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Lewis Hamilton: "I could not be happier"

Lewis Hamilton says that he is delighted after a first-round crash cleared the way for him to win the Singapore Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he is delighted with his victory today after what proved to be a dramatic race in Singapore.

The Mercedes man opened up a 28-point lead at the top of the driver rankings courtesy of the victory, which came after nearest rival Sebastian Vettel was forced out in the first lap following a collision with Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen.

Vettel's early exit allowed Hamilton - starting fifth on the grid - to capitalise and take top spot on the podium, with Daniel Ricciardo finishing second and Valtteri Bottas coming in third.

"I want to congratulate my team, they did a fantastic job," he told Sky Sports News. "We struggled yesterday [in qualifying] and we had no idea what would happen today. We were fortunate with what happened with the Ferraris at the beginning but I could not be happier.

"I capitalised on the incident. Who would know what would happen? Daniel put up a really good fight today. I hoped I would get to race Sebastian at the beginning. Of course it is better the way it is."

Next up in the calendar is the Malaysian Grand Prix in a fortnight.

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Saturday's key events


ROWING
· Two-time Olympic gold medallist and comeback queen Helen Glover teams up with Polly Swan in the heats of the women's pair (12.30am-4.30am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Two-time Rio gold medallist Max Whitlock leads Team GB's charge in the men's qualification, while Rhys McClenaghan flies the flag for Ireland (2am-2pm)

SHOOTING
· The first gold medal of the Games will be awarded in the Air Rifle women's final (from 2.45am)

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· The men's road race should be a wide-open thriller, with Team GB among those going for gold (3am-10am)

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· Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are among the names in action on the opening day of tennis (from 3am)

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· Adam Peaty and many others get their Olympics campaigns underway on the opening day of swimming (11am-12.50pm)

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