Vettel fights from last on grid to finish fifth in Singapore

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Sebastian Vettel bounced back from an issue in qualifying that left him last on the grid to finish Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix in fifth position.

Four-time Formula 1 world champion Vettel entered the Singapore weekend targeting Ferrari’s first victory of the season, having won last year’s race at Marina Bay.

However, a rear anti-roll bar failure in qualifying resigned the German to 22nd place on the grid for the start, limiting his hopes of a big result.

Vettel made an aggressive two-stop strategy work perfectly which, combined with some aggressive overtakes around the tight confines of the street circuit, gave him fifth place at the checkered flag.

“Tough day yesterday and a better one today,” Vettel told NBCSN after the race.

“Overtaking here is rare, but I got a couple guys, especially into Turn 7. The fight I had with Esteban [Gutierrez] and Carlos [Sainz Jr.] didn’t last too long. But it was fun! Three cars, together into Turn 9, in end I was happy I came out ahead.

“It was a good race. We were gambling for a safety car starting on harder tires. We didn’t use the pace of the car on the ultra-soft.”

Despite Vettel’s fightback, Ferrari lost yet more ground on Red Bull in the race for second place in the constructors’ championship as Daniel Ricciardo finished the race second.

Vettel feels that Ferrari could have been a match for Red Bull in Singapore, and that the Italian marque needs to wipe away the 15-point gap in the constructors’ over the coming races.

“I think [Red Bull] is a match. The problem is where we couldn’t really show what we could do,” Vettel said.

“It’s nobody’s fault. Sometimes it’s ours. The next couple races we need to get ahead of Red Bull in constructors.

“The season is not over. We’re here to win, [but] we’re far away at the moment. But every race is another opportunity.”

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold