The weekend’s F1 Grand Prix in Singapore should have been a blessing for Ferrari, but instead, it was a curse, with both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen getting tangled up in a first-lap collision that would lead to both drivers failing to finish the race. In the rain, after starting first on the grid, Vettel cut over quickly to set up for turn one, forcing Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen over into Ferrari teammate Kimi Räikkönen’s path. The resulting collision took out Räikkönen and Verstappen, damaging Vettel’s car and the car of McLaren Honda driver Fernando Alonso.
Vettel didn’t make it very far before spinning on what race commentators believe was coolant from his own car, forcing him to pit.
Despite Mercedes’ overall dominance in the 2017 F1 season so far, Sebastian Vettel was in the lead in the driver’s championship until the Italian F1 Grand Prix earlier this month. Following the drama at Singapore, Vettel now sits 28 points behind Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who won the race. With six races yet to go, Vettel could claw his way back to the top yet, but Singapore might well be remembered as the race that changed his fortune for the worse.
Ferrari still occupies second in the constructor’s championship, behind Mercedes.