Singapore GP: Sebastian Vettel beats team-mate Charles LeclercCat:未分類
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By Andrew Benson
Chief F1 writer in Singapore
Sebastian Vettel finished his 13-month win burial in the Singapore Grand Prix using a victory that was controversial.
The German profited from Ferrari approach that was unusual to leapfrog team-mate Charles Leclerc .
Leclerc told the team over the radio it had been”unfair” and it will do little to decrease stress within the group.
Nevertheless, it turned out to be a success for its four-time world winner who has a difficult, error-strewn season and faced questions about his status and future.
The German seen Leclerc, a two-time winner in his initial year at Ferrari, emerge as a danger to his own place as number one at the group, also has continued a run of one major driving error every 3 races since June last year.
But Leclerc made his feelings clear and was miserable.
Ferrari’s strategy did fasten them their since the 2017 Grand Prix and also Vettel’s first win because the Belgian Grand Prix in the end of August 2018.
Plus it pushed Lewis Hamilton, who started second at the Mercedes, down to fourth.
Vettel started his victory depended on a determination by Ferrari to prevent him made to make sure he didn’t pit and come out from Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault, which had stopped for new tyres following a first-lap incident and had been charging through the field.
Since the leaders were handling their speed to make certain they could make their pit stop at the moment it appeared.
Seeing the risk from Hulkenberg to Vettel, the group pitted him on lap 19 and he rejoined in the front of the Renault.
Ferrari pitted Leclerc, who had led the race from the beginning next time around but the speed advantage on his first lap out of the pits on tyres of Vettel assured after the 21-year-old emerged from the pits he was before Leclerc.
“What is hell?” Leclerc said over the radio, why he was not pitted first probably wondering.
His engineer told him”It had been the best we could do.”
Leclerc said:”I just wanted to allow you to know my emotions. I really don’t know the undercut, to be completely honest. But we discuss it afterwards.”
The double premature stop for the Ferraris meant both drivers had to work their way past slower cars that had not been made a pit stop, and Vettel did so to better impact than Leclerc, creating a six-second lead by the time that they were running on lap 33, only after half distance.
The threat for Ferrari now was the threat from Hamilton, who had delayed his pit stop by six rebounds in an effort to gain from fresher tyres at the race’s end.
However Ferrari was given the laps that they had to be sure it would be made by their tyres by three safety-car periods for a set of incidents involving markers.
In the last one, Leclerc requested for”everything” in the car to attack Vettel, but he had been told he needed to deal with the motor and make the car home – code for him to maintain position behind his team-mate.
Hamilton was operating a close second behind Leclerc as the leaders lapped 13 seconds away their qualifying days to ensure their tyres went as long as needed.
But he had been undone by the plan gamble of Ferrari.
When Vettel pitted, Hamilton stated to his team they need to try to”undercut” Leclerc in the same manner but that chance was removed when Leclerc stopped on the very next lap.
That lent try to attack on fresh tyres although no choice except to run Hamilton long to Mercedes.
But the strategy also dropped him behind Verstappen’s Red Bull, along with his tyre advantage – only a couple of laps – wasn’t enough to let him try to pass cars on a track in which a vehicle is believed to desire a 2.4-second speed advantage to overtake.
Hamilton even wanted help from team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who collaborated and was advised to back off to impede Red Bull’s Alexander Albon, whom Hamilton would have come out behind.
However, his championship lead around Bottas, that finished behind him in fifth, had been stretched to 65 points, and it remains a matter of time before he wins a sixth domain name.
But his real pace was not clear because of the tyre-management element of the race, Albon drove a strong race at the Red Bull.
And Lando Norris worked nicely to choose seventh and top of the remainder for McLaren, before Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly, Hulkenberg and the Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi in the conclusion of a race that was soporific at the front but contained a few harum-scarum racing at the midfield from time to time.
The incidents that brought out the safety car have been a wreck involving Haas’ Romain Grosjean along with Williams’ George Russell on the exit of Turn Eight on lap 35; a retirement that cried Sergio Perez’s Racing Point on track lap 39; along with a collision between Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso and Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo if the Russian dived to get a pass Turn One on lap 50.
Russia in a week’s time. Three wins in a row; may Ferrari make it ? Mercedes will probably be ready to bounce back after the mistakes of Singapore.
Vettel:”First of all, big congratulations to the team – the start of the year has been difficult for us we began to come alive and I’m really proud of everybody’s work back home. I really wish to thank the fans throughout the past couple of weeks. We have not been the best and it’s happy to get so many letters and nice messages, also it gives me plenty of strength and belief and I put all of it into the car today.”
Leclerc:”Clearly it is always difficult to get rid of a win like this but in the end it’s a one-two for the group so I’m happy for that, our very first of this year. I am frustrated for me but I’ll come. It looks far more positive than anticipated, they’ve [the mechanics] performed an remarkable job.”
Verstappen:”The entire race went well. Initially it was slow and everyone was close we boxed and together then I began to struggle with the tyres and it was a fantastic call. We undercut Lewis and from there it was about managing the tyres.”
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