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Top 5 moments which could've won Sebastian Vettel the 2018 F1 title

George Howson
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459   //    24 Jan 2019, 03:50 IST

#2 No Tyres, No Problem

Vettel held off his rivals in Sakhir, despite having very little grip.
Vettel held off his rivals in Sakhir, despite having very little grip.

With Lewis Hamilton starting in ninth following a gearbox penalty, Sebastian Vettel must've thought that he had a great chance of making it two wins in a row to start 2018.

Indeed, the Ferrari man qualified on pole and got the perfect start to maintain his advantage. Vettel kept Valtteri Bottas at arm's length for the first stint and despite Hamilton's best efforts, the German had a solid lead.

Bottas pitted again on Lap 38 of 57 and everybody was wondering when the leader would make his second stop. However, as the laps ticked by, it was becoming more and more apparent that Vettel wouldn't pit again, that he would instead go to the end of the race on his current set of tyres.

The strategy worked to perfection, Bottas caught Vettel towards the end, but couldn't challenge before the checkered flag. Credit must also go to Vettel, his driving on tyres that had been almost worn down to the carcass was extremely impressive and reminiscent of the driving prowess he showed during his Red Bull days.

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