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Is the F1 driver’s championship slipping away from Lewis Hamilton?

Lewis Hamilton watched bitter Formula One rival Sebastian Vettel win his first race of the 2019 season at the Singapore Grand Prix. The Englishman has now failed to win any of the last three races in Formula One. Since Mercedes won the Hungarian Grand Prix, Ferrari has won each of the last three races, giving them a fighting chance at this year’s driver’s championship. Formula One fans have six more races in the 2019 season and the chase for the driver’s championship is getting tight. Fans can wager on their favourite driver to win the Russian Grand Prix and get a great bonus from this welcome offer when they sign up.

Mercedes man Hamilton is now just 65 points ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas. Meanwhile, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen are just 96 points behind the Formula One kingpin. There are six more races left this season. Could Hamilton’s grip on the Formula One driver’s championship be slipping away?

A Mercedes slump

Hamilton has already admitted it will be difficult to defeat Ferrari for the rest of the season. Ferrari’s cars have improved as the season has gone on. Previously, Ferrari’s cars were only fast on certain circuits that allowed for fast speeds rather than technical driving.

Ferrari have now won three consecutive races in Formula One. Leclerc’s win at the Belgian Grand Prix was the first victory for Ferrari this term. Ferrari were not expected to pick up the victory at the Singapore Grand Prix due to the tight twists and turns at Marina Bay. Yet, the team surprised everyone.

Expectations around Formula One are Ferrari will be successful once again at the Russian Grand Prix which takes place on Sunday, September 9th. The Italian team could have an advantage at the race due to the long, quick straightaways found at the circuit.

Ferrari’s powerful engines propelled them to success at the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix. The powerful engines could once again send Leclerc and/or Vettel to first on the podium. If either wins the Russian Grand Prix, Hamilton’s lead at the top of Formula One could be in serious danger.

Ferrari missed opportunities

Ferrari could have truly made a dent into Hamilton’s lead at the Singapore Grand Prix had Leclerc won the race. Vettel is not the type of driver to allow his younger teammate to pass him to win the race. However, the Ferrari pit chiefs and team management should have called for Vettel to let Leclerc by him.

Leclerc was not happy with the race’s result. He was the victim of an “undercut” maneuverer which allowed Vettel to move into the lead and ultimately win the race. Leclerc was furious that Vettel undercut him on the track and let his feelings be known during and after the race.

The result of the Singapore Grand Prix shows Ferrari still does not know who their No. 1 driver is, although it is clearly Leclerc. Hamilton could hold onto his current points lead and win the championship once more due to Ferrari’s uncertainty over which driver the team should back to win. Vettel should life in Singapore, but whether he can follow it up is unknown. Based on his season prior to Singapore, it is doubtful.

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