Sunday, October 2, 2022

Perez captured the night race of the Singapore Grand Prix to secure his fourth Formula 1 career win. CBC Sports

Max Verstappen’s Formula One title ceremony was halted after the Red Bull driver placed seventh in a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, which was won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr.

Perez was being investigated for a possible safety car violation. This could mean a time penalty of five seconds, in which case the Mexican driver’s lead over Leclerc covered him.

Verstappen’s equal-lowest position this year corresponds to his seventh at the British GP in July. He also took two retirements in the first three races.

Verstappen had won the last five races, but needed a win here and went 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for the second consecutive season. It could happen at the Japanese GP next weekend.

After the crash of AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda on lap 36, Verstappen made a mistake after the restart of the second safety car. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’s McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position after a team mistake in qualifying, with Verstappen going from eighth place.

late start

The start of the race was delayed from 8 pm (1200 GMT) to 9:05 pm (1305 GMT) local time to clear water from the Marina Bay circuit track following heavy rain. The drivers had to complete the 61-lap race within a two-hour window.

The Virtual Safety Car was deployed thrice in difficult situations and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez got off to a good start and overtook Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on lap 8 when Zhou Guanyue’s Alfa Romeo was cut by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Pérez came away cleanly on the restart, while Verstappen climbed to seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended in disappointment when his engine failed on lap 21, bringing the first VSC.

With the track still damp, the drivers decided against changing the faster tires apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on lap 33 and fell into the crash barrier. Soon after, leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. He did so just before the security car was redeployed after Sunoda’s mistake.

Verstappen eventually surpassed Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin for seventh place.

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