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Sebastian Vettel refusing to buy into Singapore favourite hype

Sebastian Vettel refusing to buy into Singapore favourite hype

The German heads into the weekend smarting from a crushing defeat at the hands of Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton, who led team-mate Valtteri Bottas in a dominant one-two at Ferrari’s home Italian Grand Prix.

Singapore GP: Street-fighter Lewis Hamilton out to upset favourite Sebastian Vettel

Singapore GP: Street-fighter Lewis Hamilton out to upset favourite Sebastian Vettel

The Italian team will be smarting after Hamilton`s crushing triumph at their home circuit this month -- spoiling their 70th anniversary party, and earning boos on the podium from irate fans.

Italian GP 2017: Ferrari fever runs high at home race

Italian GP 2017: Ferrari fever runs high at home race

Vettel has led the championship from the outset in Australia, arriving in Monza seven points clear of Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton after a knife-edge battle to the chequered flag in Belgium last weekend.

Valtteri Bottas edges Lewis Hamilton in Italian GP practice, Ferrari close gap

Valtteri Bottas edges Lewis Hamilton in Italian GP practice, Ferrari close gap

World championship leader Sebastian Vettel was third quickest for Ferrari, one-tenth of a second adrift, as the two leading teams closed up at the top ahead of the Italian outfit`s annual home event.

Hungarian Grand Prix: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo fastest in crash-interrupted Friday practice

Hungarian Grand Prix: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo fastest in crash-interrupted Friday practice

Vettel was second fastest, 0.183 off the pace, after a slow start to his weekend. Mercedes` Lewis Hamilton, a point behind the German in the standings and chasing a record sixth Hungarian victory on Sunday, was third and fifth respectively in the two sessions.

Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton can equal pole record, take F1 lead in Hungaroring

Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton can equal pole record, take F1 lead in Hungaroring

Hamilton remains a long way off Schumacher`s record 91 race wins but Saturday`s qualifying at the Hungaroring could see him equal the great German`s hitherto unmatched 68 pole positions.

Lewis Hamilton enjoys British Grand Prix win but remains reserved over F1 future

Lewis Hamilton enjoys British Grand Prix win but remains reserved over F1 future

The triple world champion, so often an enigma shrouded in contradiction, offered little certainty after winning the British Grand Prix for a record-equaling fifth time.

Christian Horner suspects Sebastian Vettel could be tempted by Mercedes one day

Christian Horner suspects Sebastian Vettel could be tempted by Mercedes one day

Mercedes have triple world champion Lewis Hamilton under contract for next year while Finland's Valtteri Bottas joined in January with no guarantee beyond 2017.

British Grand Prix: Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas fastest in first two practices

British Grand Prix: Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas fastest in first two practices

Vettel started the morning by trying out the new "shield", the first driver to experience the transparent open canopy system designed to protect the head from flying debris and bouncing wheels.

Valtteri Bottas wins Austrian Grand Prix 2017: As it happened...

Valtteri Bottas wins Austrian Grand Prix 2017: As it happened...

Vettel extends his championship with second place, while Ricciardo completes the podium by holding off Hamilton, who finishes fourth.

Austrian Grand Prix 2017: Lewis Hamilton handed five-place grid penalty for gearbox change

Austrian Grand Prix 2017: Lewis Hamilton handed five-place grid penalty for gearbox change

The drop means the Mercedes driver, second in the championship behind Ferrari`s Sebastian Vettel, cannot equal Michael Schumacher`s pole position record of 68 at his home British Grand Prix next week.

Lewis Hamilton calls Sebastian Vettel a 'disgrace', challenges him to prove he's a man post Azerbaijan crash

Lewis Hamilton calls Sebastian Vettel a 'disgrace', challenges him to prove he's a man post Azerbaijan crash

Four-time world champion Vettel was given a 10-second stop-go penalty for driving his Ferrari into the back of Hamilton`s Mercedes while they were following the safety car after 19 laps on the Baku street circuit.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas tops final Azerbaijan Grand Prix practice, Sebastian Vettel suffers problems

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas tops final Azerbaijan Grand Prix practice, Sebastian Vettel suffers problems

Hamilton, who is 12 points behind Vettel in the championship standings, finished four tenths of a second behind Bottas.

Canadian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton cruises to sixth victory ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas

Canadian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton cruises to sixth victory ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas

It was the three-time champion`s sixth victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve -- where he claimed his maiden triumph in 2007 -- as well as his third this season and the 56th win of his career.

Kimi Raikkonen clocked fastest lap in Practice 2 at Canadian Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen clocked fastest lap in Practice 2 at Canadian Grand Prix

Mercedes three-times world champion Lewis Hamilton was quickest in the morning session but could not match Raikkonen`s pace in the afternoon, posting 1:13.150 ahead of arch-rival and championship leader Sebastian Vettel in the other Ferrari.

Monaco Grand Prix: Kimi Raikkonen leads Ferrari front-row with first pole in nine years

Monaco Grand Prix: Kimi Raikkonen leads Ferrari front-row with first pole in nine years

The 37-year-old Finn, who had not taken pole position for 128 races stretching back to the French Grand Prix of 2008, dominated the afternoon's action to clock a fastest lap of one minute and 12.178 seconds.

Lewis Hamilton fans' most popular driver, Ferrari wins teams vote

Lewis Hamilton fans' most popular driver, Ferrari wins teams vote

Ferrari was ranked as the top team by nearly a third of respondents, almost double that of the Italian outfit's closest rivals Mercedes.

Monaco Grand Prix: On rest day, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff  claims `changed` Lewis Hamilton is now a team player

Monaco Grand Prix: On rest day, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff claims `changed` Lewis Hamilton is now a team player

Wolff revealed that the abrupt retirement of 2016 champion German Nico Rosberg has led to a new unity at Mercedes with his replacement Finn Valtteri Bottas working more closely with Hamilton.

Monaco Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel flies in Monte Carlo but Lewis Hamilton labours

Monaco Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel flies in Monte Carlo but Lewis Hamilton labours

On the tightest and most intricate circuit on the Formula One calendar, Vettel blitzed around the streets of the Mediterranean principality to clock a best lap in one minute and 12.720 seconds.

Mercedes to cut Made in India model prices by up to Rs 7 lakh

Mercedes to cut Made in India model prices by up to Rs 7 lakh

German luxury car maker Mercedes Benz is slashing prices of its vehicles produced in India by up to Rs 7 lakh to pass on benefits of new tax rate under GST due in July.