Singapore - Ferrari defended its Singapore Grand Prix pitstop 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 its 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.