'It felt like the longest race of my life' - Singapore victor Hamilton

Formula One World Championship

Max Verstappen has revealed an engine cut-out cost him a shot at beating Lewis Hamilton to Singapore Grand Prix pole, after what he believes was his best Formula 1 qualifying.

Max Verstappen says he didn't want to take the risk on passing Singapore Grand Prix victor Lewis Hamilton when being held up by back markers during the race.

The four-time Formula One champion recorded his seventh win of the season and 69th of his F1 career.

Vettel's championship bid crumbled when he crashed from pole here a year ago and went on to lose the title by 46 points to Hamilton.

Vettel, who had looked dominant in practice, has struggled to stamp his authority on the title race in a Ferrari regarded as superior to all of his rivals.

Ricciardo finished in sixth just under a second behind Hamilton and close to Raikkonen in fifth.

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Verstappen says that it was a shame he lost a place at the start, but praises the team for selecting a great strategy that helped him push back up to second place.

"I don't want to count off a podium next year but I think realistically it has to come under some circumstances, if it's a bit of a insane race like Baku 2016 or something".

"It's not what we wanted today to get third". The second incident of race took place on lap 34 when a frustrated Perez collided with Sirotkin, pushing the Mexican to the back of the grid.

"We didn't come here expecting to lose 10 points", a seething Vettel told reporters after finishing behind Hamilton and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.

Verstappen was mere inches behind Hamilton as they rounded Turn 9 but the Briton stayed ahead and quickly re-asserted an authority that he never relinquished.

Valtteri Bottas was fifth fastest in the second Mercedes, ahead of Renault's Carlos Sainz, Haas' Romain Grosjean, McLaren's Fernando Alonso and Vettel down in ninth place after completing just 12 laps.

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"For us it was a bit of a messy qualifying", he said.

"It's so hard to overtake here, " Hamilton said.

Moments later, Vettel passed Verstappen with a great move on Raffles boulevard while behind them Sergio Perez knocked his Force India teammate Esteban Ocon into the wall and out - bringing a safety vehicle onto the track for four laps.

Vettel then botched qualifying in Hungary, again in the rain, as Hamilton took pole and won to stretch his series lead.

When the race re-started, Ferrari gambled on pitting first for new tires by bringing in Vettel first.

Vettel's frustration increased as Hamilton rejoined in front and then boiled over as Verstappen jumped him when he too pitted for softs. By contrast, Vettel has two wins, a second, a third, a fourth and one retirement.

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