No further action over first-lap incident
17 September 2017 – No further action has been taken over the first-lap incident involving Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen and Red Bull's Max Verstappen at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Vettel made a sluggish getaway from pole position and moved over on Verstappen on the approach to Turn 1, while a fast-starting Räikkönen dived up the inside.
As they bunched together, Verstappen and Räikkönen collided, with Räikkönen getting pitched into Vettel and all three drivers picking up terminal damage.
Räikkönen was a passenger as he slid towards Turn 1, where he again made contact with Verstappen, who then hit McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso.
Stewards investigated the incident post-race but opted against any further action, determining that "no driver was found to have been wholly or predominantly to blame".
"Driver of car 7 [Räikkönen] had a very good start and was able to attempt overtaking of car 33 [Verstappen] on the left hand side," read a note from the stewards.
"At the same time, car 5 [Vettel], which had a slower start, moved to the left hand side of the track; car 33 and car 7 then collided, resulting in a chain collision with car 5 and ultimately car 14 [Alonso] at the next turn.
"Cars 7, 5 and 33 had to retire immediately as a result of the incident; car 14 retired some laps thereafter.
"The stewards consider that no driver was found to have been wholly or predominantly to blame for the incident and will therefore take no further action."
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton profited from the drama and went on to win the race, meaning he is now 28 points clear of Vettel in the championship battle.