Vettel chasing third consecutive win in Singapore

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Sebastian Vettel is keen on clinching a third consecutive win at the Singapore Grand Prix next weekend, aiding him en route to his fourth world championship that is looking all-the-more likely.

The German driver currently leads Fernando Alonso by fifty-three points in the drivers’ standings heading into the final seven races of the season, having only hit his top form at this point last year. If Vettel could take a third straight win in Singapore this weekend (winning the race in 2011 and 2012), it would crush any hopes the chasing pack had of stopping him from taking a fourth title in a row this season.

“My wins in 2011 and 2012 were the best [memories of the race] because I think it’s one of the toughest races of the year to be honest, so to win is an amazing moment and you feel you deserve the champagne!” Vettel said in Red Bull’s race preview.

Like many drivers, Vettel has spoken about the physical challenge of the race, making it one of the toughest on the calendar.

“It’s a very long race; the full two hours so the race just seems to go on forever. The circuit itself is a killer because there are so many bumps, there’s no room for mistakes.”

With a fifty-three point lead, it would take a remarkable turnaround for Vettel to lose the championship from this position. However, Red Bull are refusing to become complacent, insisting that so long as their rivals stand a mathematical chance they will continue to push and develop the RB9.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.