F1 LIVE: Vettel return gains momentum as Lewis Hamilton offers Red Bull theory

The Singapore Grand Prix was one of the most entertaining races of the season so far with Carlos Sainz, Lando Norris and the two Mercedes drivers battling for the victory.

With Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez starting the Grand Prix in no man’s land outside of the top ten, the best of the rest were freed up to fight for victory and become the first non-Red Bull driver to win in 2023.

A masterful defensive drive helped Sainz and Norris hold onto the top two positions on the podium, while Hamilton inherited the final spot on the rostrum after team-mate George Russell crashed on the final lap of the race. 

Meanwhile, further down the grid, Verstappen fought back to finish fifth, way behind the leading trio but close enough to the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, while Checo kept hold of P8 despite a post-race penalty for a collision with Alex Albon.

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Hamilton’s Red Bull theory

Lewis Hamilton has theorised that Red Bull’s recent fall off could be because they are already working on next season’s car, as well as due to the reduced wind-tunnel time.

Speaking after the Singapore Grand Prix, Hamilton said: “I don’t really know why they’re off, pace-wise. But I think it’s great to see that others, like [McLaren and Ferrari] have picked up a huge amount of pace.

“It’s great to see that Ferrari have really stepped it up, and I think it’s a positive. Probably, if you think about it, they haven’t been developing. Obviously, McLaren brought an upgrade here, others are bringing up upgrades.

“They’re working on next year’s car so… they have less wind tunnel time, so they’re probably using some of this year’s for next year’s, they would have definitely migrated before us.”

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