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Brawn: Title still possible for Ferrari, but spell has been broken
F1 sporting manager Ross Brawn believes Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel still have a shot at the world title, but the Scuderia urgently needs to recoup its momentum.
“Mercedes leave Singapore in high spirits, Ferrari must be somewhat concerned by their form at Marina Bay, and in recent weeks,”
“After the summer break, the Italian team was dominant, winning in Spa and getting both cars on the front row in Monza. However, since then, the spell has been broken.”
“At its home race, the defeat could be put down to various incidents, but in Singapore, both Mercedes and Red Bull were better.
“Not by much, as on the streets of Marina Bay the gaps separating the top three were hardly a chasm, but by enough, as third in qualifying and in the race for Vettel seemed about the right result.
“The men in red admitted they made the most of what was available to them and they need to work out why as soon as possible,” added the Brit.
“The gap in both championships is not yet insurmountable, but it is significant, especially against a strong rival in the habit of winning
“Ferrari can count on a car that has always been competitive and on drivers who know how to fight for a title, but now they need to turn things around, starting in Sochi.”
Hamilton given championship warning by Horner
“Usually he’s very good under pressure,” said Horner of the German.
“He certainly won’t give up, he was 40-odd points before down I think in 2012. But obviously it will be disappointing for him to have lost out to Lewis at this race.
“The Ferrari’s a very quick car. There’s still six races to go, 150 points available. Anything can still happen but Lewis is over a weekend and third place ahead.
“Obviously it looks like Lewis is in the driving seat now. He’s just got to be consistent to year-end. It’s going to be an uphill battle [for Ferrari] to get themselves back into it.”
Wehrlein on pole for Toro Rosso seat
“I am looking for new challenges and opportunities, and am currently talking to other teams about a cockpit for next season,” Wehrlein revealed.
France’s L’Equipe reports that the team could be Toro Rosso.
— e-racing365 (@eracing365) September 18, 2018