September 17, 2017: Ferrari disaster in Singapore – HISTORY

Mercedes’ double win at the Italian Grand Prix five years ago, in the 2017 season, led to a clear and balanced position in the drivers’ classification: with success at Monza, Lewis Hamilton He retained his world championship lead, leading Ferrari by only three points Sebastian VettelAll seven rounds of the championship final. Archived the test in Italy, therefore, presented the first direct challenge between the two himself with Singapore Grand Prix 2017, il September 17. Head-to-head, in a totally sexy way, he was able to smile at Hamilton at the Circuit Marina Baywithout any special efforts on the part of the British.

To better understand what happened, it is necessary to take a step back. That season, the number 44 man from Mercedes found himself for the first time, Valtteri Bottas, a teammate, called by Williams to replace the character Nico Rosberg, who retired from racing after winning the title the previous year. On the contrary, Ferrari confirmed that the pair formed Vettel and Kimi Raikkonenwith the Germans in a full-fledged battle to seize the seal of the fifth world championship, corresponding to the first with red.

On the eve of the Asian weekend, it was McLaren Announcing the end of the relationship with Honda engines for 2018, the English team formalized a new and unprecedented agreement with Renault. At the same time, the Japanese manufacturer has signed a new partnership with Toro Rosso, also from 2018, while the driver market has been marked by the passage of time. Carlos Sainz From the same team from Faenza to Renault, in this case instead of Jolyon Palmer.

In all of this, to dominate the free practice scene was absolutely Red Bull: In fact, the Anglo-Austrian team closed all three driving sessions, in two cases with Daniel Ricciardo and in one with Max Verstappen. With these assumptions, qualifying seemed to book a positive result for one of the Milton Keynes drivers, which turned out not to be the case: the fight for first place actually rewarded an ex-Red Bull as Sebastian Vettel, right in front of his RB14s and teammate Raikkonen, in turn ahead of Hamilton.

With the English’s fifth, therefore, the German’s start to the post can be used as a golden opportunity to maintain leadership even in the race, and try to overtake a counterattack in the world championship: a goal, however, is literally destroyed in the street. When the green light came, Ferrari number 5 closed to his left VerstappenOn the other side of the track, is surrounded by Raikkonen. The latter, trying to bypass the Dutchman, came in contact At number 33, he loses control of the car and crashes against your teammate. Verstappen commented in post-race interviews on the ring as follows: “I’m glad my Ferrari drivers have retired too and not just me,” asserting his innocence as he found himself in a “sandwich” by the two car drivers. Scuderia di Maranello.

With this exciting double KO for Maranello, Lewis Hamilton made the best use of it, taking the lead ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, then Valtteri Bottas back in third. Thanks to the collision at the start, the Singapore Grand Prix also had major implications for the world championship for Ferrari and Vettel. Thus the Englishman, who had two more victories at the end of the season, had a chance to win his victory Fourth world titleMercedes has also established itself in the constructors’ championship.

FP | Alessandro Prada

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