vettel as he equals Michael Schumacher's record of three wins in his first season at Ferrari.

    With six races remaining, you would not bet against him adding to that before the end of the year.

  15. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Eddie Jordan's shirt/coat has got quite a reaction:

    Samantha Joyce:  What a shirt EJ! I have missed the crazy shirts.

    Adam:  Wow EJ you've excelled yourself today.

    Mikeado:  Did your wife buy you that jacket, Eddie?

  16. Post update

    Eddie Jordan

    Simply outstanding attire, EJ. Love it.

  17. 'Massive attack' from Vettel

    Quote Message: The party on Sunday night. We will have some drinks, definitely. My drink bottle failed halfway through the race so I am quite thirsty. If we have more weekends like this, yes we can catch Mercedes. Massive attack. Maybe we can make the impossible possible - we will definitely go for it. from Sebastian Vettel on why he loves Singapore:
    Sebastian Vettel on why he loves Singapore:
    Sebastian Vettel
  18. Post update

    Quote Message: We hope this is a sign of the future. Saturday I struggled for whatever reason, I was surprised to finish third in qualifying and today was a struggle again and I had no chance to do anything about first or second. from Kimi Raikkonen, who finished third
    Kimi Raikkonen, who finished third
  19. Post update

    Quote Message: Seb experimented a bit today - at the start of the race he just went. If there was no safety car we could have been close for the undercut but the two safety cars came at pretty crucial times. It was really good to back up qualifying. We matched Seb in race pace and we have got to be pretty happy. from Second-placed Daniel Ricciardo
    Second-placed Daniel Ricciardo
    Daniel Ricciardo
  20. 'A great weekend'

    Quote Message: "It must be one of my best races. It was pretty intense. Lots of pressure form behind, Daniel had a very good race looking after his tyres. Second stint I was dictating the pace. From then, I was trying to control the gap. We had a really great weekend." from Race winner Sebastian Vettel
    Race winner Sebastian Vettel
    Sebastian Vettel
  21. Post update

    Eddie Jordan is the man to conduct the podium interviews and he is sporting a fantastic pink-red coat-type thing. Great scenes.

  22. Post update

    You simply cannot bet against Sebastian Vettel in Singapore. He loves it at the Marina Bay circuit. This win was his fourth there, meaning he has won half of the total Singapore GPs.

    Sebastian Vettel
  23. Post update

    But will all be harmonious in the team garage after Verstappen refused to let Sainz pass?

  24. Post update

    It is a massive party atmosphere in Singapore as the top three walk out to the podium. Sebastian Vettel points both his index fingers to the sky in celebration as the crowds cheer.

  25. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Rachel T:  Max responded in exactly the same tone of voice as my kids do when I ask them to get ready for school.

    Dread Pirate Roberts:  Verstappen is a spoilt little boy, nothing more. He lacks the maturity required to be a decent driver.

    Amy Beanie: Vettel is best. That is all.

  26. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton

    Not a good day at all for Lewis Hamilton, but his advantage over Nico Rosberg is still big heading into the final six races of the season. He heads the drivers' championship by 41 points.

  27. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "The other Ferrari wins this year have been slightly more fortunate - this was a dominant display."

    Vettel is now just eight points behind Nico Rosberg in the drivers' championship.

  28. More history for Vettel

  29. Singapore GP result

    11) Ericsson 12) Maldonado 13) Grosjean 14) Rossi 15) Stevens

    Retired: Hamilton, Button, Alonso, Massa, Hulkenberg

  30. Post update

    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "To get both cars to a podium finish is quite an achievement for Ferrari."

  31. Singapore GP top 10

    1) Vettel 2) Ricciardo 3) Raikkonen 4) Rosberg 5) Bottas 6) Kvyat 7) Perez 8) Verstappen 9) Sainz 10) Nasr

  32. Post update

    Wondering what Max Verstappen did, or didn't do? Well, he didn't give up his position to Carlos Sainz, finishing eighth with Sainz ninth.

