SPORT Ve el puts Singapore crash behind him to focus on Malaysia
THE MYANMAR TIMES
SEBASTIAN Vettel is wasting no energy in his title fight with Lewis Hamilton.
After blowing pole position by causing a crash at the Singapore GP two weeks ago, the Ferrari driver threw away a golden chance to regain the championship lead from Lewis Hamilton.
It put him 28 points behind Hamilton with six races to go, starting with this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix. But speaking yesterday, Vettel said he has already cast it from his mind.
“I’m not too fussed about the amount of points. It doesn’t change anything for how we tackle the last races,” Vettel said. “It’s part of racing. Not much point looking at it over and over again, your energy is best spent looking forward.”
Vettel said he “moved on” within two days of the incident. However, he does concede that the last two races in Italy — where he finished third — and Singapore were below par for a team of Ferrari’s high standards.
“If you look at the last two races, we’re not happy and we’re not proud of them,” said Vettel, who has won four times in Malaysia.
Mercedes has the upper hand and Vettel’s margin for error is increasingly small. He can ill afford another blip in Malaysia, where the intense heat and stifling humidity make it one of Formula One’s toughest races.
“They are taking away the toughest, if not the toughest race of the season,” Hamilton said. “It is sad to think this is our last race at Sepang.”
Neither Vettel nor Hamilton have fond memories of last year, however, with both failing to finish the race as Red Bull clinched a 1-2 with Ricciardo holding off Max Verstappen.
Vettel could use a helping hand from Red Bull now.
Red Bull has been improving in recent weeks and looked strong in Singapore qualifying, placing both cars ahead of Hamilton and Bottas.
Ricciardo appears particularly strong, with his second-place finish in Singapore earning him a seventh podium position in the past 10 races.