Sebastian Vettel's hopes of moving back into the lead of the Formula 1 drivers' championship have been ruined after a three-driver crash also involving Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen at Turn 1.

Light rain in the lead-up to the start gave F1 its first ever wet night race, with drivers taking a mix of intermediate and wet tyres for the getaway from the grid.

Raikkonen and Verstappen made good starts to gain on Vettel, with the trio running three-abreast on the run down to the inside of the corner.

Verstappen got caught between the two Ferraris, spinning Raikkonen across the front of his car and into the path of Vettel, leaving the championship contender with damage to his car.

Verstappen and Raikkonen were eliminated on the spot, while Vettel spun by his own accord due to the damage sustained, causing himself to retire from the race.

Lewis Hamilton dodged the drama to move into the lead, and now has a golden opportunity to extend his points lead over Vettel.


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