Lewis Hamilton has hailed his victory in the Singapore GP as a “monumental moment” for Mercedes.
The Silver Arrows were expected to struggle against Red Bull and Ferrari at a circuit which has traditionally punished the characteristics of their car
But after storming to pole position, Hamilton delivered a frontrunning masterclass to claim victory over Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel – and extend his championship lead to 40 points.
“Coming here and knowing the performance of Red Bulls…if you look at the history, they have always been on the first two rows for probably the last 10 years, or at least the last eight,” said Hamilton.
“And the Ferraris, at least the last five or six years, have been right there as well. They had picked up their pace and we knew that they would be spectacular here this weekend and so it was going to take something quite special for us to leapfrog them.
“I know that not a single member of the hierarchy, like James Vowles or Toto (Wolff) probably, really didn’t think that was possible yesterday – maybe more of them.
“So it was really quite a monumental moment for us as a team.”
Hamilton added: “Definitely didn’t expect to come to Singapore with 10 points more [in the lead of the title]. But I’m very grateful for those points and for all the hard work the team have put in.”