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  • Formula One drivers have arrived ahead of Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix
  • The first and second practice sessions take place on Friday in Singapore
  • Lewis Hamilton appeared in a relaxed mood ahead of the weekend’s action
  • Hamilton sits top of F1 standings, three points above Sebastian Vettel  

Jonathan Spencer For Mailonline

After claiming a three-point lead following his victory in Italy, Lewis Hamilton appeared in high spirits as he arrived at the Marina Bay Street Circuit ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix. 

Formula One stars were pictured arriving at their paddocks on Thursday ahead of Friday’s first and second practice sessions.

Drivers from across the circuit seemed in a relaxed and joyful mood following their short break, having last raced at the Italian Grand Prix on September 3.

Lewis Hamilton was in high spirits as he arrived ahead of Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton was in high spirits as he arrived ahead of Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton was in high spirits as he arrived ahead of Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix

The English driver has a three point lead at the top of the F1 standings over Sebastian Vettel

The English driver has a three point lead at the top of the F1 standings over Sebastian Vettel

The English driver has a three point lead at the top of the F1 standings over Sebastian Vettel

Hamilton will be hoping to extend his lead with victory in Singapore this weekend

Hamilton will be hoping to extend his lead with victory in Singapore this weekend

Hamilton will be hoping to extend his lead with victory in Singapore this weekend

Hamilton speaks to the media ahead of Friday's first and second practice sessions

Hamilton speaks to the media ahead of Friday's first and second practice sessions

Hamilton speaks to the media ahead of Friday’s first and second practice sessions

And three-time world champion Hamilton was more than happy to sign autographs for his supporters on Thursday in Singapore.

The English driver was also snapped speaking to team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who recently signed a one-year deal with Mercedes, at a publicity event ahead of Sunday’s race under the lights. 

Bottas has enjoyed a strong year so far with Mercedes, winning two races and heads into Sunday’s meeting third in the standings, 41 points adrift of Hamilton.

The three-time world champion shares a laugh with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas

The three-time world champion shares a laugh with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas

The three-time world champion shares a laugh with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas

Bottas and Hamilton attended a publicity event ahead of the weekend's action in Singapore

Bottas and Hamilton attended a publicity event ahead of the weekend's action in Singapore

Bottas and Hamilton attended a publicity event ahead of the weekend’s action in Singapore

Vettel was in a more focused mood than his Mercedes rivals on Thursday in Singapore

Vettel was in a more focused mood than his Mercedes rivals on Thursday in Singapore

Vettel was in a more focused mood than his Mercedes rivals on Thursday in Singapore

Vettel will be desperate to claim victory in the Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay circuit

Vettel will be desperate to claim victory in the Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay circuit

Vettel will be desperate to claim victory in the Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay circuit

The German driver has won four races at the Marina Bay circuit, the most of any driver

The German driver has won four races at the Marina Bay circuit, the most of any driver

The German driver has won four races at the Marina Bay circuit, the most of any driver

Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel appeared in a more focused mood than his Mercedes rivals after letting his championship lead slip in Monza. 

The German currently sits three points behind Hamilton with just seven races of the season remaining. 

With Hamilton taking control of the championship for the first time this season with victory at the Italian Grand Prix, there will be a relief in Vettel’s camp that this weekend’s race is Singapore.

The 30-year-old Ferrari man has won four races at the Marina Bay circuit, the most of any driver. 

Spanish driver Fernando Alonso arrives at the paddock at the Marina Bay circuit on Thursday

Spanish driver Fernando Alonso arrives at the paddock at the Marina Bay circuit on Thursday

Spanish driver Fernando Alonso arrives at the paddock at the Marina Bay circuit on Thursday

Max Verstappen, who sits sixth in the standings, was pictured arriving at the Singapore circuit

Max Verstappen, who sits sixth in the standings, was pictured arriving at the Singapore circuit

Max Verstappen, who sits sixth in the standings, was pictured arriving at the Singapore circuit

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo talks to the media in the Marina Bay circuit paddocks

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo talks to the media in the Marina Bay circuit paddocks

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo talks to the media in the Marina Bay circuit paddocks

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