SEBASTIAN VETTEL is refusing to press the panic button despite making yet another mistake.
The German crashed out during practice for this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix following his high-profile mistake last out in the Italian GP.
He crashed in France and Germany, spun in Monza and Azerbaijan, and was penalised with a grid drop for blocking Carlos Sainz in Austria, but says he’s not worried under the spotlights in Singapore after his latest incident.
He said: “No, there is no reason to panic at all. The bad bit was the touch to the wall, which made the session come to an end.
“There was a bit more than just a kiss, so we took precaution and decided not to run.
“Obviously we lost some time, which is not ideal, but nevertheless I think I’ve got a good feel for the car and thankfully I’ve been here before so I know the track.”
Hamilton, who was second quickest in the second practice session behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen revealed the difficult racers face at this track.
Despite being run at night, temperatures in the drivers’ cockpits often exceed 50 degrees.
Hamilton, only completed 20 laps, said: “The track is incredible; we’re a lot quicker than we were last year, but that also makes the lap so much harder because the G forces have gone up, we need to react quicker and it is crazy hot in the cockpit.
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“You’re sweating even before you get into the car; in the second session, I think I lost almost two kilos, so I will lose even more on Sunday”
Charles Leclerc, who will partner Vettel at Ferrari next season, crashed out during the first practice session.
The Sauber driver slammed into a wall and ripped the front right wheel off his F1 car.
Leclerc avoided a big accident in the Belgian GP when the Halo cockpit protection system prevented Fernando Alonso’s McLaren from landing on top of him.
Meanwhile, Ferrari chief Maurizio Arrivabene says Michael Schumacher’s son, Mick, is always welcome at Maranello.
Schumacher has impressed in Formula 3 this season and has been linked with a move to F1.
Arrivabene said: “The recent results are very, very good, and I wish to him a great career.
“With a name like this, that wrote historical pages of Ferrari history, the door of Maranello is always open, of course.
“But let the guy have fun. I always repeat this – be focused, concentrated, but in the meantime have fun, and to grow slowly, but certainly, and then we’ll see about the future.”