  33. Team radio - Vettel wins

    Ferrari engineer: "Yes, you did it! You did it! Pole position and first position from lap one! Magic!"

    Vettel: "Grazi, grazi! Forza Ferrari!"

  34. Champagne moment

    Fireworks explode as Sebastian Vettel crosses the line for his third win of the season and 42nd of his career - surpassing Ayrton Senna's tally.

    Daniel Ricciardo finishes a season-best second, with Kimi Raikkonen third.

  35. Chequered flag

    Sebastian Vettel


  36. LAST LAP

    What will Max Verstappen do? He isn't moving yet.

    Meanwhile, here comes Sebastian Vettel...

  37. Post update

    Interesting development late on.

    Max Verstappen is told he needs to swap positions with Carlos Sainz.

    "No!" snaps Verstappen. What will he do?

  38. Post update

    Felipe Nasr nips into tenth place as Romain Grosjean locks up going into a corner. 

    Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel is cruising towards his third win of the season...

  39. Get involved - #bbcf1

    David Shelton: @McLarenF1 don't deserve the drivers they have. This is beyond ridiculous!

    James Morgan:  Has Romain Grosjean ever not complained after being overtaken?

    The Shadow Warrior: @Max33Verstappen is fast winning my heart! Exciting racing from him in these "let's-do-a-procession" days

  40. Post update

    It is looking like it is going to be third for Kimi Raikkonen as he is circulating with no-one in close proximity. Daniel Ricciardo, currently second, is nine seconds ahead, with Nico Rosberg around eight seconds behind in fourth.

  41. Team radio

    Engineer to Williams' Valtteri Bottas (currently fifth): "For info, there is not a lot you can do but we see a glitch in the box on downshifts."

  42. Post update

    Marcus Ericsson moves past Pastor Maldonado and the latter is down to 13th. Lotus bring him in to make the switch to supersofts, which will see him through to the end of the race.

    Five laps to go.

  43. Hulk is not happy

    Force India's Nico Hulkenberg is not happy with his three-place grid penalty in Japan for crashing into Felipa Massa. 

    He tells BBC F1's Lee McKenzie: "No good news, that's for sure. The incident, he's coming out of the pits, the way I see it I was ahead. I was aware he was coming out of the pits but I was ahead."

    Nico Hulkenberg
  44. As it stands


    Here's how the top 10 looks with nine laps to go. Nico Rosberg is quietly going about his business in fourth, a podium is pretty much beyond him as he trails Kimi Raikkonen by more than six seconds.

  45. Team radio - Button's race over

    Engineer to Jenson Button:  "Okay, Jenson we need to retire the car. We are taking too much risk with the gearbox."

  46. Hulkenberg deserves penalty - Massa

    Williams' Felipe Massa, speaking to BBC F1's Lee McKenzie, on the incident with Nico Hulkenberg, for which the German has been given a three-pace grid penalty at the next race in Japan:

    "Well, I think honestly the penalty is correct. I was inside. He just turned the car over my car - I couldn't do anything. For sure, what he did was not correct."

  47. Post update

    Max Verstappen is eighth and now eyeing a move on Sergio Perez. Worth remembering that Verstappen started from the pit lane after stalling at the start. Fantastic from the teenager.


    Daniel Ricciardo sets a new fastest lap with a 1:50.258, chipping a couple of tenths of a second off of Sebastian Vettel's advantage.

    He is certainly keeping Vettel honest as we enter the closing stages of this race.

    Daniel Ricciardo
  49. Mansell impressed by Verstappen

  50. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Ray King:  Max Verstappen gets all the plaudits but Carlos Sainz is every bit as good!

    Don Coyote:  Let's hope Max doesn't do a Monaco.

  51. Post update

    No further action is taken over the incident involving Pastor Maldonado and Jenson Button.

