Ferrari should have left Singapore with a podium finish. Especially Kimi Raikkonen driving in a very aggressive way on the narrow streets of Singapore.
The Finn was hunting down Lewis Hamilton in the majority of the race and capitalized on Hamilton’s mistake when to move up into third. Following Mercedes changed the strategy and Hamilton attacking hardly.
Final pit-stop dilemma
Kimi was running in third place when Hamilton in fourth pitted for fresh super-soft compound with 16 laps to go.
Mercedes final stop put Ferrari in a dilemma. Should it bring the Finn into the pits the next lap, fit him with ultra-soft compound as Hamilton’s and hope Raikkonen gets out of the pits still ahead? Or should it let Raikkonen stay out with a lead of around 30 seconds and hope Hamilton can’t catch up?
Raikkonen yelled over the radio, “Are we boxing (pitting) this lap?” only to get the reply from his engineer: “I’ll let you know.”
Raikkonen said post-race: “We lost the place there, I don’t know how and why they managed to jump us, and I don’t know what would have happened if we would have stayed out. Now we have to go through everything, see what happened and what we could have done better.”
Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene backed the decision, saying “it made sense to call him to box one more time.”
Last year Singapore GP winner – Sebastian Vettel finished fifth in an impressive performance following starting at the back of the grid due to suspension failure in qualifying Q1.
Vettel said: “I know patience is not a quality of the Ferraristi. It’s not a quality of mine either, we are here to win and we’re not satisfied until it happens. But we’re progressing step by step and one day it will pay off.”