Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel and the Maranello team need a perfect end to the season to overhaul Lewis Hamilton and secure F1 glory. That is according to two-time World Drivers’ Championship winner Mika Hakkinen, who has hailed his compatriot Kimi Raikkonen.
Sebastian Vettel goes into this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix with a 30-point deficit between himself and Mercedes man Hamilton in the standings. And, in part, he has a nightmare start to the Italian Grand Prix 10 days ago to thank for being so far behind the Brit.
Sebastian Vettel will be eager to put things right at the Marina Bay Street Circuit as he seeks to secure a fifth F1 title this season and Mika Hakkinen has outlined what Ferrari must do collectively in order to get the better of Hamilton: “There are seven races remaining in this year’s World Championship and Ferrari cannot afford to have further battles between their drivers, mistakes by Sebastian or errors in race strategy,” Hakinnen wrote for Unibet – “To beat Lewis, Valtteri and the Mercedes team, Ferrari now needs to do a perfect job every weekend and hope that Mercedes has some problems. Next week’s Singapore Grand Prix is not one of Mercedes’ favourite tracks, and the Ferraris should be very quick there again.” – he added.
“Last year Sebastian qualified on pole position but both Ferraris were destroyed at the start in an unnecessary accident with Max Verstappen. One year later Ferrari still needs to focus on who they are racing. Certainly not each other, and definitely no one other than Lewis, Valtteri [Bottas] and Mercedes.” – he explained.
Mika Hakkinen praised Raikkonen’s performance at the Italian Grand Prix weekend, which came a week before it was announced he is leaving Ferrari: “Kimi’s 100th podium finish in Formula One is a great achievement, and also his pole position lap being the fastest in Formula One history at 263.5kmph,” Mika Hakkinen said – “A victory on Sunday would have been special, but he fought hard and it was fantastic to see the support he and Ferrari had. For the Ferrari team, however, and Sebastian in particular, this was a disappointing day.” – the former Formula 1 driver concluded.