Lewis Hamilton believes he and his Mercedes team are in the best possible position to close out the Formula One world championship after his win at the Singapore Grand Prix. The British driver took a dominant victory from pole position and his title rival Sebastian Vettel could manage only third, ensuring Hamilton now has a 40-point lead with just six races remaining.
Ferrari were expected to be on top at the Marina Bay circuit and they were until Hamilton put in an exceptional lap to take pole. The Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, described it as “stardust” and the best lap he had ever seen. Hamilton and Mercedes followed it with a perfectly executed race that Ferrari could not match, their aggressive strategy was unsuccessful and Vettel was unable to challenge.
Hamilton has now won four of the last five races and the four-time world champion believed he could keep the momentum going. “We are going from strength to strength in terms of our understanding of the car,” he said. “We are far more comfortable at our job now. Six races ago we were struggling and trying to find that bit of magic, but we have now figured the car out.”
He is now firmly on the front foot to win his fifth title. If Hamilton secured second place at the remaining meetings, Vettel would have to win them all to be champion. However Hamilton insisted the aim was to seal the championship as soon as possible.