Sebastian Vettel managed to win his first ever F1 Grand Prix for the 2019 calendar season after emerging as the victor on Sunday night at the Singapore GP.
The German and Ferrari driver had been coming just close to winning the race but was never at the pole position that he had hoped and most notable was the race that happened down in Canada when he was given a 5 sec penalty for what was called unsafe entry back onto track against Lewis Hamilton.
Going in to the race, Sebastian Vettel was in third position just behind Hamilton who was behind Charles Leclerc. Sebastian Vettel will have the pitting strategy to thank for this win but also his aggressiveness and composure to finish the race.
It was a sight that every Ferrari fan had been hoping to see from the German because of how his season has been so far. With all the crashes and penalties and strategies that didn’t go his way, you could see a very big smile on him.
This is Vettel’s first win this season. It may not go a long way into salvaging the championship, but it certainly will bring a smile back his face and more hope going into the next campaign.
For Charles Leclerc, he wasn’t a happy man by the time the race was coming to an end as he felt that the team was not being fair to him after they pitted Vettel earlier than him.
“I won’t do anything stupid, I want us to finish one-two,” Leclerc said. “I just don’t think it’s fair.”
Leclerc, who was chasing his third consecutive victory, finished 2.6 sec behind Vettel in Ferrari’s first one-two of the season. The pair exchanged a handshake post-race but there was little in the way of small talk in the cool-down room before the podium.
Leclerc kept his cool in interviews after the race and did not criticize the team. But he made clear he had not been told of Vettel’s stop.
“I was surprised because I was not aware in the car, but I guess that if this decision has been made it was for the good of the team and it had been the only way for us to do one-two,” the 21-year-old said.
“So if that’s the case I completely understand it but obviously from the car, it’s frustrating. So not completely happy today.”
Despite Charles’ unhappiness, Ferrari will be happy that they managed to get a 1 and 2 their first of the season and the fact that Verstappen was able to keep Lewis out of the podiums is something to take to Russian Grand Prix.
Hamilton is still leading the championship with 296 points, team mate Bottas comes second with 231 points. Leclerc is third and Verstappen tied at 200 points while Vettel completes the top 5 with 194 points. Mercedes continue to lead the constructors championship as well with 527 points, Ferrari is at 394 points while Redbull wrap up the top five with 289 points.
Author: Moses Echodu
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