Sebastian Vettel wins the Singapore Grand Prix in Ferrari 1-2

il y a 3 ans, 4 mois - 23 Septembre 2019, Autoblog
Sebastian Vettel wins the Singapore Grand Prix in Ferrari 1-2
It was four-time F1 champion Vettel's first win since the 2018 Belgian GP

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel took advantage of an early pit stop to win the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday and end a 13-month winless streak in Formula One.

Vettel, who started third on the grid, crossed the finish line 2.641 seconds ahead of Charles Leclerc — who was unhappy with team pit strategy — in a Ferrari 1-2.

It was four-time F1 champion Vettel's first win since the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix.

"Obviously the start of the season has been difficult for us but in recent weeks we started to come alive," Vettel said. "It's been incredible to get so much support from the fans and I tried to put it all into the track today and into the car and I'm glad it paid off."

Red Bull's Max Verstappen was third while championship leader Lewis Hamilton was fourth.

With six races remaining, Hamilton holds a 65-point lead over Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who finished fifth. The winner of each race gets 25 points.

It was Vettel's fifth victory under the lights in Singapore and ended a 22-race winless streak.

Leclerc started from pole and held the lead at the 3.1-mile (5-kilometer) Marina Bay street circuit until he pitted on the 21st lap of the night race. When Leclerc rejoined, he was behind Vettel, who had pitted a lap earlier.

Leclerc made it clear over the team radio that he was not happy that Vettel pitted first and got the lead.

Vettel said he received the call from his team to pit and it wasn't his decision.

"It was a very late call," Vettel said. "I thought it was a bit early because I wasn't sure we can make the tires last in the second stint but, yeah, then I just gave it everything in the outlap because I saw the two cars in front of me not pitting, especially Lewis. I was then very surprised a lap later to come out ahead."

Leclerc, who won the previous two races and appeared set for a third straight victory, was diplomatic later when asked about the pit strategy of Ferrari.

"It's always difficult to lose a win like that but in the end it's a 1-2 for the team," Leclerc said. "We arrived here hoping for a podium and come back with a 1-2 so are extremely happy."

During the race, Leclerc had a different take when he was told to save his engine 15 laps from the finish. His response to Ferrari included: "I just don't think it's fair, but I won't do anything stupid."

Red Bull's Alexander Albon was in sixth place and Lando Norris finished seventh for McLaren, ahead of Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg was ninth and Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinnazi rounded out the Top 10.

FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX 2019 - RACE RESULT

20-22 Sep 2019 Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore

15Sebastian VettelFERRARI611:58:33.66725
216Charles LeclercFERRARI61+2.641s18
333Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA61+3.821s15
444Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES61+4.608s12
577Valtteri BottasMERCEDES61+6.119s10
623Alexander AlbonRED BULL RACING HONDA61+11.663s8
74Lando NorrisMCLAREN RENAULT61+14.769s6
810Pierre GaslySCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA61+15.547s4
927Nico HulkenbergRENAULT61+16.718s2
1099Antonio GiovinazziALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI61+27.855s1
118Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI61+35.436s0
1255Carlos SainzMCLAREN RENAULT61+35.974s0
1318Lance StrollRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES61+36.419s0
143Daniel RicciardoRENAULT61+37.660s0
1526Daniil KvyatSCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA61+38.178s0
1688Robert KubicaWILLIAMS MERCEDES61+47.024s0
1720Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI61+86.522s0
NC7Kimi RäikkönenALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI49DNF0
NC11Sergio PerezRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES42DNF0
NC63George RussellWILLIAMS MERCEDES34DNF0

Note - Giovinazzi received a post-race, 10-second time penalty for failing to follow the Race Director's instructions.

2019 Driver Standings

1Lewis HamiltonGBRMERCEDES296
2Valtteri BottasFINMERCEDES231
3Charles LeclercMONFERRARI200
4Max VerstappenNEDRED BULL RACING HONDA200
5Sebastian VettelGERFERRARI194
6Pierre GaslyFRASCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA69
7Carlos SainzESPMCLAREN RENAULT58
8Alexander AlbonTHARED BULL RACING HONDA42
9Daniel RicciardoAUSRENAULT34
10Daniil KvyatRUSSCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA33
11Nico HulkenbergGERRENAULT33
12Lando NorrisGBRMCLAREN RENAULT31
13Kimi RäikkönenFINALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI31
14Sergio PerezMEXRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES27
15Lance StrollCANRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES19
16Kevin MagnussenDENHAAS FERRARI18
17Romain GrosjeanFRAHAAS FERRARI8
18Antonio GiovinazziITAALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI4
19Robert KubicaPOLWILLIAMS MERCEDES1
20George RussellGBRWILLIAMS MERCEDES0

2019 Constructor Standings

1MERCEDES527
2FERRARI394
3RED BULL RACING HONDA289
4MCLAREN RENAULT89
5RENAULT67
6SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA55
7RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES46
8ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI35
9HAAS FERRARI26
10WILLIAMS MERCEDES1