Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has ended his Formula One losing streak by winning his first race in more than a year. A brilliant piece of strategy on lap 19 of Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix saw the four-time world champion pass teammate Charles Leclerc to move into the lead spot and hold it from there.
Leclerc finished second approximately 2.6 seconds back while Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen finished third approximately 3.8 seconds behind the winner.
Leclerc started the race on pole and was comfortably in the lead going into the first sequence of corners, with Mercedes-AMG’s Lewis Hamilton and Vettel trailing. Then Ferrari made the call to pit Vettel at the end of lap 19 to avoid an undercut from Verstappen who was in fourth at the time and about to pit.
2019 Formula One Singapore Grand Prix
Vettel came out of pit lane to find an empty track ahead of him which meant he was able to push hard immediately, without having to deal with traffic. When Leclerc pitted on the next lap, he came out behind Vettel. Hamilton made his own pit stop several laps later and returned behind Vettel, Leclerc and Verstappen. The order was now set, with each driver doing their best to maintain the tires so they would last the remainder of the race.
On lap 35, the safety car came out for the first time following an incident between Williams’ George Russell and Haas’ Romain Grosjean, with Russell forced to retire. There were two more […]