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19 September, 2016

Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg of Germany gets out of his vehicle after he crashed into the track wall at the start of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix.

The race restarted and Rosberg would have been startled to see a marshal at the end of the start-finish straight picking up debris, the man just managing to get off the circuit before the Mercedes reached him.

"It was so close at the end, how it should be in Formula One", the Austrian told reporters after Rosberg held on to win by 0.488 seconds and team mate Lewis Hamilton held off Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen for third.

Rosberg will now go to Malaysia in two weeks eight points up on Hamilton with six of this season's 21 races remaining.

Rosberg held the race for most of the night, with only losing his position during his scheduled pits stops and even during the only safety vehicle period in the race on the opening lap, when Nico Hulkenberg got sandwiched in between the Toro Rossos of Carlos Sainz Jr. and Dani Kvyat, spinning around and striking the wall. Held as a night race under floodlights, the Singapore GP has been held every single year since 2008, with a contract extending through to 2017.

Grosjean was out of his Haas just about the same time the formation lap was taking place, he suffered a brake related problem in his vehicle.

Ricciardo and Red Bull can take pride in the fact that they pushed Mercedes real hard and, in the driver's words, "made things exciting".

"It has been an awesome weekend in Singapore for me", said Rosberg, who has won the last three races since the summer break.

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Rosberg led from lights-to-flag, but came under pressure in the final part of the race when Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo switched to a three-stop strategy and went on the attack.

"By the time I started the last lap, I knew it was going to be enough because Daniel's tyres weren't that fresh anymore".

"The brakes were on the limit but we know, that's expected but it worked out fine. I don't have the best of memories here, this track hasn't treated me well here in the past so today is a good one".

Also in the points were seventh-placed Fernando Alonso in a McLaren, followed by Sergio Perez in a Force India, Daniil Kvyat in a Toro Rosso and Kevin Magnussen in a Renault.

"This weekend has been a tricky one for me but I'm just happy to get on the podium and get some points for the team".

"All in all, with everything that's gone on this year, I'm still in the fight", Hamilton said.

"To overtake around here isn't easy, so to do it on the same tyre, even if I was half a second quicker, you still need a pretty big advantage to pull something off unless a mistake is made by the guy in front", he added.

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