Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel drives in the first free practice session in Singapore
2018 F1 Singapore Grand Prix
- Where: Marina Bay Street Circuit
- When: Sunday 16 September
- Race start time: 1.10pm (UK time)
Vettel: I am my own worst enemy
Sebastian Vettel goes into this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix 30 points behind world champion Lewis Hamilton at the top of the Formula 1 drivers’ standings.
Despite the points deficit Vettel remains confident of chasing down Hamilton – but admits that it’s not the Mercedes driver’s form that is hindering his title chances.
Ferrari ace Vettel finished fourth at Monza after a first-lap collision with Hamilton in the Italian GP and has also had “uncharacteristic mistakes” in Azerbaijan, France and Germany, F1.com reports.
When asked about the mistakes the four-time world champion said: “I think it is pretty straightforward for me. I think the biggest enemy is me. We have a great car, I have something to play with and we have all the chances to do it in our way.
“Obviously Lewis is the leader at the moment, he’s the one ahead and he is the one to beat, but I think we have all the chances – and how much they could be better by now and so on is a different question.
“We still have a very good chance, and as I said, we will be our first enemy and not him as a person or them as a team. I think we need to look after ourselves. If we do that we have a good chance to do well and win races.”
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— Philip Duncan (@PhilDuncanF1) September 14, 2018
Hamilton focused on F1 title not fashion
Lewis Hamilton says he is always thinking about racing despite being accused of spending too much time on his outside interests.
Since winning at Monza on 2 September Hamilton has been busy launching his new fashion line with Tommy Hilfiger.
However, The Guardian reports that the British driver was “emphatic he had not sacrificed any attention to the day job”.
Hamilton said: “From experience I’ve been able to move around even more than I have these past two weeks and still arrive and be able to switch into race mode.
“There’s not a single moment during those two weeks that I’m not thinking about racing, not thinking about the championship, how I want to arrive.
“Make sure, knowing that we’re coming to a difficult race, that you need to see if you can bring more. There’s not a moment that I don’t think about it.”
— Lando Norris (@LandoNorris) September 13, 2018
Has Lewis upset Lando?
Speaking at the pre-race press conference in Singapore Lewis Hamilton was asked by The Times’ Rebecca Clancy about McLaren naming British teenager Lando Norris as one of their drivers next season.
Clancy asked the F1 world champion what it will be like to have another Brit on the grid in 2019 and if he would give Norris any advice.
Hamilton replied: “I wouldn’t give him advice. Obviously if he asked for it, he could get it if he wanted. If I’m really honest, I don’t really look at nationalities. I don’t look down the order and think; ‘there’s another Brit’, or ‘there’s another German,’ or anything like that.
“I just… that’s not something that really appeals to me. England’s always producing good drivers. They have them; there’s quite a lot of them. It’s not like Formula 1’s never going to have a British driver, so… yeah, wish him all the best.”