Sebastian Vettel recovered from a heart-stopping track invasion by an unidentified fan on Sunday as he convincingly won the Singapore Grand Prix and closed the gap on Mercedes.
Ferrari’s Vettel led wire-to-wire for his third win this year, ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, with championship leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes forced out with mechanical problems.
But Germany’s Vettel had a major shock on lap 36 when he spotted a man walking on the track, a bizarre incident which brought the race to a temporary halt.
“There’s a man on the track!” he yelled over the team radio, as the safety car came out for the second time in the floodlit night race.
The disruption was the closest Vettel came to an upset and there were echoes of his quadruple world title romp with Red Bull as he calmly won by 1.4 seconds.
Results from the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday:
1. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 308.828 km in 2hr 01min 22.118sec (average speed: 152.673 km/h)
2. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull) at 1.478
3. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari) at 17.154
4. Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes) at 24.720
5. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams) at 34.204
6. Daniil Kvyat (RUS/Red Bull) at 35.508
7. Sergio Perez (MEX/Force India) at 50.836
8. Max Verstappen (NED/Toro Rosso) at 51.450
9. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Toro Rosso) at 52.860
10. Felipe Nasr (BRA/Sauber AG) at 1:30.045
11. Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber AG) at 1:37.507
12. Pastor Maldonado (VEN/Lotus) at 1:37.718
13. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Lotus) at 2 laps
14. Alexander Rossi (USA/Marussia) at 2 laps
15. Will Stevens (GBR/Marussia) at 2 laps
– Agence France-Presse