  52. Team radio

    Engineer to Lotus's Pastor Maldonado (currently 11th): "We think you have diffuser damage. You are doing a great job. Any more retirements and we can be in the points."

  53. Post update

    Sebastian Vettel holds the record for the biggest winning margin, beating Fernando Alonso by 30 seconds in 2013. He won't get anywhere near that today, but is looking firmly on course for victory as his advantage over Daniel Ricciardo increases to 3.2s. 

  54. Team radio

    Lotus's Romain Grosjean (currently 10th): "Okay, he pushed me wide. I had no place to go."

    Romain Grosjean
  55. Post update

    Romain Grosjean has no time to ponder that move by Max Verstappen as Carlos Sainz is right behind him and he picks off the Frenchman at Turn 1, forcing the Lotus wide as he passes.

  56. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Fantastic, absolutely top-drawer driving from Verstappen. The skills he has are incredible."

  57. Post update

    Brilliant from Max Verstappen. He is right behind Romain Grosjean and spies his opportunity to overtake at Turn 14, he makes his move, it looks like Grosjean holds on to it but Verstappen has another and successful gets past at Turn 16.

  58. Post update

    Race control confirm that the incident between Pastor Maldonado and Jenson Button is under investigation.

  59. Post update

    Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel still leads, but his advantage is 2.6s - not quite as big as it was before the second safety car. Daniel Ricciardo is second, with Kimi Raikkonen third.

    Nico Rosberg is fourth but two seconds down the road from Raikkonen with 16 laps left.

  60. Post update

    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "Max Verstappen has just set the fastest lap of the race - a great achievement!"

  61. Post update

  62. Post update

    Max Verstappen is a born racer. He has got beyond Felipe Nasr and now he sweeps past Pastor Maldonado. He is ninth, with Carlos Sainz 10th. Both in the points and there's huge cheers from the Toro Rosso garage.

  63. Post update

    Replays show that part of Jenson Button's front wing very nearly struck Carlos Sainz's helmet. A very dangerous moment.

  64. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "One thing you can about Maldonado, he guarantees good TV time."

  65. Post update

    "I should have known really," laments Jenson Button after that tangle with Pastor Maldonado.

  66. Post update

  67. Yellow flag

    With the field all bunched up, Jenson Button's McLaren collides into the back of Pastor Maldonado and loses his front wing. Straight into the pits and that's a real points opportunity lost. Button is right down to the back of the pack.

  68. Post update

    Sebastian Vettel slams his foot down on the accelerator and already is building up an advantage once again over Daniel Ricciardo. 

  69. Safety car coming in

    Twenty one laps to go and we've been racing for around one hour and 25 minutes. 

    The safety car is coming in at the end of this lap...

  70. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Will Collins:  At the Singapore Grand Prix and someone has just walked along the track right in front of us during the race!

    Ben Wear:  That is a staggeringly calm and gentle stroll that gentleman is having.

    Vasyl Mylko:  Finally the famous Singapore poltergeist showed up visually. 

  71. Team radio

    The safety car is still out and Sebastian Vettel is not happy with it.

    "Tell the safety car to speed up," he says.

    Sebastian Vettel
  72. Team radio

    Nico Rosberg: "Are we going to the end?"

    Engineer: "You are going to end, Nico. Everyone is going to the end."

  73. Post update

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    Stops for Nico Rosberg, Valtteri Bottas and Jenson Button. Are we on for a fight to the flag now?

  75. Post update

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  77. "A man on the track!"

    Team radio

    Race leader Sebastian Vettel: "There is a man on the track! A man on the track!"

  78. Post update

    The front three of Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen all pit, taking on softs.

  79. Post update

    What on Earth!? Camera shots show someone, quite calmly strolling along the inside edge of the track as F1 cars whizz by. What is he thinking? He strolls to a gap in the fence and climbs off the circuit.

    Utterly bizarre. 

  80. Safety car

    There is a second safety car and there is someone on the circuit! 

