Vettel secures first win in over a year in Singapore
2019 Singapore Grand Prix Ferrari strategy left Leclerc unhappy
A much-needed victory went Sebastian Vettel‘s way as the German leapfrogged his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Leclerc was on pole and led the race, but Ferrari pitted Vettel early due to concerns about him falling behind Nico Hulkenberg.
When he came out, his fresh tyres saw him set an incredible pace and end up ahead of Leclerc when the man from Monaco pitted.
“What the hell?” Leclerc said through team radio.
“To be completely honest, I don’t understand the undercut.
“It’s not fair.”
Leclerc, though, said afterwards that he was pleased the team could make it a one-two finish.
Vettel didn’t mind the circumstances of the win as he made it to the top of the podium for the first time since the Belgian Grand Prix of 2018, 13 months ago.
“The start of the season has been difficult for us, but then we started to come alive and I’m really proud of everyone’s work back home,” he said.
“I really want to thank the fans over the last couple of weeks.
“We haven’t been the best and I’m happy to get so many letters and nice messages.
“It gives me lots of strength and belief and I put it all into the car today.”
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton finished fourth, behind the two Ferraris and Max Verstappen.