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Singapore F1 Grand Prix 2016 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2016

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg drives during the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix in Singapore on September 18, 2016. / AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN        (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Nico Rosberg sailed to the top of the Formula One drivers' standings on Sunday after he held off a late assault from Red Bull star Daniel Ricciardo to win the 2016 Singapore Grand Prix.  

The Mercedes driver topped the podium to take the overall standings lead from team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who could only manage a third-place finish behind Rosberg and Ricciardo.

The Singapore night sky lit up for Rosberg following the win, and the German could only express his satisfaction following a hard-fought triumph:

Formula 1 @F1

ROSBERG: "Yes guys, COME ON!" 📻 #SingaporeGP 🇸🇬 #F1NightRace 🌃 https://t.co/Qu9iNOgSRQ

Sebastian Vettel started last on the grid after suffering a penalty in qualifying but recovered to take fifth behind Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who was unfortunate to miss out on the top three.

Nico Hulkenberg lasted just four seconds in Sunday's race after a grid collision with Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz saw him career into the wall.

Ricciardo's Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen was forced to settle for sixth place after a tricky night outing in Singapore, while Fernando Alonso finished seventh and Sergio Perez clinched eighth.

Here's how the classification ended after Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix, via the official Formula One Twitter account:

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PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION: ROS wins to go back on top of the driver standings #SingaporeGP 🇸🇬 #F1NightRace 🌃 https://t.co/sEMwaNJ5fU

Here's how the driver standings look after Rosberg snatched the lead for his own at Marina Bay:

2016 Formula 1 Driver Standings
PositionDriverPoints
1Nico Rosberg273
2Lewis Hamilton265
3Daniel Ricciardo179
4Sebastian Vettel153
5Kimi Raikkonen148
6Max Verstappen129
7Valtteri Bottas70
8Sergio Perez66
9Nico Hulkenberg46
10Felipe Massa41
11Fernando Alonso36
12Carlos Sainz30
13Romain Grosjean28
14Daniil Kvyat25
15Jenson Button17
16Kevin Magnussen7
17Pascal Wehrlein1
18Stoffel Vandoorne1
19Esteban Gutierrez0
20Jolyon Palmer0
21Marcus Ericsson0
22Felipe Nasr0
23Rio Haryanto0
24Esteban Ocon0
Source: Formula1.com

For a breakdown of the Formula One driver standings in full, visit the official Formula One website.

      

Recap

Pole leader Rosberg made an emphatic start to Sunday's outing and zipped into a swift lead from the off, but the exact opposite was the case for Hulkenberg, whose race was over almost before it had begun.

Former F1 driver Giedo van der Garde could only express his sympathy for Force India driver Hulkenberg, who was cleared of any blame by the stewards for his role in the clash:

Giedo van der Garde @GvanderGarde

Hulkenberg trying out the 3 wheel Ferrari tactic...? Such a shame for my friend. #F1 #Singapore https://t.co/VTLNHQ45Rc

The early drama didn't stop there, though, as a track marshal only just escaped contact with Rosberg after the virtual safety car concluded its work, as shown by F1 Fanatic:

RaceFans @racefansdotnet

Poor marshal running for his life... #F1 #SingaporeGP https://t.co/Ztwlq1vm9b

Tensions settled following those early controversies, and Vettel could be seen making his way up the order after starting last on the grid, rising into the top 10 after just 15 laps and up to seventh after 18.

Ferrari's major positive was Raikkonen, however, and the Finn flyer managed to grab the lead before pitting, but he returned to push his way back ahead of Hamilton and into P3, per F1 on NBC Sports:

F1 on NBC Sports @F1onNBCSports

Raikkonen is through! A great overtake from the Iceman to squeeze into third place, capitalizing on an error from Hamilton #F1onNBC

Hamilton was experiencing brake problems for much of his race and made as much clear over the team radio, and he and Raikkonen proceeded to engage in a tug-of-war for a place on the podium.

Rosberg managed to hold down his lead ahead of Red Bull's Ricciardo, but the official F1 Twitter account noted it wasn't the German recording the fastest lap times:

Formula 1 @F1

FASTEST LAPS (LAP 25/61) ❄️🇲️🇦️🇳️ = 🔥 #SingaporeGP 🇸🇬 #F1NightRace 🌃 https://t.co/RJDDi5PjD8

Meanwhile, Jenson Button ended a miserable weekend in Singapore after becoming the fourth retirement of the race, joining Hulkenberg, Romain Grosjean and Valtteri Bottas among the early departures.

Hamilton changed to the supersofts on his 46th lap, and it immediately paid dividends as the reigning champion got past Raikkonen once again to take third, much to the enjoyment of his colleagues in the garage. 

Pit tactics also came to play a major role in the race's climax as numerous drivers altered their approach in an attempt to save precious seconds over the final circuits, with varying success.

With 10 laps remaining, Rosberg boasted a cushion of around 17 seconds over Ricciardo, and the Red Bull camp were eager to remind the Australian Sunday's race was there for the taking, per Sky Sports F1:

Sky Sports F1 🏎 @SkySportsF1

"At current pace you'll catch him with four laps to go," Ricciardo is told. LIVE: https://t.co/CJyjW3UfI8 #SkyF1 https://t.co/EyFgVdcwbi

Rosberg's advantage had crumbled to a little more than five seconds with four laps left, but Ricciardo's momentum slowed at a critical stage as the Mercedes marvel succeeded in holding his enemy at bay.

Sunday's victory means Rosberg also sealed three successive race wins for the second time this season, not to mention reclaiming the standings lead in preparation for the Malaysian Grand Prix in a fortnight's time.

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