There was carnage on the first lap of the Singapore GP as Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen all collided into Turn One.
And it could have serious ramifications for Vettel’s championship hopes as all three drivers were forced to retire their cars after the dramatic crash.
Verstappen was starting on the front row behind Vettel at lights out with the rain pouring down at Marina Bay, but as he tried to cover off the Red Bull he squeezed the Dutchman into his Ferrari team-mate.
Both Raikkonen and Verstappen pulled over and were immediately out of the race, with Daniel Ricciardo also hit, while Vettel sustained major damage to his Ferrari and dropped to the back of the field.
He soon retired his car as a Safety Car was deployed.
And what’s more, Vettel’s title rival and championship leader Lewis Hamilton led the race after the chaotic start to the race despite starting in fifth. Vettel was looking to take the Drivers’ Championship advantage after storming to pole on Saturday.
“That could be a championship defining moment,” said Martin Brundle. “I think it’s Vettel’s fault as he didn’t realise his team-mate was there and squeezed Verstappen,” Brundle says.
“If you’re going to blame anybody, you have to blame Vettel. There was nowhere Verstappen could go.”
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