F1 driver standings: Hamilton establishes commanding lead

Sunday, 16 september 2018, 11:14 , by Martin Macdonald

A low-key Singapore Grand Prix proved to be just the tonic for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, with the Brit's straightforward victory from pole position - his 44th triumph from the front of the grid - moving both him and his team into a commanding position. 

Hamilton now has a 40-point gap over rival Sebastian Vettel, who was left frustrated by Ferrari's unorthodox performance in terms of team strategy and had to settle for third. 

Mercedes meanwhile opened up a 37-point advantage over Ferrari in the constructor's championship. 

DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Lewis Hamilton | MERCEDES | 281
2 Sebastian Vettel | FERRARI | 241
3 Kimi Raikkonen | FERRARI | 174
4 Valtteri Bottas | MERCEDES | 171
5 Max Verstappen | RED BULL RACING |148
6 Daniel Ricciardo | RED BULL RACING | 126
7 Nico Hulkenberg | RENAULT | 53
8 Fernando Alonso | MCLAREN | 50
9 Kevin Magnussen | HAAS | 49
10 Sergio Perez | FORCE INDIA | 46
11 Esteban Ocon | FORCE INDIA | 45
12 Carlos Sainz | RENAULT | 38
13 Pierre Gasly | SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO | 28
14 Romain Grosjean | HAAS | 27
15 Charles Leclerc | SAUBER | 15
16 Stoffel Vandoorne | MCLAREN | 8
17 Lance Stroll | WILLIAMS | 6
18 Marcus Ericsson | SAUBER | 6
19 Brendon Hartley | SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO | 2
20 Sergey Sirotkin | WILLIAMS | 1

CONSTRUCTOR'S CHAMPIONSHIP

1 MERCEDES | 452
2 FERRARI | 415
3 RED BULL RACING | 274
4 RENAULT | 91
5 HAAS | 76
6 MCLAREN | 58
7 FORCE INDIA | 32
8 SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO | 30
9 SAUBER | 21
10 WILLIAMS | 7

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