Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Vettel and MercedesAMG’s Hamilton Go Head to Head at Singapore
MercedesAMG’s F1 racer is seen as inferior to Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari and Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix once again favors Mr. Vettel
2nd-placed Mr. Vettel, 31 anni, slipped 30 points behind Mr.Hamilton after coming off the worst in a 1st-lap collision with him in Monza and he knows he has little room for further mishaps with only 7 races remaining.
The 2 F1 champions arrived in Singapore in a similar position last year, but the Pole-sitting Mr. Vettel crashed into Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and team mate Kimi Raikkonen soon after the start, as Mr. Hamilton cruised to victory never looking back.
Messrs Vettel and Hamilton are the most successful drivers on the floodlit Marina Bay Street Circuit with 7 wins between them but MercedesAMG’s team boss Toto Wolff says the odds are stacked against the Mr. Hamilton matching Mr. Vettel’s 4 Singapore victories.
“Singapore has features that we have struggled with in the past. The short straights, the slow, tight corners and the bumpy surface all make (it) one of the trickiest tracks of the season for us,” he said in a team statement Wednesday.
“Last year, we started the race from the 3rd row and came home with a win and a 3rd place. On paper, the track should favor the Ferraris, but the championship fight is so close that predictions are almost meaningless.
“We’re in the middle of a monumental championship fight… every man and woman in the team is willing to push themselves to the limit; we will be fighting with everything we’ve got for these two championships.”
Mr. Vettel, who will be joined by Sauber’s Charles Leclerc, 20 anni, next season with Kimi Raikkonen heading the other way, has been criticized for losing points through over-aggressive driving but Mr. Wolff came out in defense of the German after his Monza spin.
“I’m not completely neutral, but for me Lewis is the best driver of recent years. Even so, I find the criticism of Sebastian not quite fair,” Mr. Wolff told the motorsport press about Mr. Vettel, also a 4X world champion.
“If possible to win, he has the ambition to do it with the necessary aggression. That requires a lot of courage and his way of driving sometimes leads to collisions.
“It could easily have been Lewis instead of Sebastian who spun at Monza. Then the whole Grand Prix would have been different.”
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