The race for the Formula 1 world championship in 2017 took a massive twist at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix as a start-line crash eliminated title contender Sebastian Vettel, alongside Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen.
Vettel arrived in Singapore looking to move back into the lead of the drivers’ championship after falling three points behind Lewis Hamilton last time out at Monza, and was poised to do so after taking pole.
Rain in the lead-up to lights out offered F1’s first ever wet night race, with Verstappen and Raikkonen both moving quickly to try and dive down the inside of Vettel.
Verstappen got caught between the two Ferraris, causing him to send Raikkonen spinning across the front of his car and into the path of Vettel, leaving all three with damage.
Raikkonen and Verstappen retired on the spot, while Vettel crashed after trying to get back to the pits due to the damage sustained, also retiring.
Lewis Hamilton was able to dodge the drama and take the lead of the race, and is now poised to extend his advantage over Vettel in the championship.
New Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has cancelled the FIA Formula E Championship’s planned season four finale, which was set for two races on July 28 and 29, 2018, citing what was termed a “financial fiasco.”
Plante was elected to replace Denis Coderre in the role, and didn’t follow Coderre’s support of the event.
She announced the news today citing financial and logistical challenges she didn’t feel the city could overcome.
Via a report in the CBC, Plante’s administration estimated a potential cost of up to $35 million would needed to be paid by the city’s taxpayers for the event’s second running. Additionally, a nonprofit organization reportedly owes creditors some $9.5 million.
Plante revealed details today in a series of messages posted on Twitter, which you can see in order below.
A Formula E spokesperson supplied a statement of the surprise news to e-racing365.com:
Formula E’s fourth season underwent one calendar change with a return to Punta Del Este, Uruguay replacing a cancelled race in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Whether a replacement can be sourced for this race weekend will now remain to be seen.