Last September Sebastian Vettel was locked in a volatile battle for supremacy inside a nascent Ferrari, but just 12 months later the four-time champion has stitched up a deal to flee the sinking scarlet ship for greener pastures.

Lewis Hamilton won his fifth race of the season to extend his championship lead to nearly two clear race victories at the Belgian Grand Prix, but the biggest story of this staid Sunday came at the back of the field and well out of the points.

Ferrari, motorsport’s most famous and best-funded team, lumbered home to its worst result in a decade in a hellish weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.

Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc crawled to 13th and 14th, beaten by Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen and only five seconds ahead of Williams rookie Nicholas Latifi in its lowest meritorious double finish since 2010.

Never has the Formula One paddock been more intensely pressurised than in this most unusual 2020 season.

We’re two rounds into an unprecedented run of 10 races in 13 weeks, and with the full schedule of events still undetermined, every grand prix threatens to make or break a championship.

The pressure has never been higher. Fortunately Lewis Hamilton thrives on it.

Ferrari blows up the driver market, Daniel Ricciardo blows up Cyril Abiteboul’s heart and the news cycle blows up the timeliness of our podcast.

Sebastian Vettel on track at the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel has ended Charles Leclerc's nine-race winning streak with pole in Japan.
Sebastian Vettel at the Japanese Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel says all is well between him and Charles Leclerc despite their Sochi fracas.
Charles Leclerc celebrates scoring pole position at the 2019 Russian Grand Prix
It looks like Ferrari's finally back in the mix with a fourth successive pole, but Mercedes is poised to strike back in the race.
Charles Leclerc on track at the 2019 Russian Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc has become the first Ferrari driver since Michael Schumacher to take four poles in a row.
Sebastian Vettel on track at the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel has won his first race in more than a year with a strategic victory in Singapore.

Sebastian Vettel won his first race in more than a year by accidentally undercutting polesitter Charles Leclerc for the lead at the Singapore Grand Prix.

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Charles Leclerc on track at the Singapore Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc and Ferrari defied expectations by taking a third pole in succession at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc beat Lewis Hamilton to a surprise pole position for Ferrari at the Singapore Grand Prix.

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The Italian Grand Prix Strategy Report podcast features Formula Passion journalist Luca Manacorda.
Who was more cooked at the Italian Grand Prix: the F1 TV director or Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari career? Plus is Nico Rosberg really the new Jacques Villeneuve? And if so, what happens to the old Jacques Villeneuve? And what about John Newhouse?
Charles Leclerc celebrates at the Italian Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc has scored a memorable victory in front of Ferrari's home crowd at the Italian Grand Prix.
The Belgian Grand Prix Strategy Report podcast features BBC 5 Live commentator Jack Nicholls.