Vettel knew that he could “turn things around”
Singapore Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel has said he knew that he could “turn things around” after a number of difficult Grand Prix weekends.
Vettel took his first win in over a year at the Marina Bay Circuit last weekend, leapfrogging ahead of his team-mate Charles Leclerc at the first round of stops.
Ferrari pitted Vettel one lap earlier than Leclerc to cover off the Red Bull of Max Verstappen, but the undercut had a bigger effect than the Scuderia realised, and Vettel emerged ahead of his team-mate as Leclerc returned to the track from the pits.
Vettel managed his pace well to win the race, ending a win drought of 22 races, and firmly putting behind to bed a run of bad form that saw him completely out-paced by Leclerc in Spa, before making an un-forced error in the Italian Grand Prix, which led to a 10 second stop-and-go penalty after he collided with Lance Stroll whilst returning to the track.
Speaking after the race, Vettel said: “After yesterday, when I wasn’t able to get everything out of the car, I am pleased with the way everything went today. It was about time!
“The last few weeks have been far from simple for me, but in the end, I knew I could turn things around.
“I never stopped believing in myself and today, with the great help of the team here and in Maranello, we got the result we should always be aiming for.”
The 1-2 result came as a surprise to Ferrari, with the team arriving in Singapore expecting to struggle for pace as their car lacks downforce compared to their rivals Mercedes and Red Bull.
But the Italian team brought a raft of new aerodynamic updates with them to the circuit and they looked to have a positive impact as Leclerc took pole position before Vettel won the race.
“The 1-2 today is very important to us because we achieved it in a different scenario, on a very different type of circuit to Spa-Francorchamps or Monza.” commented Ferrari Team Principal, Mattia Binotto.
“The aero update we brought here worked well and, combined with our drivers’ confidence around here and the tyres, that we managed to get to work properly, we actually got more than we expected today.”