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Seven things you missed from the Singapore Grand Prix


It was not the most eventful Singapore Grand Prix in its 10-year history but Lewis Hamilton won’t care as his fourth win in five races extended his championship lead to 40 points.

Hamilton cruised to victory in front of Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel at the night race which produced little on-track action.

But there were still plenty of talking points. Here Sportsmail takes a look at the seven things you may have missed. 

Seven Things You Missed From The Singapore Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton sprays champagne after celebrating his race victory with his Mercedes team

Hamilton given apology

Only once did Hamilton look under pressure in Singapore and it came on lap 38 when he got caught up with backmarkers and was nearly passed by Verstappen as a result.

In the podium room after, race director Charlie Whiting made a point to apologise to the Brit for not doing more to allow him an easier route through the lapped runners.

Race director Charlie Whiting apologised to Hamilton in the podium room after the race - Seven Things You Missed From The Singapore Grand Prix

Race director Charlie Whiting apologised to Hamilton in the podium room after the race - Seven Things You Missed From The Singapore Grand Prix

Race director Charlie Whiting apologised to Hamilton in the podium room after the race

Parc Ferme lights up dull race

While it was not the most entertaining race in Singapore, Marina Bay’s parc ferme at least looked glitzy enough. Hamilton parked his winning Mercedes on an LED podium that featured highlights of all the race action underneath and behind the the car.

It is another typical Liberty Media addition but it is unclear if it is a new regular feature or just a one-off special for a night race.

Hamilton parked his race-winning Mercedes on a glitzy LED board in parc ferme on Sunday - Seven Things You Missed From The Singapore Grand Prix

Hamilton parked his race-winning Mercedes on a glitzy LED board in parc ferme on Sunday - Seven Things You Missed From The Singapore Grand Prix

Hamilton parked his race-winning Mercedes on a glitzy LED board in parc ferme on Sunday

Safety car run continues

This was the 11th Singapore Grand Prix and Esteban Ocon’s crash on the opening lap ensured that the circuit continued a trend of having had a safety car deployed at every single event it has held.

Since the event’s 2008 debut, the safety car has now appeared 15 times and it has been needed on the opening lap for the past three races.

Safety car has been ever-present at the Singapore GP and this year made its 15th appearance - Seven Things You Missed From The Singapore Grand Prix

Safety car has been ever-present at the Singapore GP and this year made its 15th appearance - Seven Things You Missed From The Singapore Grand Prix

Safety car has been ever-present at the Singapore GP and this year made its 15th appearance

Force India forced into Twitter delete

There was fury at Force India when Sergio Perez and Sergey Sirotkin collided, and on Twitter the team accused the Russian of having ‘torpedoed’ their driver.

But the team hastily deleted the tweet and followed up with an apology after seeing that it was Perez who was fully to blame for the crash, with the Mexican being given a drive through penalty.

  - Seven Things You Missed From The Singapore Grand Prix

  - Seven Things You Missed From The Singapore Grand Prix

 

Alonso the lone star

It is not often Alonso and McLaren have been able to run a perfect race in their four years together but the stars aligned for the Woking outfit, who were a distant best of the rest on Sunday.

Behind the big three teams, Alonso secured a very comfortable seventh and the Spaniard at one point had the fastest lap accolade too, only for Kevin Magnussen to snatch it away.

Fernando Alonso drove to an outstanding seventh place for McLaren in the best of the rest - Seven Things You Missed From The Singapore Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso drove to an outstanding seventh place for McLaren in the best of the rest - Seven Things You Missed From The Singapore Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso drove to an outstanding seventh place for McLaren in the best of the rest

Lewis is finally caught

No driver could touch Hamilton on the track, and only the world champion’s team were able to catch him at Marina Bay.

In the typical post-race Mercedes celebrations, Hamilton usually manages to scamper away from the champagne spraying after a team photo. 

But on this occasion two team members caught up and cornered the Brit, resigned to his fate, before giving him a soaking.

 

 

 

Hamilton was chased down by a Mercedes colleague spraying champagne post-race - Seven Things You Missed From The Singapore Grand Prix

Hamilton was chased down by a Mercedes colleague spraying champagne post-race - Seven Things You Missed From The Singapore Grand Prix

Hamilton was chased down by a Mercedes colleague spraying champagne post-race

Simply Red Bull

It may be a street race, and an attractive one at that with its under the lights appeal, but Singapore still doesn’t pull in the celebrities like Monaco does.  

Famous faces were not easy to spot at Marina Bay although comedian Jimmy Carr was a guest at Mercedes, even getting to sit in Hamilton’s car, while singer Mick Hucknall spent time with the Red Bull team.

 



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