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Rosberg hangs on to win Singapore Grand Prix, Hamilton finishes third

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Nico Rosberg produced a wire to wire victory at the Singapore Grand Prix to re-take over the lead of the Formula One Drivers' Championship from his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who finished third. Rosberg's win was his third straight after the summer break in what has been an incredible season of momentum swings from one Mercedes star to the other.

Rosberg had to battle hard to stay ahead of Red Bull's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo who charged hard in the last few laps to come in second, just 0.488 seconds behind the German, whose decision to stay out on wearing tyres was justified in the end. Hamilton was third, 8.038 seconds behind as the Briton fell eight points behind Rosberg in the drivers' standings.

Rosberg shared after the race, "That was a fantastic weekend! In the past the Singapore track has not treated me so well, so this win is a very special one and an even more emotional one for me. The weekend started perfectly with a good qualifying session. Then, I had a good start and was able to keep the Red Bulls and the Ferraris behind me - both of which had beaten us comfortably last year. It was a bit tight at the end after Daniel (Ricciardo) did a clever pit stop timing wise. If I would have also pitted I would have come out behind him because I was stuck in traffic on my in-lap, so we chose the best strategy to stay out and a big thanks to the team for that. It's great that we learned from our mistakes last year and won at what is clearly a Red Bull track. This shows the competence and strength of our engineering group. I look forward to Malaysia now - but first I will definitely celebrate this win tonight!"

Kimi Raikkonen led his teammate Sebastian Vettel across to the line as Ferrari claimed fourth and fifth positions. Vettel had started from the back of the grid after not being able to participate in qualifying after suffering a fault.

Raikkonen will probably feel that he let a podium place slip through his fingers by deciding to pit late in the race, which pushed him behind Hamilton with the Ferrari unable to make up the place on the quicker Mercedes, despite Raikkonen having passed Hamilton earlier on the track. Had Raikkonen opted to stay out like Rosberg, he probably could have nursed his car through till the end and grabbed the third and last place on the podium. Instead, it was Lewis Hamilton, who celebrated his 50th podium finish since joining the Mercedes team.

Hamilton shared after the race, "A difficult day and a difficult weekend. At one stage it looked like I might even miss out on the podium but fortunately it didn't work out that way. It was an okay start. I didn't lose any ground which is a good thing after the last one. But then I was struggling so much after the Safety Car went in. The brakes were near critical temperature for most of the race, so I kept having to back off to cool them down. I then ended up making a mistake and ran wide which let Kimi past. Fortunately, with the car a bit lighter, I was able to bring the temperatures down, push a bit more on fresh tyres and get back past him in the stops. Pace and strategy weren't the issue - it was all down to the brakes. I was just watching the leaders pull away right from the start, so P3 was the maximum today. If that's the worst weekend of the year, I'll definitely take it. These things are sent to try us and now I'm just looking forward to the next one and a chance to give it another shot. I need a couple of strong weekends to get back to where I need to be. "

Max Verstappen finished sixth in his Red Bull, ahead of Spaniard Fernando Alonso in a McLaren. The race was interrupted early when a dramatic crash right after the start saw Nico Hulkenberg crash into the wall before reaching the first corner.

The safety car came out immediately and Jenson Button's McLaren had to go into the pits to repair damage on the front wing while Valtteri Bottas' Williams had a left-rear puncture most likely from contact between the two cars.

The win leaves Rosberg with 273 points to Hamilton's 265 with 6 races to follow.