Pit Strategy Helps Vettel Earn Singapore Victory, Leclerc Finishes 2nd For Ferrari 1-2

It appears that maybe the pendulum has turned in Formula One. Heading into the summer break, Mercedes had won 10 of the first 12 races of the season. Red Bull Racing won the other two that they didn’t win.

But, in the three races since, it’s been all Ferrari.

Charles Leclerc has won all three poles and hasn’t finished worse than second. He had just one top two finish in the first 12 races.

Sebastian Vettel had three runner-ups in the first 12 races but on Sunday he ended a winless drought that stretched over a year en route to the Singapore Grand Prix victory. Vettel, was helped by short pitting the first stint and never looked back once he inherited the lead as he earned his 53th career F1 win and first in 392 days.

The last time Vettel tasted victory was in the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix. Now, he’s victorious on Sunday night.

Vettel, ran third for the first stages but hit pit lane on Lap 19 to try and get track position for after the stint concluded. It paid off.

Vettel, came out first while Leclerc was second. They’d run that way for the rest of the race as it was the first time in the events history that a team finished 1-2. It was also the first time that Ferrari has won three straight races in 11 years (2008) too.

Vettel, now has four top four finishes in his last five starts on the season and his fifth win in Singapore. Since 2010, Vettel has seven top two finishes in 10 Singapore Grand Prix starts.

He had a great weekend too as he was never further than third in any session.

For Leclerc, he now has three straight top two finishes in his No. 16 Ferrari.

Max Verstappen charged from fifth to being his No. 33 Honda home third for his second straight Singapore podium. The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top five.

Mercedes, has struggled since the summer break. Bottas, has finishes of third, second and fifth respectively while Hamilton has been second, third and fourth respectively.

They’re going backwards.

Mercedes had won four of the last five races in Singapore before failing to get a car on the podium on Sunday. This was just the second time in the hybrid era that Hamilton didn’t get a podium on the race track.

Hamilton leads Bottas by 65 points while Leclerc and Verstappen are now within 96. Vettel, is 102 points arrears.

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