F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel Races to the Championship

F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel Races to the Championship

F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel Races to the Championship


The title run begins…

Last month Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) returned to it winning F1 ways with a 1-2 finish at the Hungaroring.

This weekend the Y 2017 season restarts with Sebastian Vettel holding a 14-point lead over Lewis Hamilton with 9 races to go.

Although Mr. Vettel;s advantage is equivalent of just 1 3rd-place finish, Mr. Hamilton stresses the importance of claiming successive victories in the Spa-Monza double header of the next 9 days.

“I wanted to come back from this break and hit the ground running, which I have today,” said Mr. Hamilton after topping Practice Two Friday.

“And I really want to make sure I transfer that into 25 points and 25 points. I need to get these 2 wins, it’s very, very important for me personally to reinstate my fight for the championship. That’s the plan.”

The fast open sweeps of Spa, F1’s longest circuit, has been expected to suit MercedesAMG which dominated on the similarly quick Silverstone layout 2 races ago.

But Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen reckons “we’re closer than many other people think”.

Mr. Raikkonen set the pace for Ferrari in FP1 for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Out of the current field, Mr. Raikkonen is the most successful driver at Spa, having taken 4 victories, putting him 2nd on the all-time list, alongside Jim Clark.

Should he triumph this weekend, for the 1st time since the Y 2013 season, he would draw level with Ayrton Senna, and move just 1 win behind Michael Schumacher’s record of 6 wins.

Mr. Hamilton topped the 2nd free practice session, ahead of FP1 leader Kimi Raikkonen at Spa-Francorchamps.

For his part, Mr. Vettel is focused on improving his car and his personal performance in time for Saturday’s qualifying hour.

“Mercedes looked very strong. Whenever they went out they had the possibility to go fast,” he said.

“It’s a long track and it’s not so easy to put everything together. What everyone is always looking at is the lap time but there is a bit more to it than that.

 “They look very strong, no doubt, but myself I’m not so happy. I couldn’t really find the rhythm, especially on the short run the long run was better. Overall I think the car is there to do the job we just need to get it right and I need to do my job.”
2017 timetable (GMT +2)
Saturday 26 August
Practice 3 11:00-12:00 local time
Qualifying 14:00 local timeSunday 27 August
Race 14:00 local time
Symbol Last Trade Date Change Open High Low Volume
NYSE:RACE 114.22 25 August 2017 0.05 114.59 115.03 114.01 275,846
HeffX-LTN Analysis for RACE: Overall Short Intermediate Long
Bullish (0.46) Bullish (0.48) Bullish (0.31) Very Bullish (0.58)

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