'Driver of vehicle 7 had a very good start and was able to attempt overtaking of auto 33 on the left hand side.
Verstappen and Raikkonen both made good starts and tried to pass Vettel down the inside, only for the three to crash together and all retire due to the damage sustained.
Red Bull dominated all three practise sessions, with Verstappen posting the fastest time in the third and final practise and Ricciardo setting lap records in Friday's two sessions.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who also emerged from the opening lap carnage unscathed, was second for the third year in a row with Finland's Valtteri Bottas completing the podium for Mercedes. Who would've known that would happen.
"God blessed me today, for sure", he said later, dripping with champagne.
"I capitalised on the incident".
"You will have to manage things for yourself", said his race engineer, rendered helpless by the lack of data.
Verstappen, who had started from second, blamed Vettel.
Second man arrested over Parsons Green terror attack
The UK's terror threat level has been downgraded from critical - meaning an attack is imminent - to severe. The entire neighborhood around their house was evacuated as a precaution when the search began Saturday.
The Briton's description of how he felt hustling his Mercedes around the streets of the city-state could also apply to his hopes of staying ahead in the championship after Sunday's race.
Daniil Kvyat, Marcus Ericsson (both accidents), Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen (both mechanical) joined the big names on the DNF list before the end of the race - which was shortened from the scheduled 61 laps to just 58 inside the two-hour time limit by the various safety auto interventions - but there was little drama out front, with the biggest question marks surrounding the point at which it was judicious to move from grooved rubber to slicks.
"I don't know, I didn't see that much", Vettel told TV crews when asked to describe the accident.
"We are in a position that we don't like to be with P5 and P6, but this provides opportunities, strategic opportunities, and our auto was very good on the softs", he said.
The FIA has said the incident will be investigated after the race.
"Initially Sebastian saw I was a little bit better off the line than him and he wanted to close me off, and maybe didn't see Kimi on the left", Verstappen said.
Daniil Kvyat put his Toro Rosso into the Turn 7 wall amid tricky conditions on Lap 11, and Marcus Ericsson crashed his Sauber on the Anderson Bridge on Lap 38.
Alonso, meanwhile, bravely continued but retired on lap 9.
Much has been said about how his finishing still needs work but last night, he was truly one of Liverpool's best. His second was saved at close range by the Liverpool goalkeeper with Anfield enraged by a warning unheeded.
The 10th installment of the Singapore Grand Prix has begun, and it looks like Red Bull Racing may have the edge over their rivals. The key is to drink throughout the race, even though it isn't easy". "He and Lewis were the fastest I raced against".
Banksy, an anonymous street artist, is famed for his anti-war, anti-capitalism or anti-establishment artworks. It was sold for £205,000 at an exhibition set up to oppose an arms fair taking place in east London.
Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen both retired late in the race to bring the total number of casualties to eight. The track, with its 23 corners, greatly reduces speed and was expected to favor Ferrari over Mercedes.
Beaucoup espéraient qu'après Harvey et Irma, la position américaine de sortir de l'accord de Paris sur le climat puisse évoluer. Pour rappel, l'administration Barack Obama avait entériné l'accord de Paris, fin 2015.
Police and security forces as well as rescue team rushed to the blast site immediately after the bomb attack. But several militant groups are still active in the country, particularly in the northwest.
She's imperious, entitled, and thinks she's owed the presidency because she stayed with Bubba when he publicly humiliated her. Clinton didn't shy away from placing partial blame for her campaign's loss on the former FBI director's shoulders.
The spokeswoman spoke on condition of anonymity, per the French judicial system, in a phone call to The Associated Press. The attack took place on Sunday morning at Saint-Charles train station in the port city in southern France.
Coupe Davis. Tsonga égalise face aux Serbes (1-1)
On peut y voir un certain opportunisme même si Tsonga a prouvé par le passé son attachement au maillot tricolore. Mais, au-delà de ce triste constat, cela obligerait surtout Pouille à disputer un cinquième match décisif.
Corning Incorporated (GLW) Downgraded by Vetr Inc
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