British press say Ferrari driver has potentially thrown away the 2017 title.
Sebastian Vettel’s extraordinary piece of recklessness triggered a potentially-pivotal turning point in the title race, according to Fleet Street.
Vettel crashed out of Sunday’s Singapore GP after a ruinous collision with Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen at the first corner.
Lewis Hamilton’s subsequent victory leaves the Mercedes driver 28 points clear in the standings with six races remaining.
‘For one so calculated, Sebastian Vettel threw the Singapore GP away with an extraordinary piece of recklessness,’ summarized The Daily Telegraph’s Oliver Brown.
The Guardian’s Giles Richards concurred with that assessment, writing that the crash was investigated after the race by the stewards and adjudged to be a racing incident, with no further action to be taken.
In The Daily Mail, Jonathan McEvoy added that there was no one to blame for the crash, insisting that the stewards found nobody was wholly or predominantly culpable, and that seemed fair. But if anyone was a touch more responsible than anyone else it seemed to be Vettel.
But McEvoy also focused on the relationship between Vettel and Verstappen, asking whether the pair’s history could have played a part in their collision.
Although there remain 150 points up for grabs before the title race is decided, The Times’ Rebecca Clancy believes Singapore can be seen as nothing else but a “massive blow to Vettel’s championship hopes” given it was a race Ferrari expected to win.
Sebastian Vettel is a German racing driver currently driving in Formula One for Scuderia Ferrari. He is a four-time Formula One World Champion, having won the championship in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 with Red Bull Racing, therefore being among the most successful F1 drivers of all time, as he is one of only four drivers to have won four or more drivers’ titles.