Recently, headlines in the world of Formula 1 have been dominated by Ferrari’s 21-year-old phenom Charles Leclerc… and rightfully so. The Monegasque driver earned the pole and his first Grand Prix win in Belgium at the start of the month, followed by the pole and a victory in Monza just one week later. Earlier this weekend, he took the pole in Singapore. The driver that has not made headlines is Leclerc’s 32-year-old teammate, Sebastian Vettel. Vettel is a 4-time champion but hasn’t been able to secure a win in just over a year. However, that stat would change by the time the checkered flag waved.
PRE-RACE: Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo’s 8th place qualifying time was disallowed after the FIA found that his car exceeded the MGU-K power limit. Ricciardo was forced to start the race in last position, however, it was disclosed the infraction only gave the Aussie driver a 0.000001-second advantage.
LAP 1: Charles Leclerc pulled away when the lights went out as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel immediately began to fight for P2. Heading into to Turn 1, George Russell squeezed Daniel Ricciardo, who was already trying to storm through the field, and the incident resulted in a damaged front wing for Russell.
LAP 2: McLaren’s Carlos Sainz pitted after making contact with Nico Hulkenberg. Further problems incurred with the jack during the stop made Sainz lose a full lap and fall back to 20th place.
LAP 19: Sebastian Vettel headed to pit road as he attempted to undercut Leclerc and Hamilton. The following lap, Leclerc pitted from the lead and cycled through the field to 10th place, behind Vettel.
LAP 31: Vettel raced his way to the lead without the need of drivers pitting in front of him. Leclerc followed him through the field, putting both Ferrari’s up the front.
LAP 34: Antonio Giovinazzi and Ricciardo made contact while racing for 10th place, but neither driver sustained damage. Giovinazzi took the 10th spot while Ricciardo settled into 11th.
SAFETY CAR – LAP 36: Romain Grosjean made hard contact with George Russell in section two, spinning the Williams’ driver into the barrier.
LAP 42: Lance Stroll experienced a tire puncture and wing damage after hitting the wall and making contact with Pierre Gasly.
SAFETY CAR – LAP 44: Racing Point’s Sergio Perez pulled to the side of the track with an apparent mechanical issue as smoke billowed from the right-front of the car. Perez retired from the race.
SAFETY CAR – LAP 50: Daniil Kvyat dove to the inside of Kimi Raikkonen in Turn 1 in an aggressive overtake attempt. Kvyat locked up his tires and prevented the Finnish driver from turning. The two slid into the run-off area where Raikkonen’s race came to an end.
LAP 52: Vettel pulled away on the restart, just outside of Leclerc’s DRS zone. He maintained the 1-second gap until the end of the race.
CHECKERED FLAG – LAP 61: For the first time in 392 days, Sebastian Vettel crossed the line to win his 5th Singapore Grand Prix. Leclerc held onto 2nd to create a historic 1-2 finish for Ferrari.
- Sebastian Vettel
- Charles Leclerc
- Max Verstappen
- Lewis Hamilton
- Valtteri Bottas
- Alexander Albon
- Lando Norris
- Pierre Gasly
- Nico Hulkenberg
- Antonio Giovinazzi
- Romain Grosjean
- Carlos Sainz
- Lance Stroll
- Daniel Ricciardo
- Daniil Kvyat
- Robert Kubica
- Kevin Magnussen
- Kimi Raikkonen (DNF)
- Sergio Perez (DNF)
- George Russell (DNF)