SINGAPORE: Lewis Hamilton arrives here as Formula One leader and the season’s first back-to-back winner, but Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel could dash the Mercedes driver’s hopes of a third win in a row on Sunday.

Hamilton led teammate Valtteri Bottas in a dominant one-two at the Italian Grand Prix two weeks ago to take his second successive win from a record 69th pole position.

Vettel trailed home in third place, more than half a minute behind the Briton, and lost the overall lead he had enjoyed all season with Hamilton now three points clear and seven races remaining.

Now Mercedes are braced for a Ferrari backlash at the Marina Bay street circuit.“Singapore will be a different story but it’s better to go there in the lead than behind,” the team’s non-executive chairman Niki Lauda told Reuters after the Monza race.

Hamilton also expects a closer battle.“I think the learning from these two weeks should hopefully put us in a better position for Singapore,” he told reporters.“But I think still Ferrari are going to be quick there. They’re rapid through the medium and low speed sections of the circuits.”

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Source:: The News International – Sports

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