Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel celebrating his win on Sunday. Photo: Sport Singapore
With fists raised to the sky, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel celebrated his fifth win on the Marina Bay Circuit on Sunday. Vettel’s Singapore Grand Prix victory was just what he needed in a season where he has been outshone by Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc who came in second. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen rounded off the podium in third place.
Vettel, 32, said: "It was sweet. The last couple of weeks for me have not been the best. It's been incredible to get the support from fans. I've gotten so many letters and nice messages. It gave me a lot of strength and belief and I tried to put it into (my performance on) the track today."
Ferrari enjoyed a one-two finish on the podium with both Vettel and Leclerc triumphant in Singapore. Photo: Sport Singapore
But Vettel’s victory did not come without controversy as fastest qualifier Leclerc could be heard voicing his displeasure at the team strategy. Vettel was told to pit first in the 20th lap with the young Monegasque pitting in the 21st and losing his lead.
Vettel said: "It was a very late call on the pit stop and I just gave it everything on the out lap. I was surprised to come out ahead and it was difficult to manage the tyres but we controlled it to the end."
Sebastian Vettel kissing the winner's trophy. Photo: Sport Singapore
In the end, pit strategy and three safety cars ensure that there would be no change to the top three with championship leader Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton settling for fourth place despite starting the race in second on the grid.