  81. As it stands

  82. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Nick Pearman:  Lewis really unlucky there. 4th place for Rosberg doesn't affect his title chances hugely though. Only reliability can stop him.

    Aaman Khan:  Spare a thought for @LewisHamilton to be sooo close to equalling Senna's record and to be let down by his engine.

    Tom Howells:  Do people realise that if #Vettel does win the #SingaporeGP, he actually passes #Senna's 41 race record, in 10 less races?

    Simon Park:  Last time out the championship looked all but over, now Rosbergand maybe Vettel are right back in it.

  83. Post update

    McLaren fans, don't despair though because get this: Jenson Button is now up to EIGHTH. He's had his problems today, and provided us with many a witty radio remark, but he is now looking on for some serious points in Singapore.

  84. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Tom Brookes:  Lewis had the chance of making this an exciting race, his inevitable retirement has killed it.

    Stephen:  Should never have dyed his hair blonde. Let that be a lesson Lewis.

  85. All over for Alonso

    Another retirement as Fernando Alonso follows Lewis Hamilton into the pits to bring an end to his race.

    He retires from ninth and this marks the first time Alonso has not scored points in Singapore.

  86. Post update

    In contrast to Lewis Hamilton's race, it is all going perfectly for Sebastian Vettel out in front. He is now cruising along with a 4.4s advantage over Daniel Ricciardo with 34 laps gone.

  87. Hamilton retires

    That is it for Lewis Hamilton. "Box, box," he is told over the radio. A first non-finish of the season for the reigning world champion.

  88. Team radio

    Lewis Hamilton: "Guys, we could be killing the engine here. Why don't we save it. I'm just going further and further back."

    Engineer: "Okay, Lewis. We are just discussing that."

  89. Post update

    It is sounding increasingly likely that Lewis Hamilton is going to retire. He suggests over the radio that they should consider saving the engine as he continues to fall further back.

  90. Post update

    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "Hungary is the only other race Hamilton has not led so far this year."

    Lewis Hamilton
  91. Post update

    Ah bad news for Felipe Massa. He has to retire, the problem which caused him to suddenly go into neutral proving race-ending.

  92. Can Hamilton's problem be sorted?

    Mercedes on Twitter:  This is desperate for the World Champ. Trying everything to spark back into life...

  93. Ghostly goings on?

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Is it the poltergeist of Singapore catching up with a few of the cars here?"

  94. Team radio

    Williams' Felipe Massa (currently 11th): "I don't know what's happened - I've just gone to neutral."

  95. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton's latest lap is 2:04.969 and he is now down to 10th.

    Meanwhile, Marcus Ericsson and Carlos Sainz head in on lap 30 for their second stops of the race, switching to supersofts.

  96. Post update

    "Try HPP Driver default 01," Lewis Hamilton is told over the radio. "It doesn't work," is the reply.

    Plenty of code chat, there, but Hamilton is still going.

  97. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton is now down to EIGHTH. What's going on?

    "Come on guys, how do I reset the throttle?" he asks over team radio.

    Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel has turned it up at the front of the pack, he now leads Daniel Ricciardo by 3.2s.

  98. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "We have got to presume there is no visible signs of problem with Hamilton's engine so it must be the recovery system."

  99. Hamilton dropping!

    Oh it is bad!

    He is dropping away massively and Nico Rosberg storms past. Hamilton is hammering the buttons, trying to find a solution but nothing is working.

    Is he in danger of not even finishing the race!??

  100. Trouble for Hamilton?

    Lewis Hamilton reports a loss of power, he is still running but has dropped back a little bit on Kimi Raikkonen.

    "Quick guys, quick," says Hamilton, sounding very worried.

  101. Post update

    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "The brakes take a pounding in Singapore. The cars will be very marginal when we get towards the end of the race."

    Singapore Grand prix
  102. Team radio

    Engineer to Jenson Button: "The car is very hot - avoid a tow where possible."

