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
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 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.
The Autodromo di Monza has been generally considered as the spiritual home
of Italian motor racing. In
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
from slipstreaming or late braking. Unique to Monza, the FIA allows the racing teams to test the
circuit during the week before the race.
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’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.
According to GrandPX, Vettel hasn’t got the support of the
Italian media, with Charles Leclerc challenging to be the No.1 driver of
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
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