Sebastian Vettel crashes out on Singapore GP first lap

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    • The start of the Singapore Grand Prix could not have gone any worse for Ferrari 
    • Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel crashed out in a chaotic first lap
    • Raikkonen collided with Verstappen off the line, with Vettel later spinning out
    • Vettel started on pole but the chaos left Lewis Hamilton set to make big gains

    Tom Bassam For Mailonline

    The start of the Singapore Grand Prix could not have gone any worse for Ferrari as a chaotic first lap left them with no drivers left in the race.

    Off the start line, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel sandwiched Max Verstappen in his the Red Bull and all three made contact. Raikkonen was quick out of the blocks and hit Verstappen, spearing sideways into his team-mate.

    Raikkonen continued in his damaged Ferrari, sweeping into Verstappen again at turn one, before collecting Fernando Alonso in a secondary collision. 

    The start of the Singapore Grand Prix could not have gone any worse for Ferrari

    The start of the Singapore Grand Prix could not have gone any worse for Ferrari

    Off the start line, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel sandwiched Max Verstappen

    Off the start line, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel sandwiched Max Verstappen

    Off the start line, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel sandwiched Max Verstappen

    Vettel was able to continue but lost control of his Ferrari and spun out on turn five

    Vettel was able to continue but lost control of his Ferrari and spun out on turn five

    Vettel was able to continue but lost control of his Ferrari and spun out on turn five

    Vettel, whose car was not fatally damaged in the incident lost control and spun out 

    Vettel, whose car was not fatally damaged in the incident lost control and spun out 

    Vettel, whose car was not fatally damaged in the incident lost control and spun out 

    Further round the lap, Vettel, whose car was not fatally damaged in the incident lost control and spun out.

    The German, second in the driver’s championship, admitted he was at fault as his race ended on lap one, apologising to his team on race radio.

    He said: ‘I think I have damage on the front left.’ The race engineer replied: ‘Big damage on the sidepod, stop the car. Stop the car.’

    Verstappen looked livid as he left his battered Red Bull car on the Marina Bay Street Circuit

    Verstappen looked livid as he left his battered Red Bull car on the Marina Bay Street Circuit

    Verstappen looked livid as he left his battered Red Bull car on the Marina Bay Street Circuit

    The first lap chaos, started with the Raikkonen collision handed Lewis Hamilton the advantage

    The first lap chaos, started with the Raikkonen collision handed Lewis Hamilton the advantage

    The first lap chaos, started with the Raikkonen collision handed Lewis Hamilton the advantage

    Vettel then said: ‘You sure?’ With the engineer confirming their intention: ‘Yes, stop the car now.’

    Drawing an apology from Vettel: ‘Sorry guys. Sorry. Really sorry.’

    The remaining cars had to pass through the through the pit lane behind the safety car as the marshals cleared the debris at turn one. 

    Vettel started on pole with driver’s championship rival Lewis Hamilton fifth, but with three of the drivers who started ahead of the Briton on the grid out of the race the Mercedes driver received an unlikely break.

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