Hamilton hopes for a miracle
Lewis Hamilton is calling for a miracle to dig him out of his Singapore hole after he qualified only fifth for today’s race.
Hamilton’s Mercedes team have long predicted that they would struggle at this grand prix and so it proved in qualifying with the Briton 0.635 seconds adrift of Vettel’s pole lap. His team-mate Valtteri Bottas was even further back in sixth.
The high-downforce tracks have suited Ferrari this year, and worked against Mercedes, and while it appeared at one stage as though Red Bull teenager Verstappen would become the sport’s youngest ever pole sitter, Vettel produced the goods when it mattered most.
“I am going to have to figure out how to pull a miracle out of somewhere,” said Hamilton. “It is difficult to know what to predict at this track.
“It is not a good racing circuit because you can’t overtake as it is very hard to follow so the race is generally a procession. But there is the start which can be exciting and safety cars do often come in to play here, too.
“Strategy can also be an exciting part of the race. I have just got to keep the pressure on the guys in front without overcooking my car.”
The race in Singapore has been billed as a must-win for Vettel and the relief in his voice was palpable when he stuck his Ferrari on pole.
Away from the track, Hamilton, 32, has also revealed this weekend that he will be adapting his diet after watching the pro-vegan Netflix film ‘What the Health’.
Explaining his decision, Hamilton said: “I love animals, and this documentary is really insightful. The pollution that is coming from producing cows is incredible. They say it is more than what we emit with our cars and flights. I want a healthy life. I don’t want to have diabetes, or heart and cancer issues which have been in my family.”
It’s not looking good: Lewis Hamilton.