Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen wiped out in first lap carnage

Kimi Raikkonen had a low-key opening day in Singapore- Credit Scuderia Ferrari

"Obviously it sucks being on the wrong side of the track now, but that's what it is", Vettel shrugged after returning to the paddock.

Stewards summoned Vettel, Raikkonen and Verstappen to a meeting after the race.

Hamilton controlled the race from then on, leading every lap as he finished ahead of Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull and the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas was third.

The safety vehicle is then immediately enter the track, while the Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who started in fifth position on the grid, took advantage of this accident to take the lead of the race.

"But I am sure there will be more opportunities".

"You will have to manage things for yourself", said his race engineer, rendered helpless by the lack of data.

With three safety vehicle interruptions, the race ended with 58 of the 61 laps completed after hitting the two-hour mark.

Vettel, who was on the outside and moved over to cover the inside line as Verstappen and Raikkonen approached on his left, said it was not clear what had happened.

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Though the race had seemed posed to be a fight between Ferrari and Red Bull for victory, that all changed seconds after the lights went out.

"If you are fighting for the title you shouldn't take those risks". I didn't see that much.

"Today we didn't have the Friday pace we showed in practice and I'm a little bit disappointed to miss out on a win but have to be happy to get another podium".

"I had an average start and then went to the left trying to fend off Max and the next thing I get a bump on the side and see Kimi's auto".

The first lap incident left Verstappen, who has now had seven retirements this season, unimpressed with Vettel.

The incident brought out the safety vehicle and allowed Hamilton into a lead he would keep through two more safety auto periods and a perfectly-timed switch to dry weather tyres.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso retired after being caught in the opening lap drama. The safety vehicle was also deployed on lap 11 when Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat crashed into the barriers.

The remaining cars had to pass through the through the pit lane behind the safety vehicle as the marshals cleared the debris at turn one.

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