I want to focus on these two numbers as we get into the analysis from the Singapore Grand Prix 2019 F1 race analysis and commentary – 53 and 392.
It has been 392 days since Sebastian Vettel has won a grand prix. Today marked an end to that streak and the advancement of a new one that’s been long running. Today was also the day Sebastian Vettel earned his 53rd victory. The race was full of all the sparks, incidents, drama, and strategy hardcore F1 and motorsport fans alike enjoy in a grand prix.
At the end of the day Singapore revealed Ferrari may be back and with a vengeance as they proved to be scary strong on a track, that for the last half decade in the hybrid era, the Ferrari have not been strong and lacked the aerodynamic package to be dominant. Find out all about it below.
Singapore Grand Prix 2019 F1 Race Summary
Singapore Grand Prix Race Results as they happened will covered here on this blog.
Below is the live data table from the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix – this is more of the test as the data system was completed this weekend. In the oncoming races, I’ll be doing more of a live commentary and race preview.
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Singapore Grand Prix Race Commentary
No constructer has ever gone 1-2 at Singapore and it’s only fitting that Ferrari pull this off with Vettel leading the way. Sebastian has received quite a lot of criticism of late – and some of it is warranted but never count out a 4x champion. His qualifying times were quicker in aggregate and the upgrade package Ferrari brought are trouble for Mercedes and Red Bull.
In order to preserve the one stop strategy, Leclerc and Hamilton set the tone and for a solid 20 laps, the field was backed up behind them. This was the first reason why the strategy at Ferrari ended up hurting Leclerc. Vettel was chosen out of favoritism… it was simply prudent race strategy to protect the driver. He was significantly more exposed than Leclerc was at that point due to unexpected contact between Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault and McLaren’s Sainz having contact – giving Nico the raw end with a puncture.
Hulkenberg was forced to pit and as a reaction, Vettel was forced to go in. When he did, he came out ahead of midfield fight luckily. It just so happens that it appeared as if he undercut his teammate. But had there been no incident, Vettel would have been in trouble. It was an opportunistic moment to go from defense to offense while actually bolstering the statistical odds of a 1-2 finish. If anything, this was wise of Ferrari to do.
Additionally, Leclerc was chirping over radio wanting more juice. He was denied NOT because he was set up to lose… he was denied to tyre life and maintenance. If you are objective, you can see how the strategists and engineers are calculating that if Leclerc fights with Vettel, both run the risk of destroying their tyres, losing grip, and falling in pace. Keep in mind you had Max Verstappen quietly stalking the Scuderia praying for a civil war to pick up the pieces. Not to mention the five-time world champion eagerly hoping for the same.
Still think it was the wrong call by Ferrari? Didn’t think so. If you did, let me know below and I’d love to chat about it!
Singapore Swings Red Bull’s Way Due To Shrewd Strategy
Speaking of undercuts, Red Bull got a good result and snatched a podium from current Constructor and Driver leaders Mercedes. His early pit ultimately put Lewis Hamilton in fourth and Bottas comfortably behind him to grab valuable driver points.
We expected safety cars as Singapore has earned the reputation of a track that is magnetic to incidents. But with three of them coming race fans way, it turned out to be an unfortunate night for a few drivers of DNF:
- George Russel (First ever DNF in Formula One)
- Sergio Perez
- Kimi Raikkonen
Romain Grosjean made a dive bomb (quite literally) into Russell on lap 35. Sergio continued his unlucky streak and has mechanical issues. At some point you just have to feel for the guy. But atleast he got a long-term contract extension. And finally, Kimi is taken out by Daniel Kvyat is dramatic fashion. It was eerily similar to the incident with Verstappen a few weeks ago where the racing lane closes up and Kimi is caught by another driver making a late dive. At some point, you have to wonder why is Kimi the common denominator. But for now, it does appear Kvyat’s dive was more ambitious than anything.
What To Watch For At The 2019 Russian Grand Prix
Russia will be interested as now you have two young drivers in Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen tied at 200 points in the drivers championship a piece. Throw on that Ferrari seem to have found pace, Vettel has come alive, and Max is undoubtedly hungrier than ever for a victory, it’ll be an entertaining weekend for the F1 world!
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