Italian racing driver Jarno Trulli thinks that it is still possible for Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel to win the 2017 Formula One world championship, despite the fact that the Italian press is livid that, with the first corner crash in Singapore, “an entire season was destroyed”.
Italian and former Formula One driver Jarno Trulli, who competed in Formula One from 1997 to 2011, driving for Minardi, Prost, Jordan, Renault, Toyota, Lotus Racing and Team Lotus agrees that the crash can be attributed partially to Sebastian Vettel and the way in which the German driver started the race on the Marina Bay Street Circuit:
“If you really want to blame one driver more than another you could say that Sebastian Vettel could have done that manoeuvre better.” – Jarno Trulli said, as reported by Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport on Tuesday – “But the championships are won at the end, not now. There are still six races and these days there are 25 points to be won each time so we know that anything can happen. Actually the championship is extremely balanced. It is clear that today 28 points seems a lot, but one false step by Mercedes and Vettel will be back. This is a Ferrari we can expect everything from. We have seen them become competitive when we did not expect it, so nothing is lost. The story is only complete at the chequered flag at the last race,” the former Renault driver added, according to the Italian media.
However, the Italian press has lashed out at the Maranello team and Sebastian Vettel after a disastrous outcome of the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix. as the Italian team and boss Maurizio Arrivabene blamed Max Verstappen for the first corner crash that wiped out both Ferraris on Sunday. Sebastian Vettel’s points deficit to main title rival Lewis Hamilton is now up to 28 points in the Formula 1 Driver Standings, ahead of the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix: “Ferrari did everything wrong.” – La Gazzetta dello Sport wrote – “The red cars destroyed themselves in a way that even the best horror movie director could not imagine.”
The front page of Corriere dello Sport declared: “No, Vettel! Not like that! The first 300 metres in Singapore was one of the most catastrophic events for Ferrari in the last decade.” And Italian sport newspaper published in Turin Tuttosport added: “A catastrophic accident drowns Maranello’s world title hopes. In a few seconds an entire season is destroyed.” While La Stampa concluded: “Hamilton can now walk to the world title.”