F1: Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) Preview Malaysian Grand Prix 2017
Expect Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) to preform, as Sebastian Vettel shrugs off Lewis Hamilton remarks
Ferrari has played down the crash out at Sing. 2 weeks ago, and has Mr. Vettel shrugging off Mr. Hamilton’s criticism of his driving.
Mr. Vettel crashed out at the 1st lap at the last race in Singapore after tangling with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and fell 28 points behind Mr. Hamilton in their world championship fight after the MercedesAMG driver’s victory.
There was no penalty to Mr. Vettel or the other drivers, but Mr. Hamilton remarked that, “It is great to have seen some of the weaknesses come through this year and I’m grateful for this recent one.”
Mr. Vettel responded, kindly, “Accidents at the start happen. The way that happened can happen to anyone. If he can avoid that, good for him.”
With 28 points in hand and just 6 races remaining, Mr. Hamilton’s priority over the next 2 months will be avoiding the type of tragedy that may have damaged Mr. Vettel’s hopes of landing a 5th world title.
“It’s part of racing,” Mr. Vettel said. “These things happen and therefore your time is better spent looking forward. It certainly didn’t help, Lewis scored a lot of points but that’s the way it goes. What’s done is done.”
Thursday, Mr. Vettel offered his 1st full account of the incident at Singapore, as follows:
“I saw Max initially getting off the line quicker than me. I found the grip again focusing on the traction and squeezed him a bit to the left, which l think is completely normal for the guy on pole to do, to make it a bit less attractive for him into turn one,” he explained.
“I then got a hit from the side from Kimi which l didn’t understand at all. From what l saw at the start and what l saw in the mirrors, l won’t be [changing his approach]. It was just one of those things.”
Curiously, while seemingly sanguine about their ruinous crash, Raikkonen and Vettel were more vexed by questions about the Scuderia’s faltering form in the wake of their double DNF in Singapore and a thrashing at their home race at Monza which president Sergio Marchionne termed “embarrassing”.
“In Singapore, Seb was first in qualifying and l was third or fourth,” Raikkonen replied when asked about Ferrari’s poor run. “If you purely compare it to Mercedes, it was better. I don’t see why you look at things so negatively.
“It’s pointless to look at one race and one there, it’s over the whole season.”
A concurring Vettel added: “There are still a lot of races left and we have a strong car. It’s been very tight the whole season.”
Sunday’s Grand Prix is set to be the last to be held at Sepang after the circuit failed to agree a new contract with F1 management.
A description of a lap around Sepang International Circuit.
“Hot, Humid and Fast.”
Sepang International Circuit
1 October 2017, Race Day
Circuit Length: 5.543 km (3.444 miles)
Race Distance: 310.408 km (192.879 miles)
Broadcast: NBCSN – 2:00a EDT (Pre-Race Show) / 3:00a EDT (Lights Out aka Start)
|NYSE:RACE||110.03||28 September 2017||-0.55||109.72||110.24||109.4||253,600|
|HeffX-LTN Analysis for RACE:||Overall||Short||Intermediate||Long|
|Neutral (0.06)||Neutral (-0.13)||Neutral (-0.15)||Bullish (0.46)|
Enjoy the F1 racing this weekend.