Hamilton ‘happy’ with Singapore podium finish

Lewis Hamilton said he was "pretty happy" with getting some vital drivers’ championship points at Formula One’s first-ever night-time race in Singapore.

Hamilton’s old rival, two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, won the race but it was more significant that his new rival, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, could only manage thirteenth place.

The 23-year-old Brit’s mature performance to clinch third spot now means he enjoys a seven-point lead over second-placed Massa in the title race.

The result will be some consolation for having the time penalty he endured in the Belgian Grand Prix upheld by an appeal court.

This time it was Massa’s turn to collect a time penalty. The Brazilian led the race until taking a disastrous pit stop after the 20th lap which he left prematurely with the fuel rig and hose still attached to his car. He also knocked over a mechanic who needed medical attention

Hamilton managed to avoid such mishaps and by following team instructions to hold on to third place rather than risk overtaking, will now approach the final three races of the season with improved confidence about his prospects of winning the coveted F1 crown.

Written by James Christie

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