Underneath the gleaning Singapore lights and heavy rainfall, this was Formula One at its beautiful best. Lining up on the grid at the start of the first ever night wet-race, this should've been Ferrari's race from start to finish.
Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel dominated qualifying on Saturday, lapping a whole half-second quicker than Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes. However, once the lights went out on Sunday, chaos, carnage and disaster ensued for the Scuderia.
Max Verstappen got off to a flyer on the front row alongside Vettel. The German made an attempt to cover off Verstappen's speedy start by veering to his left. At the same time, his team-mate Raikkonen made a dash up the inside of Verstappen. The result was a funnelled Red Bull that had nowhere to go but be rammed by Raikonnen, who then careered into Vettel, causing irreparable damage to his car. An out-of-control Raikonnen then spun back into Verstappen at the first corner to end his race, too.
The Dutchman's retirement was out of his hands and extends his terrible run of form. The Ferraris escaped punishment, but the damage had already been done. Hamilton, a bystander who watched the carnage in-front of him unfold, couldn't believe his luck. The Briton went onto win the race, the unlikeliest of victories for Mercedes this season, to extend his lead to 28 points. With only five races left, this is Hamilton's championship to lose.