    Button: "Anything else?"

  103. Post update

    Jenson Button is certainly having an eventful race. He is 15th, but has Carlos Sainz behind him and closing, and now an issue with his McLaren...

  104. Post update

    A quick decision from the stewards as Nico Hulkenberg is given a three-place grid penalty for the Japanese GP.

    singapore gp
  105. Team radio

    Lewis Hamilton: "Vettel's backing up Ricciardo, I think."

  106. Post update

    The gap between leader Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo is getting a little smaller, dropping to under one second on lap 22. 

  107. Post update

    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "Rosberg's priority is to get past Hamilton to close the 53-point gap in the championship but he is under pressure from Sebastian Vettel for second place, especially with Vettel leading this race."

  108. Team radio

    Engineer to Lewis Hamilton (currently fourth): "Okay, Lewis, we are going to have to look after this tyre set - try to eek it out as long as we can."

  109. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton will want to get on that podium, but he also needs to be mindful of Nico Rosberg, who will be desperate to score more points than his Mercedes team-mate in Singapore and chip away at Hamilton's lead in the championship.

    Rosberg is just over a second behind Hamilton.

  110. Post update

    No surprise to see that the incident between Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg is under investigation.

    singapore gp
  111. A familiar sight

  112. Safety car coming in

    The safety car heads in and we are back racing. Sebastian Vettel once again holds his place at the front of the pack.

  113. Team radio

    Daniel Ricciardo to engineer: "How is our pace?"

    Engineer: "We were about three or four-tenths quicker than Ferrari when we stopped. Other people nowhere close."

  114. Post update

    Max Verstappen is unlapping under the safety car conditions and Lewis Hamilton has a little pop at his team, saying they should tell him when a car is coming through as he claims the Toro Rosso nearly hit him.

  115. Post update

    This has worked out well for Lewis Hamilton, who is fourth and in prime position to pounce for a podium once the safety car heads in. 

    Reports are that it is clear in Sector One, so shouldn't be too long before we are racing again.

  116. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Gavin Richardson:  Pit lane exit the cause of Hulk incident. Hulk more to blame for incident. Should have given more space

    Stuart:  I love F1, but I really can't see the point of having tracks where overtaking is virtually impossible, overtaking makes it exciting.

    Ray King:  Poor Dani Kvyat. Lost out massively with that safety car

  117. Post update

    Singapore Grand Prix
  118. As it stands

  119. Post update

    Here's a picture of the incident when it happened.

  120. Post update

  121. Safety car

    Now the real safety car is deployed and marshals armed with brooms head out to sweep up debris where Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg collided.

  122. Post update

  123. Team radio

    Engineer to Nico Rosberg: "Okay, Nico so it's looking good. We are the second car on primes. Lewis is on primes. Everyone else on options."

  124. Post update

    Those towards the front of the field take the opportunity to pit, all slapping on a fresh set of supersofts except for Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, who have switched to softs.

  125. Post update

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    "Traditionally it's been when the two and three-stop strategies converge that we've had safety cars in this race."

  126. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "I don't know what Massa could have done differently. Nico Hulkenberg would have had sight of Massa."

  127. Safety car


    Felipe Massa is coming out on to the circuit after his pitstop and Nico Hulkenberg slams straight into the side of the Williams, with the latter shunted into the barrier.

    Virtual Safety Car conditions now.

  128. Post update

    Carlos Sainz is snapping and snarling on the rear of Fernando Alonso's McLaren, trying to pounce and claim P13. Alonso holds him off for now, though.

    Daniil Kvyat is the first of the front runners to make his first stop, pitting from fourth to take on another set of supersofts.

  129. Tension at Force India

  130. Post update

  131. Post update

    Jenson Button reported over team radio that he was struggling with the tyres and McLaren call in Fernando Alonso to change to soft tyres.

    The Spaniard is not the only one to head in as Carlos Sainz follows suit soon after. Alonso is back out in 13th, with Sainz behind him.

