Sebastian Vettel wins Singapore Grand Prix as Charles Leclerc finishes second to make it Ferrari one-two finish.

SEBASTIAN VETTEL won his first race in 13 months - but his Ferrari team-mate, Charles Leclerc, was furious.

The German benefited from an early pitstop that undercut the 21-year-old pole-sitter, who has angrily demanded answers from his Ferrari bosses.

 Vettel finally feels the winner's bubbly on his face for the first time this season

Vettel finally feels the winner's bubbly on his face for the first time this seasonCredit: EPA

 Sebastian Vettel won the Singapore Grand Prix in what was his first race win in 2019

Sebastian Vettel won the Singapore Grand Prix in what was his first race win in 2019Credit: AP:Associated Press

Leclerc, who won the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix, was going in search of his hat-trick after a brilliant pole the previous day.

But Ferrari's tactics only served to benefit his teammate, who instead took a much-needed victory, as he held his nerve during three Safety Car restarts.

Questions had been asked of the four-time world champion, whose last win came at the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix after unforced errors in Canada and Monza this year.

But he rolled back the years with a faultless display under the Singapore spotlights, holding off his frustrated teammate, who was second.

Max Verstappen came home in third place while Lewis Hamilton, who had started in second-place, was only fourth in a disappointing day for Mercedes.

Like Leclerc, Hamilton will no doubt quiz his bosses just why they left him out for so long before making his stop for tyres, causing him to be leapfrogged by Vettel and Verstappen.

 Vettel takes the podium for the first time after finishing ahead of Leclerc and Verstappen

Vettel takes the podium for the first time after finishing ahead of Leclerc and VerstappenCredit: EPA

 It is the first time since July that Lewis Hamilton hasn't ended on the podium

It is the first time since July that Lewis Hamilton hasn't ended on the podiumCredit: Reuters

Singapore Grand Prix results

  1. Sebastian Vettel
  2. Charles Leclerc
  3. Max Verstappen
  4. Lewis Hamilton
  5. Valtteri Bottas
  6. Lando Norris
  7. Pierre Gasly
  8. Nico Hulkenberg
  9. Antonio Giovinazzi

 Charles Leclerc couldn't win his third Grand Prix in a row as he finished in second place

Charles Leclerc couldn't win his third Grand Prix in a row as he finished in second placeCredit: Reuters

Merc's gamble - presumably for the anticipate Safety Car - backfired and saw him finish ahead of his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, who was fifth.

Lecerlc's problem came on lap 21 when he was told to stop for tyres, a lap after Vettel and he returned to the track behind him.

There were a series of angry exchanges over his team radio during the race.

At one point, Leclerc said: "To be completely honest with you, I don't understand the undercut... we can discuss after the race."

After being told to keep his "head down" Leclerc added: "My head is down and it will be down until the end of the race. I just wanted to let you know my feelings."

And there was the request to fight Vettel for victory, which was flatly denied by the Ferrari hierarchy.

 Man Verstappen did well to fend off the challenge from Hamilton for third place

Man Verstappen did well to fend off the challenge from Hamilton for third placeCredit: Getty Images - Getty

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Leclerc asked: "I want everything, even engine mode", to which he was told "Charles, we need to bring the car home".

But he was still bitter and added: "Yeah yeah, I won't do anything stupid. It's not my goal. I want us to finish one-two. I just think it's unfair. This one time, I won't be stupid."

Leclerc was true to his word and crossed the line in second place as Ferrari made it an unlikely one-two finish, on this their bogey track.

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