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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel wins Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel ended a 13-month win drought by leading a Ferrari one-two victory at Singapore Grand Prix held on 22 September 2019. It was the first time a team had finished one-two in Singapore.

The victory was also a record 5th victory in Singapore for F-1 world champion Vettel, and 3rd in a row this season for Ferrari. Vettel took the chequered flag 2.641 seconds ahead of Monegasque team mate Charles Leclerc.

Key Highlights

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished 3rd while championship leader Lewis Hamilton was 4th. However, with 6 races remaining, Hamilton holds a 64-point lead over Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who finished 5th.

Sebastian Vettel is a four-time Formula One (F1) world champion. This was the German’s first win since the August 2018 Belgian Grand Prix. He took advantage of an early pit stop to win Singapore Grand Prix ended a 13-month winless streak in Formula One.

About Singapore Grand Prix

It is a motor race which forms a part of FIA Formula One World Championship.

The event takes place on Marina Bay Street Circuit. It was 1st held in 1966 and since then it has been held 20 times.

It was the inaugural night race and 1st street circuit in Asia designed for F1 races.

‘Formula One’ Legend: Niki Lauda dies at 70

Three-time Formula One (F1) World champion Niki Lauda dies in Vienna at the age of 70. He underwent a lung transplant in August 2018.

About Niki Lauda

  • The Austrian national was one of the best known figures in motor racing.
  • He was born in Vienna in February 1949 and became a motor racing legend.
  • He had won three Formula One (F1) world titles between 1975 and 1984.
  • He won the title for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977 and McLaren in 1984.
  • He suffered horrific injuries at German Grand Prix (GP) in 1976 and will always be remembered for his remarkable recovery and return to racing after being badly burned in the crash.
  • He has overall competed in 171 races and won 25 of them.
  • After his retirement he actively pursued business interests including his own airline later served in senior roles at F1 management as non-executive chairman at hugely successful Mercedes team since 2012, where he also helped bring British world champion Lewis Hamilton on board.