Another disaster for Ferrari leaves Vettel's title hopes in tatters

It's looking grim for the Scuderia after another DNF.

2y ago

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Sebastian Vettel managed just a handful of laps in today's Japanese Grand Prix, while championship rival Lewis Hamilton converted pole into victory.

The Ferrari driver was forced out of contention early on for the second time in three races, all but ending his hopes of a fifth world title.

The first sign that Seb had problems came on the grid when Ferrari mechanics swarmed around his car. It transpired that Vettel had a spark plug issue, but it seemed that the team had solved the problem before the start.

Ferrari tried in vain to solve Vettel's spark plug issues. (Pic: Sutton Images)

Ferrari tried in vain to solve Vettel's spark plug issues. (Pic: Sutton Images)

He began the race without any obvious issues, slotting in behind Hamilton but remaining ahead of Max Verstappen.

But the Red Bull driver passed the Ferrari during lap one and Seb was then swamped by Esteban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo as lap two began. A safety car gave him brief respite, but when it came in Vettel lost yet more positions.

Soon he got the dreaded call from the pits: "Box Sebastian, box. We retire the car."

Verstappen passed Seb on lap one. (Pic: Sutton Images)

Verstappen passed Seb on lap one. (Pic: Sutton Images)

Out front Lewis seemed set for an easy win, but a late vibration left him looking vulnerable to Verstappen. Ultimately the Mercedes was lucky in traffic while the Red Bull wasn't, helping to secure victory for Hamilton.

That puts him 59 points clear of Vettel, all but ending the Ferrari man's championship hopes. Lewis can secure the title at the next round in Austin.

It was a very good day for Lewis. (Pic: Sutton Images)

It was a very good day for Lewis. (Pic: Sutton Images)

Daniel Ricciardo completed the podium ahead of Valtteri Bottas, with Kimi Raikkonen a lonely fifth. Next came the two Force Indias, two Haas cars, and the Williams of Felipe Massa. There was little in the way of action, though Kevin Magnussen did put a punchy move on Massa to seal his P8 finish.

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Comments (14)

  • This is motorsport. But is incredible situation!!!

    Forza Ferrari 4ever!!! Keep fighting Seb

      2 years ago
    • Ferrari can’t even prep his car right. How many times this season has Vettel suffered at the hands of the Ferrari machine

        2 years ago
    • if al you complaners think its so easy than start your one f1 team so we al can laugh at you.f1 is a mechanical sport sometimes it al works out and sometimes nothing works at al... live with it or shut up

        2 years ago
  • what, Karma is racing really, racing is racing its either you want to win or lose its up to you, you must have a desire and that desire wins races nothing else

      2 years ago
  • Absolutelly agree when its called Karma. Ferrari can only blame itself.

      2 years ago
  • It’s called Karma! Vettel turns in on Stroll as the video evidence from Stroll s car proved beyond any doubt. Vettel is a prick, but for the Ferrari team to not be able to prep his car when he needs the best they can give him is a joke. Ferrari have knocked themselves out and that along with Vettels actions make me smile

      2 years ago
    • Karma for what you retard? Vettel kept a constant distance to stroll and the kerb, where as stroll just drove straight, Hamilton once again gets another lucky championship.

        2 years ago
    • David, if you looked at another video, from behind both of them, you see very clearly, the left hander, as Seb is following the outside line,way off line,to pick up rubber , as Stroll is on the inside line, then goes wide to pick up that same...

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        2 years ago
  • Ferrari's new technical management :-)

      2 years ago
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