Sebastian Vettel has set his sights on making ‘the impossible possible’ and getting in the fight for the 2015 Formula 1 drivers’ championship after winning Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Vettel went wire-to-wire from pole position at Marina Bay to pick up his third victory of the season as Mercedes had a weekend to forget under the lights.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg had tried to make up for their lack of qualifying pace with an alternative strategy in the race, but it mattered little for Hamilton as he was forced to retire due to an issue with his power unit.
A second safety car period sparked by a track intruder forced Rosberg to switch strategy and move in line with the leading runners, meaning that he could only finish fourth at the checkered flag.
The result saw Vettel move to just eight points behind Rosberg in the drivers’ championship, and with just 49 separating him and Hamilton at the top, he has not given up on a fifth F1 title in 2015 yet.
“Well if we have more weekends like this, yes,” Vettel said when asked if Ferrari could take the fight to Mercedes in the final six races of the year.
“All we have to do is look after ourselves, maximum attack. What they do is not in our hands.
“We still have a small chance. Maybe we can make the impossible possible. We’ll certainly go for it.”
Vettel admitted after the race that it ranked as one of his best performances as he controlled proceedings from start to finish en route to his fourth victory around the streets of Singapore.
“It must be one of [my best wins],” Vettel said. “I think it was pretty intense. Obviously we had a bit of a breather with the safety car, but obviously still lots of pressure from behind.
“I think Daniel [Ricciardo, P2] had a very good race looking after his tires very well, which made it a bit tactical towards the end of the stints. Second stint I was dictating the pace. Obviously around here it’s difficult to overtake so I was using that and from then at some point chipping away and trying to control the gap.
“Fortunately that worked. It’s obviously a great day. We had a really great weekend, so thanks to the team.”