  132. Post update

    Lap 10 and we have the first of our pit stops as Romain Grosjean heads in to bolt on the soft tyres - the harder of the two compounds in Singapore. He is back out in 17th.

  133. Red Bull playing the long game?

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Interestingly, Vettel was slower by three-tenths last time around than Ricciardo. Red Bull's hope this afternoon is that they can go longer on the tyres and two-stop while Ferrari have to three-stop."

    singapore gp
  134. Post update

  135. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Malav Sutaria : Who said it is going to be cracking race..?? Vettel or Hamilton, same story at the front and no wheel to wheel racing..!!

    Stephen:  This better not become Singabore

  136. McLaren team radio

    Jenson Button

    Quote Message: The rears are overheating under braking.
  137. Post update

    Jenson Button started in 15th, but has lost a place to Marcus Ericsson. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel is building his advantage at the front and is now 5.3s ahead of his former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

  138. Post update

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    Quote Message: "Lewis Hamilton team have been on the radio, telling him to maintain the gap and they will know when to pick it up. At the moment things are going to plan for him."
  139. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton is currently two seconds down the road from Daniil Kvyat but the world champion is around sixth tenths of a second quicker on his latest lap.

  140. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Andrew Yee: It's like a few years ago. Vettel in the lead and just pulling away. 3 seconds clear from 2nd. Wow!

    Hingmy:  Vettel's gone Full Vettel - it's 2011 all over again. Race over?

  141. Mercedes must bide their time?

  142. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Vettel is not holding back, he is more than a second a lap quicker than Daniel Ricciardo."

  143. Great start by Vettel

    Just watching a replay of the start and it was smooth as silk from Sebastian Vettel. Textbook stuff. Daniel Ricciardo also got away cleanly but he just could not close down Vettel.

  144. Post update

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    "There will be a huge sign of relief at Ferrari - two weeks ago Kimi Raikkonen went from second on the grid to last at the first corner."

  145. LAP ONE

    One lap down in the 61-lap race and Sebastian Vettel leads ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen, Daniil Kvyat and then Lewis Hamilton.

    Vettel's lead over Ricciardo is already up to three seconds. A fourth win in Singapore is very much on the cards for the Ferrari man.

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    Disaster for young Max Verstappen. His Toro Rosso stalls at the start and is currently being pushed along by the marshals.

  147. Go! Go! Go!


    Sebastian Vettel holds his place at the front going into the first corner. Both Mercedes get away OK but make no gains and Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg remain fifth and sixth respectively.

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    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    Quote Message: The software glitch on those Mercedes cars seems to have been solved
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  150. Mercedes have limited expectations

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    "Mercedes were saying yesterday there is nothing wrong with the balance of their car yesterday - it was about tyre temperature.

    "They are expecting to be more competitive in the race today but they're not expecting to challenge Ferrari at the front."

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    Supersoft is the tyre of choice for the entire field. The cars are just lining up in their places on the grid.

    Almost time...

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    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "Sebastian Vettel has been in the top two of the last five grands prix here. A stunning lap in qualifying."

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    Interesting from Jennie. Are we going to see problems for Mercedes at the start?

    They both get away OK for the formation lap as Sebastian Vettel leads the grid away.

  154. Problems for Hamilton & Rosberg already!?

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    Quote Message: Both Mercedes have software problems, which is why Rosberg couldn't get going earlier
  155. Get those fluids on board

    Felipe Nasr hydrates before a long race where dehydration will be a factor.

    Interesting mug, Felipe.

  156. What chance of rain?

    It is now pitch black at Singapore bar the bright lights of the circuit and the skyscrapers. Can't see whether there are any clouds, but there's apparently a 10% chance of rain at some point during the race.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    “The F1 ‘silly season’ is in full swing in Singapore this weekend. Eddie Jordan has comprehensively run through the engine merry-go-round for us, but what about drivers? Well, that focuses on the Lotus (soon to be Renault, we believe), Force India and new Haas teams, with Romain Grosjean at the centre of it. 

