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F1 Singpaore Grand Prix 2019, Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari strategy

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Ferrari have explained why they pitted Sebastian Vettel first and not Charles Leclerc in the strategy that changed the destination of the Singapore Grand Prix victory.

Team boss Mattia Binotto has also revealed they did consider swapping their drivers positions back after the ‘undercut’ which Vettel benefited from was “more powerful than expected”.

Vettel jumped his race-leading teammate and second-placed Lewis Hamilton when he was brought in on lap 19 for fresh tyres after a cat-and-mouse opening stint among the front runners.

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Bathurst 1000, Triple Eight pit strategy, Jamie Whincup, Craig Lowndes

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In a Bathurst blockbuster that went for nearly six and a half hours, a five-second fuel stop proved the difference for the Red Bull Holden Racing Team and the #888 in winning the race.

While conjecture remains over whether Fabian Coulthard’s Safety Car go-slow influenced the outcome, with Scott McLaughlin holding on to win for DJR Team Penske in a final-lap dash, the factory Holden squad took a series of gambles — and produced errors — they would rue by race’s end.

The ‘dream team’ pairing of Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes in the #888 entry started fourth, and finished fourth. In between lights-out and the chequered flag, at times you could have pencilled them in for the win — but they would finish where they started.

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Bathurst 1000: As it happened

Bathurst 1000: As it happened

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Mercedes F1 constructors champions, F1 Japanese GP, Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton

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Mercedes celebrated making Formula 1 history as the “special” six-time world champions underlined their status as the undisputed kings of the sport’s current era.

Valtteri Bottas’ emphatic victory at Suzuka and Lewis Hamilton’s third-place finish — plus bonus point for fastest lap — meant Mercedes wrapped up the 2019 constructors’ championship at the first opportunity, despite Ferrari having locked out the grid’s front row earlier on Sunday morning.

Not only did the result tie Ferrari’s record for the most consecutive constructors’ championship — six in a row — it also meant that only Hamilton or Bottas can now mathematically finish the year as the world drivers’ champion.

Mercedes are therefore assured of becoming the first team to win six drivers’ and constructors’ doubles in succession, eclipsing the record of five they have shared with Ferrari (2000-2004) since last year.

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F1 Japanese GP, driver ratings, Valtteri Bottas

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Rating those who really did have an F1 Super Sunday — and those who had one to forget.

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Qualified 3rd, Finished 1st

A performance that Valtteri Bottas has been waiting for, evoking memories from the start of the season when he was a more consistent challenger to Lewis Hamilton.

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