Category: Formula 1

Vettel won the Grand Prix Singapore (Part 1)

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel won the F1 stage for the first time in 2019, finishing first on the Marina Bay race on the evening of September 22.

Vettel achieved an hour 58 minutes 33.666 seconds, faster than runner-up – teammate Charles Leclerc – 2,641 seconds. It has been 392 days since the last time Vettel took to the top of the podium – at the Belgian race 2018. Third place in the Singapore GP belongs to Max Verstappen with 3,821 seconds behind Vettel. Mercedes drivers – Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas – ranked fourth and fifth respectively.

For the first time in Singapore GP history, two riders of a team share the first two positions. On the eve of Southeast Asia race, few people thought that Ferrari could compete with Mercedes or Red Bull. Even after the first test day on September 20, Ferrari was inferior to the two rivals. But, the Italian team has changed from the qualifying round.

Vettel tried to beat Hamilton after starting. At one point, the two cars were on equal footing, but Hamilton had the advantage of being in the inside lane, turning faster. If the first six positions are unchanged after starting, the following positions are unexpected. Carlos Sainz (McLaren) collides with Nico Hulkenberg (Renault). Both had to enter the pit immediately, in which Sainz’s rear tire was badly damaged. The Spanish rider takes up to 70 seconds in the pit.

The mutation originated when Vettel and Verstappen first entered the pit in the 20th round. Leclerc also entered the pit one round later but after leaving the pit, he was behind his teammate.

Mercedes suggested Hamilton do not need to immediately pit, just in case a safe car appears to help British drivers change tires without fear of being left by rivals. But, Hamilton’s soft tires reached the limit that the safety car had yet to appear, leaving him in the pit in round 26.

The 2019 Formula 1 Monza Grand Prix

The Autodromo di Monza – one of the oldest GP circuits in Formula 1 – lies on the outskirts of Milan, Italy. It is one of the last few fast and old fashioned European tracks and will host the 2019 Italian Grand Prix for the 58th time. It will be not only a celebration time for the excited spectators but also a testing time for the drivers and their machinery. The Monza circuit design is firmly set with a classic European layout that definitely favors top speed.

General information

The Autodromo di Monza has been generally considered as the spiritual home of Italian motor racing. In spite of the chicanes which have marred the long straights for the last decade, Monza is still considered to be F1’s “home of speed”. The layout of long and fast straights at the Autodromo not only rewards top speed but also offers good overtaking chances, from slipstreaming or late braking. Unique to Monza, the FIA allows the racing teams to test the circuit during the week before the race.

What the drivers say

The Italian Grand Prix at Autodromo di Monza is one of the most unique races of the year with the racing drivers optimizing their cars for speeds up to 370kph. In order to run fast at Monza, the drivers need to sacrifice as much as possible to cut drag and only run just enough aerodynamic load so that the cars can remain stable under braking and through the ‘Curve Biassono’. Engines usually get heavily stressed and flat out for about 70% of the lap, in very hot conditions. The circuit also demands very special tyres because the track surface is grippy and smooth. High terminal speeds and hot temperatures will quickly build heat up in the tyres, and in addition, the impact of heavy braking might place stress on the sidewalls that need to be stiffer than normal to cope.

German Formula 1: Sebastian Vettel should leave Ferrari, says Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko

German’s F1 future is in the spotlight once again but Lewis Hamilton backs his rival to recover.

If Sebastian Vettel is going to get his Formula 1 career back on track, he should think of leaving Ferrari. That’s the opinion of Dr. Helmut Marko, the driver manager at Red Bull Racing, the former team of Vettel.

Although Sebastian Vettel won four world titles with Red Bull Racing, he has not secured any championship since moving to Ferrari in 2015.

In 2019 season, 32-year-old Vettel is fourth in the standings of the drivers and last weekend he finished 16th after ramming into the back of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at Silverstone. 

After the British Grand Prix, Verstappen said that at Red Bull, Vettel hardly made any mistakes, so he wondered why this stuff keeps happening to him over and over again at Ferrari.

Different environment

According to GrandPX, Vettel hasn’t got the support of the Italian media, with Charles Leclerc challenging to be the No.1 driver of Ferrari.

In spite of having a contract with Ferrari for 2020, there is speculation that Vettel could retire from F1 or even return to Red Bull.

Marko told Auto Bild about Vettel’s future: “You usually make mistakes as you are no longer yourself.” And “Vettel should be in a different environment or in other words: with a different team.”

Hamilton: Vettel will recover

Vettel has been the biggest challenger to five-team world champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes in recent seasons but Hamilton has backed his rival to challenge once again. He absolutely believes that Vettel will rebound like the greats playing tennis and will redeem himself if he feels he needs to. Baldisserri said on the Italian podcast Pit-Talk that he thinks Vettel is an overrated driver that has made so many mistakes and must rediscover himself.