Rosberg claims Singapore glory

Rosberg claims Singapore glory

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg has won the Singapore Grand Prix to leapfrog team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers' Championship standings.

The German, who started Sunday's race in pole position, had to withstand a late surge from Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo to eventually claim the victory by precisely 0.488 seconds.

The 31-year-old has now won all three races since the summer break, following his successes at Spa and Monza, and he has now moved back to the top of the championship standings, eight points clear of nearest rival Hamilton, who had to be content with a third-place finish at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Hamilton did manage to overhaul Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen during the closing stages to claim a podium finish, while the other Ferrari driver, Sebastian Vettel, battled back from the back of the grid to secure a more than credible fifth-place finish.

The rest of the top ten was made up by Red Bull's Max Verstappen, Fernando Alonso of McLaren, Force India's Sergio Perez, Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso and Renault's Kevin Magnussen.

There was also drama in the opening stages of the race as Force India's Nico Hulkenberg crashed off the line, forcing a delay followed by a short Safety Car period.

There are now just six races left in the season, starting with the Malaysian Grand Prix that is due to take place on October 2.