The guys, they are responsible for the different areas, they could think, 'OK, if he's pointing the finger at Sebastian, next time it's my turn.' It's not what I want. Lewis had a really good lap, so congrats to him for the lap.
It afforded him a more relaxing race than expected - heat aside - given Ferrari's advantage during practice this weekend.
Hamilton struggled here in qualifying past year, placing only fifth, but took advantage of Vettel's clumsy crash to win and take control of the title race.
Especially as Hamilton has no intention of easing up. He was critical of their strategy in qualifying where he managed only third and then also of the race.
"I don't want to count off a podium next year but I think realistically it has to come under some circumstances, if it's a bit of a insane race like Baku 2016 or something".
The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver finished the race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in second place, finishing over eight seconds behind race victor Hamilton.
"For us it was a bit of a messy qualifying", he said. A lot of things change quickly especially at this place.
"With the way we raced today we didn't have a chance".
Vettel, who had looked dominant in practice, has struggled to stamp his authority on the title race in a Ferrari regarded as superior to all of his rivals.
"Not ideal, we wanted to get pole", Vettel said.
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Dutchman Verstappen, on the other hand, needed far more persuasion to get going and could be heard saying, "I'm literally going to puke" when Ricciardo offered him a tasty morsel.
Brendon Hartley leads his Toro Rosso team mate Pierre Gasly through a bend at the Singapore Grand Prix.
In indomitable form, there is now a relentless, intimidating quality to Lewis Hamilton's driving that seems to simply brook no dissent. Despite the night-time start, the temperature was around 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) and the humidity intense.
The Ferrari pairing of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen had set the pace for most of the weekend but the German could manage only third place, more than half a second down, and will start alongside Mercedes's Valtteri Bottas.
The need for speed: The people of Singapore are the fastest walkers on the planet, at an average of 6.15kph Hamilton's pole position in Singapore was the 200th for an English driver in F1 history. They just avoided contact. Both laps weren't great.
In a championship battle that could easily be decided by small mistakes, Sebastian Vettel made another on Friday night in Singapore. Mercedes pitted Hamilton moments later, and when Vettel came back out he was still behind Hamilton and lost more time getting past Perez.
Vettel emerged from his auto dejected and facing an nearly insurmountable 40-point title comeback.
As Hamilton, Verstappen and Vettel sat comfortably in their positions, it was their team-mates who provided the entertainment in the closing laps.
This is Vettel's best chance. So we have a bit of work to do tonight.