Vettel, Raikkonen, Verstappen crash out on first lap in Singapore (VIDEO)

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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.