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first_img Next Reuters SingaporeSeptember 23, 2019UPDATED: September 23, 2019 15:15 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSVettel pitted first and leapfrogged Leclerc in a tactic known as an undercutLeclerc, who had led from pole position, finished 2nd behind Vettel as a resultVettel and Leclerc handed Ferrari their first one-two finish since the 2017 Hungarian Grand PrixFerrari defended their Singapore Grand Prix pit-stop strategy on Sunday after it set up Sebastian Vettel to beat team mate Charles Leclerc, who had led from pole position, in a one-two finish.The Monegasque had seemed in control and heading for a third straight win after back-to-back victories in Belgium and Italy, but Vettel pitted first and leapfrogged Leclerc in a tactic known as an undercut.The victory was the German’s first in nearly 13 months and handed Ferrari their first one-two finish since the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix.Leclerc was vocal in expressing his displeasure over the team radio but team principal Mattia Binotto said stopping Vettel a lap earlier had been the right call in the bigger picture.The move prevented Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas from using the undercut themselves to get ahead of Ferrari.”Verstappen and Bottas were ready to stop, we knew that, and the best way to protect Sebastian’s position was to stop him,” Binotto told reporters.”So it was the right timing to stop Seb and on that I think there are no discussions.”Usually, teams follow a policy where they pit the lead car first and give them the benefit of fresh tyres.Binotto said that was not an option in this case as Ferrari feared Leclerc, a 21-year-old in only his second season in Formula One, would come out behind slower cars.He was brought in on the lap after Vettel pitted. Binotto said they had not expected the four times world champion to gain as much time (3.9 seconds) on his fresher tyres as he had.advertisement”As a matter of fact, when we stopped Sebastian, we thought that Charles stopping the lap after, he would have remained ahead of Sebastian,” said the Italian.Asked if Ferrari had considered swapping their drivers around given the unintended consequence of the pit strategy, Binotto said they had but ultimately decided against it.”We are still discussing with our two drivers whether that was the right choice or not, something which internally we may still have a different opinion (on),” he said.Leclerc said he had understood the situation a lot better than in the heat of the moment behind the wheel.”Obviously I wished I was one step higher today but it’s part of life,” he said. “Sometimes it goes that way and I’ll bounce back stronger in (the next race) Russia.”Also Read | Lewis Hamilton promises to ‘get back in the scrum’ after missing Singapore GP podiumAlso Read | Fan mails, messages gave me a lot of belief: Sebastian Vettel after Singapore GP winAlso Read | Singapore GP: Vettel ends win drought to deny Leclerc title hat-trickFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Singapore Grand PrixFollow F1Follow Sebastian VettelFollow Charles LeclercFollow Mattia Binotto It was the right timing to stop Seb: Ferrari boss defends pit-stop strategy for Sebastian VettelCharles Leclerc was vocal in expressing his displeasure over the team radio but Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said stopping Sebastian Vettel a lap earlier had been the right call in the bigger picture.advertisementlast_img read more

He was responding to a question raised in Parliament today with regards to the Ministerial position given to Sriyani Wijewickrama, a former joint opposition member. The opposition also asked Kiriella and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on the term of the unity Government. Kiriella said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will make a statement in Parliament with regards to the unity Government. (Colombo Gazette) Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that the term of the unity Government ended last September.He said that the agreement between the UNP and the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has not been extended in writing. The Government says it is prepared to accept any Joint Opposition member willing to cross.Leader of the House and United National Party (UNP) member Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament today that if anyone from the joint opposition looks to join the Government they will be accepted. read more