A question mark continues to linger over the future of the historic Italian Grand Prix. The race at Monza has been under a cloud for some time, but after the latest meeting of the organising club the Aci, president Angelo Sticchi Damiani says that uncertainty persists. “We wanted to inform the officials that we cannot run the race under the existing terms of the contract,” he is quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport. “The revenue from ticket sales does not cover the cost of the organisation, and already our losses in amount to €11m-€12m. “We will fulfil the conditions of the current contract, but if we do not agree with Liberty Media on new ones, after 2019 we will not be able to be on the calendar.” Sticchi Damiani said that it is a similar story at Silverstone, where the British Grand Prix could also fall off the calendar after 2019. “In Formula 1, it must be understood that under European Union … [Read more...] about Monza and Silverstone still in doubt after 2019
Until Saturday evening it looked unlikely. Singapore has been a shocker of a track for Mercedes in the turbo hybrid era, despite their post-2014 dominance of Formula One. This year looked a little better but everything still pointed towards Ferrari running away with it in qualifying. Yes, Lewis Hamilton won at the Marina Bay Street Circuit last year but that was a fortuitous victory made possible by the front three cars being eliminated on the very first lap. Yes, in the second part of qualifying Hamilton was only 0.15 seconds away from the leading Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen. But the look on the face of his Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff as the 33-year-old secured pole with an astonishing lap said it all. The Austrian could barely conceal his joy. Not that he wanted to - his grin was in danger of engulfing his entire head. On a Saturday night in Singapore it 100 per cent came down to Hamilton's skill. And nothing more. The race on Sunday was a much simpler - and duller - … [Read more...] about Lewis Hamilton’s stunning Singapore GP pole and victory prove again why he is in a class of his own
Sebastian Vettel on Sunday night pointed the finger at his Ferrari team after a strategy error saw him lose further ground in the championship to Lewis Hamilton. Vettel passed Max Verstappen on the opening lap of Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix, but then fell behind the Red Bull driver following a curiously early stop. The German was the first of the leaders to pit for fresh tyres, but re-joined in traffic and behind the Force India of Sergio Perez. Vettel finally passed Perez, but he had lost time to Hamilton, and Verstappen, who had yet to change his tyres. When the Dutchman did come in, four laps later than Vettel, he had pulled out enough of a gap to leapfrog the Ferrari car for second. Unlike his rivals, Vettel was also put on the less durable ultrasoft tyres by his team, which meant he had to carefully tip-toe to the flag. “I said before the weekend that we can only beat ourselves, and we didn’t get everything out of our package,” … [Read more...] about Sebastian Vettel: We stood no chance the way that we raced in Singapore
The Singapore Grand Prix was another race where Ferrari were expected to emerge ahead of Mercedes. It was another race where they did not. The Silver Arrows have struggled around the Marina Bay Street Circuit for some time and have been behind the Scuderia on raw pace for several grands prix. Singapore looked like a round that Sebastian Vettel had to win. And his chances looked good until Lewis Hamilton found a "magic" lap in qualifying to deliver another painful blow to Ferrari and Vettel's title chances. Hamilton followed his stunning pole with a comfortable victory under lights on Sunday. Ferrari, again, will head back to Maranello scratching their heads and licking their wounds as both titles... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week … [Read more...] about Singapore GP 2018 talking points: Have Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes ended Sebastian Vettel’s title hopes?
16 September 2018 • 12:13pm Race begins at 1.10pm BST Lewis Hamilton starts on pole position after stunning qualifying lap Max Verstappen second, Sebastian Vettel third Auto update On Off 12:13PM That lap from Hamilton... View this post on Instagram @lewishamilton’s best ever pole lap? Watch it in full (swipe for part 2!) . #SingaporeGP #LewisHamilton #F1 #Formula1 #Mercedes @mercedesamgf1 A post shared by FORMULA 1® (@f1) on Sep 15, 2018 at 10:27am PDT Worth a watch, for sure. Was it perfect? No. But it wasn't far away. 12:11PM A look a little further down the grid... Not that much further initially but a word for Force India, who brought several upgrades to Singapore. They appear to be working well with Sergio Perez qualifying in seventh and Esteban Ocon in ninth. Perez was the standout performer of the midfield and his time was under a second away from Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull in sixth and just … [Read more...] about F1 live: Singapore Grand Prix 2018