Lewis Hamilton moved on top of the 65th season of formula one drivers’ world championship table on Sunday when he claimed victory in the Singapore Grand Prix. The 29 year old Briton, 2008 world champion led from pole position and dominated the 61-laps race getting past Sebastian Vettel in the final stage to finish first on the podium. It was a bad day for his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg who limped out of the race due to electronic problems. Rosberg entered the Marina Bay street night race, 22 points clear of Hamilton. With the win, Hamilton moved up to 241 points, three clear of Rosberg, with five races remaining in the championship.
The Mercedes couple have been fierce competitors since the start of the season. However,their friendship did hit the rock bottom in Belgium when Hamilton’s car retired after being hit by Rosberg who eventually finished second on the podium. A war of words followed between the two and the Mercedes boss had to step in between to break the ice. Since then they have been sharing a love-hate relationship while trying to outshine each other on the formula 1 circuits.
Meanwhile the Mercedes team is on top of the world’s constructor championship table with 479 points way ahead of last time champions Red bull-Renault. Red bull has been struggling since the introduction of the revised engine formula at the start of the season. The four time defending world champion, Sebastian Vettel has regrettably not won any circuit this season and is virtually out of the game having just 124 points from 14 races. His associate Kimi Raikkonen, who replaced the retired Mark Webber this season has finished on top of the podium thrice and is on the third place in the drivers’ rankings still having an outside chance for the title. The Indian team Force India is enjoying its best season ever with a current position of 5th in the constructors’ table.
Nevertheless, the story of the season has been the Mercedes’ drivers who will renew their rivalry in the Japanese Grand Prix as one of the most tense and closely fought championships in recent years.