Lewis Hamilton took advantage of a first-corner pile-up to win the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday and move closer to a fourth Formula One world title.
He increased his lead over title rival Sebastian Vettel from three to 28 points with six races left – the German was sent crashing out within seconds of the start following a spectacular crash involving the two Ferraris and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.
It was a huge stroke of luck for Hamilton, who had started the race fifth on the grid admitting he needed a miracle to stop pole-sitter Vettel regaining the world championship lead.
Lewis Hamilton took advantage of a first-corner pile-up to win the Singapore Grand Prix
Hamilton, 32, said: ‘I could have finished fifth and come out a lot worse. But the conditions were fortunate, fell in our direction, and we capitalised on it. I was blessed by God today.’
Hamilton also explained how Ayrton Senna helped him seal the Singapore Grand Prix, a win that put him in a commanding position in the world championship table.
Although Hamilton was the beneficiary of an accident that knocked out his title rival Vettel, the Mercedes man still had to get his car safely home in wet conditions. He said: ‘Every now and then Senna pops into my mind.