Formula One: Dramatic Singapore Grand Prix night sees Hamilton retire and intruder on track

An unidentified man was seen walking briefly onto the track during the Singapore Grand Prix on Sept 20, 2015.
An unidentified man was seen walking briefly onto the track during the Singapore Grand Prix on Sept 20, 2015. PHOTO: JOSEPHINE WONG
German Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg of Sahara Force India F1 Team exits his car after crashing during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix night race in Singapore, Sept 20, 2015.
German Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg of Sahara Force India F1 Team exits his car after crashing during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix night race in Singapore, Sept 20, 2015.PHOTO: EPA
Spectators at Padang enjoying the final night race of the Singapore F1 on Sept 20, 2015.
Spectators at Padang enjoying the final night race of the Singapore F1 on Sept 20, 2015.ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN
Formula One Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit as seen from Swissotel The Stamford on Sept 20, 2015.
Formula One Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit as seen from Swissotel The Stamford on Sept 20, 2015.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton will not equal his racing hero Aryton Senna's 41 F1 wins after the Briton was forced to retire midway through the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.

With his Mercedes team-mate and nearest rival Nico Rosberg poised to score points at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, Hamilton's 53-point lead at the top of the standings is likely to be reduced.

Once again, the demanding 23-turn circuit saw the safety car appear after Nico Hulkenberg collided his Force India car with Felipe Massa's Williams on Lap 12.

More drama was in store later on in the evening as a man somehow made his way onto to the track, forcing the reappearance of the safety car as the drivers were forced to slow down and wait until the intruder could be removed from the track.

jonwong@sph.com.sg