"Forever the lion of Singapore" - Fans hail Sebastian Vettel's performance at 2022 F1 Singapore GP

F1 Grand Prix of Singapore
Sebastian Vettel driving the (5) Aston Martin AMR22 Mercedes at the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore. (Image via Getty Images/Clive Rose)

Last weekend's Singapore Grand Prix saw an outstanding performance from Sebastian Vettel. Even after qualifying at P13 in an underperforming Aston Martin, he was able to finish P8, the best he and the team have had in a while. His teammate Lance Stroll finished P6.

One of the crucial reasons for this result was the start he had. In the tricky conditions, a massive pull-away from him saw him gain 5 positions right after the first chicane into the fourth turn in the streets of Marina Bay. He was even able to hold up Lewis Hamilton for a very long time, who is in a faster and better car than the German.

A rocket-start for the lion of Singapore, Sebastian Vettel 🦁The Aston Martin driver certainly didn't disappoint in his final showing at the circuit he has dominated at over his years in Formula 1 👏#SingaporeGP #F1 @AstonMartinF1

Sebastian Vettel is referred to as the "Lion of Singapore" due to his fascinating achievements on the circuit. He has won at the venue more than any other driver on the grid has. His control over the car in those mixed conditions and knowledge of the circuit has helped him perform better than many other drivers who arguably have much better cars.

Although Aston Martin have not been performing too well, both their drivers were good enough in the race to get the 7th place in the Constructor's Championship, leaving Haas behind.

Fans celebrate Sebastian Vettel's mesmerizing drive at Singapore

Sebastian Vettel is one of the most beloved figures in Formula 1. His fans have been waiting for a good performance for a long time this season, which he delivered in Singapore. Here are some of the best reactions from the same:

@F1 @AstonMartinF1 Best driver on the grid
@F1 @AstonMartinF1 Forever the lion of Singapore
@F1 @AstonMartinF1 Defended against Max and Lewis without DRS for half an hour in that tractor
@F1 @AstonMartinF1 Sadly team pitted him at wrong time. Yuki's crash caused him to not being able to maintain the lead. Must have been P5 (ahead of Ricciardo) if he stayed out.Nevertheless, he had an absolute mega start from P13 to P8 and defended well against Max and Hamilton.
@F1 @AstonMartinF1 Seb in a street circuit 👑😌
@F1 @AstonMartinF1 He truly is the greatest starter of all time

Vettel's latest win comes after the last time the Singapore GP was held (prior to this year) in 2019, which was also an amazing performance by him. Another victory close to this was in Azerbaijan in 2021, finishing P2.

This year has been hard for him and the team, and the German recently announced his retirement from the sport post-season. Over the span of his career, he has made history, having won nine races in a row and four consecutive World Championships, making him one of the greatest.

His seat in the team will be taken by Fernando Alonso, who is moving from Alpine and is yet to pick a driver for the vacant seat.

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Edited by Sabine Algur
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