Lewis Hamilton doesn't know when Mercedes upgrades will come

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"We don't point the finger at people, that's always been our philosophy and that won't change because of one race".

Sebastian Vettel will have breathed a sigh of relief after ending a losing streak which extended back to last August's Belgian Grand Prix, but this was not the commanding win he needed to silence his doubters.

The victory was a record fifth in Singapore for four-time Formula One world champion Vettel, and third in a row this season for Ferrari. But Vettel's luck was in, too.

However, he later said he understood the strategy when Ferrari explained it to him. Ferrari now appear to have the best package.

During the race, Leclerc had a different take when he was told to save his engine 15 laps from the finish.

Leclerc, 21, had started on pole position for the third race in a row but ended seething at a strategy call that played into Vettel's hands by pitting the German first while his team mate was leading. He then controlled the race only to be leapfrogged by Vettel in the pits. We've got the ability, we're still the best team but we've just got to stop dragging our feet and get on. "We just tried, we tried a lot but unfortunately it didn't happen".

Hamilton's closest rivals after Bottas are Leclerc and Red Bull's Max Verstappen, both 96 points adrift of the Briton in the championship. Was this a conspiracy against Leclerc?

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Following Sunday's race, Hamilton still leads the 2019 Drivers' Championship with 296 points.

The Russian Grand Prix on September 29 offers Mercedes a swift chance to make amends for their Singapore result, and Hamilton was confident they would find the answers required when the team analyse the latest performance.

Mercedes have a 133 point lead over Ferrari in the constructors' standings. Indeed, Hamilton only stayed ahead of Bottas for fourth position after Mercedes ordered the Finn to slow down.

Thai racer Alexander Albon was sixth for Red Bull with British rookie Lando Norris seventh for McLaren and Pierre Gasly eighth for Toro Rosso. Bottas duly obliged. Can you imagine Nico Rosberg being so accommodating?

Hamilton has won in Singapore the past two years. The slower laps allowed the lead drivers to save their tires so that they were able to comfortably make it to the finish, with the chequered flag being waved nearly on the regulation two hour mark.

"I'm obviously very disappointed", Perez said. The pair shared an embrace and Hamilton walked off.

"Maybe they've had a good vehicle all year and it just wasn't working in the right window", said Hamilton.