Hamilton has victory formula

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BIG LEAP: Hamilton has taken another big stride towards the title. Credit: @Lewis Hamilton/Twitter

MERCEDES driver Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory in the Singapore Grand Prix to strengthen his hold on this year’s World Championship.

Hamilton’s brilliantly controlled drive from a pole position was helped by the latest in a series of questionable strategy calls from Ferrari.

It dropped Hamilton’s title rival Sebastian Vettel from second to third behind Max Verstappen, throwing away a position the German had earned by overtaking the Red Bull driver on the first lap.

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While Vettel was left to question his team once again this season. Hamilton’s only worrying moment was caused by back markers at about two-thirds distance.

Haas driver Romain Grosjean and Williams’ Sergey Sirotkin ignored the closing Hamilton in the heat of their battle for position, and cost him his five-second advantage over Verstappen.

Hamilton had to fend off an attack from Verstappen into Turn Seven as a result, which he just managed to do, and Grosjean was later given a five-second penalty for his misdemeanour.

Hamilton’s victory, with Vettel third behind Verstappen, extended the Briton’s advantage over the German in the championship to 40 points with six races and a maximum of 150 points remaining.

“We are going from strength to strength in terms of our understanding of the car,” said the Briton.

“But it is not the end.”

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