    “The Franco-Swiss is under contract to Lotus/Renault and in theory should be a certainty there given his and Renault’s nationalities. But he is said to have itchy feet and fancies a move to Haas because they have close links with Ferrari and he has his eyes on Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari seat in 2017. If Grosjean doesn’t move, McLaren reserve driver Kevin Magnussen is the favourite for the Haas seat alongside either Esteban Gutierrez or Jean-Eric Vergne (Haas have said they want one Ferrari reserve driver). 

    “If Grosjean does move, Magnussen could replace him at Lotus/Renault. Pastor Maldonado is also under contract at Lotus, and Sergio Perez and Force India have both said it is only a matter of time before the Mexican is confirmed there again alongside Nico Hulkenberg. But why the delay? Some believe Perez and Maldonado could swap. But given the Venezuelan’s reputation for crashing, that would not be popular among some senior personnel at Force India.”

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  160. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Zaki Mangalji:  Soda, crisps and the #SingaporeGP. Bring it home Seb.

    Trisha and Matt:  Hopefully Lewis can still score some good points still. 

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    We've just had the Singapore national anthem, sung A capella. Now the teams and drivers are going through their last few bits of preparations, with 10 minutes until lights out.

  164. Stars and stripes

    Alexander Rossi (20th on the grid for Manor) is the first American to start an F1 race since Scott Speed in 2007. 

  165. Team radio

    More good news for Ferrari

    Engineer on team radio: "Kimi reports the car is much better than yesterday, the rear feels more stable"

  166. Circuit stats


    Circuit distance: 5.065km

    Laps: 61

    Also, take a look at some of the quirky statistics behind one of F1's most iconic races in our preview here.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "As predicted by most of the teams and drivers ahead, it’s tight behind the big three teams, with only 0.4secs covering seventh to ninth, Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa sandwiching the Toro Rosso of the ever-impressive Max Verstappen in eighth. The Dutchman’s team-mate Carlos Sainz has been very close to him all weekend, arguably actually having the edge, but a brush with the wall in Q2 put paid to his chances of being in the top 10, too. 

    “In fact Sainz was rather unfortunate, as he explained: ‘On the dash I didn't have my lap time so I didn't know some things. So I needed to push quite hard and I was properly on the limit to get into Q3. I was eight-tenths quicker than my previous lap, but I didn't know that four tenths higher would get me easily into Q3. If I would have known that I would have probably not gone so crazy, so aggressive. It was a mistake - I caught a bit too much kerb and then I hit the wall, that's it.’ 

    “Investigations revealed his gearbox to be undamaged, so there is no penalty. Sainz could be one to watch in the race.”

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    Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen has a best finish of fourth at Hungary. Starting eighth on the grid, he could challenge for significant points today. 

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    Singapore GP

    The Singapore Grand Prix is one of the longest races of the season - with no previous race finishing in under one hour 56 minutes.

    That, as well as the number of corners, bumpy nature of the circuit and the heat and humidity, makes it one of the most challenging tracks for the drivers.

  170. How often will we see the safety car?

  171. Safety car to play its part?


    History would suggest that we'll see the safety car at some point today. It has appeared in every single race in Singapore since the inaugural one in 2008. 

  172. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Colin Davies-Watts: Don't hear Red Bull moaning about their engine today.

    James Weir:  Could Rosberg be in trouble for the second year in a row in Singapore? Problems at the pit exit. 

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    Nico Rosberg manages to get himself going and onto the circuit after that little bit of pre-race drama.

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    "My mistake," comes another message from Nico Rosberg.

    "Was it your mistake Nico," he is asked. "Affirm."

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     An issue already for Nico Rosberg? He is in the pit lane, but is going nowhere. "My engine has gone off, come and get me," he says over team radio.