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Singapore GP | From Hamilton's elation to Ferrari's defeat

Collecting the juciest reactions of the top 3 drivers from the Singapore Grand Prix.

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Singapore GP | From Hamilton's elation to Ferrari's defeat
Fuente imagen: MotorLAT

Boredom the winner. This is how Ferrari fired a great deal of salty shots to Mercedes and its perfectly-executed Singapore Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel did not recover from yesterday's P3 and once again Marina Bay proved that a successful qualifying is the biggest advantage you could possibly get looking towards the race.

Ferrari's strategy on Sebastian Vettel reflected the confusion that reigns supreme since he started corkscrewing into a spiral of costly errors this summer. On the German was employed a one-stopper featuring an early entrance into the pits to switch from HS to US tyres. Getting stuck behind an utterly frustrated Sergio Perez did not help, considering that the SF71H was totally unable to express its full potential on Pirelli's purple-banded tyre.

Vettel's race pace floated around two or three seconds slower than frontrunners Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen halfway through the race, before the pack closed the gap almost completely. However, Vettel was not endowed with any aces upon his sleeves, whereas Hamilton shone bright after taking profit from yesterday's flawless qualifying.

At the FIA press conference, Vettel explained his and Ferrari's aim was to act as much aggressively as possible towards Mercedes, even trying an undercut which in the end did not work. Lewis Hamilton now holds a 40-point lead on the Ferrari driver, which needs to bounce back without any faults for the remainder of the season.

Vettel did not try and find any excuses: "We tried something and couldn't make up any ground today. Mercedes did a good job yesterday. I don't think we were chanceless yesterday."

The Briton gives it all to the mentality delving into the race: "You have to go into a weekend with the mentality I will win... Clear mentality. I have to say I win, or you'd finish second."

"My communication with the debriefs have been better then it has ever been. For months we knew it would be difficult but we have been working hard. We have improved with the tyres"

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