F1: Singapore Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Vettel Came 3rd, Raikkonen 5th

F1: Singapore Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Vettel Came 3rd, Raikkonen 5th

F1: Singapore, Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Vettel Came 3rd, Raikkonen 5th

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The Marina Bay circuit race, aka the Monaco of the East, was the same: anything can happen, but most often nothing does.

Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel came 3rd and Kimi came 5th. The start of the race looked like it would be better, but Mr. Vettel had to deal with traffic dampening his aggressive strategy.

The Top 10 were all on Pirelli Hypersofts.

At the start, Mr. Vettel attacked Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen, right with him after the 1st corner and then getting past at the curve at Turn 6, just before the Yellow lights came on, because Estaban Ocon hit the wall bringing out the safety car.

The restart came on Lap 5, with no passing moves.

Ferrari’s pit wall was focusing on tire and fuel management. After lap 10 did the pace pick up, while on the pit wall, thoughts were already turning to pit stops.

Mr. Vettel came in for his at the start of lap 15. As he came out, he would have to give it his all to try and pull off the undercut, he  gained a few tenths, but it was not enough.

As for Mr. Raikkonen, he went long on his stint, while his team-mate got past the Force India on lap 17. But he had lost a lot of time and he found himself right behind Mr. Verstappen as he came out of the pits. Mr. Raikkonen made his pit stop on lap 23 and, unlike Mr. Vettel, he fitted a set of Softs, the hardest compound available at Singapore.

At 2/3rds distance, the leaders came up behind the 1st of the back markers and threaded the traffic.

Mr. Raikkonen made the most of it to close on MercedesAMG’s Bottas, but this is Marina Bay and overtaking is rare.

In the closing stages things perked up a bit it was really a ho-hum night, so now we think about the remaining 6 races on the schedule.

Race highlights: None

The results

POS
DRIVER
CAR
LAPS
TIME/RETIRED
1
LEWIS
HAMILTON
MERCEDESAMG
61
1:51:11.611
2
MAX
VERSTAPPEN
RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER
61
+8.961S
3
SEBASTIAN
VETTEL
FERRARI
61
+39.945S
4
VALTTERI
BOTTAS
MERCEDESAMG
61
+51.930S
5
KIMI
RÄIKKÖNEN
FERRARI
61
+53.001S
6
DANIEL
RICCIARDO
RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER
61
+53.982S
7
FERNANDO
ALONSO
MCLAREN RENAULT
61
+103.011S
8
CARLOS
SAINZ
RENAULT
60
+1 LAP
9
CHARLES
LECLERC
SAUBER FERRARI
60
+1 LAP
10
NICO
HULKENBERG
RENAULT
60
+1 LAP
11
MARCUS
ERICSSON
SAUBER FERRARI
60
+1 LAP
12
STOFFEL
VANDOORNE
MCLAREN RENAULT
60
+1 LAP
13
PIERRE
GASLY
SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA
60
+1 LAP
14
LANCE
STROLL
WILLIAMS MERCEDES
60
+1 LAP
15
ROMAIN
GROSJEAN
HAAS FERRARI
60
+1 LAP
16
SERGIO
PEREZ
FORCE INDIA MERCEDES
60
+1 LAP
17
BRENDON
HARTLEY
SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA
60
+1 LAP
18
KEVIN
MAGNUSSEN
HAAS FERRARI
59
+2 LAPS
19
SERGEY
SIROTKIN
WILLIAMS MERCEDES
59
+2 LAPS
NC
ESTEBAN
OCON
FORCE INDIA MERCEDES
0
DNF

 

Have a terrific week.

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