Sergio Perez is the winner of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at Marina Bay. Second was Charles Leclerc, third Carlos Sainz Jr. (both Ferraris).
After a three-year hiatus due to the new coronavirus pandemic, racing in the elite motorsport class returned to Marina Bay, where the night spectacle did not disappoint fans of this sport.
It was full of exciting moments, different strategies, and in the end he took the cream Sergio Perez with Red Bull taking advantage of his teammate’s slightly worse weekend Max Verstappen. This also extended Red Bull’s winning streak to six races.
Despite the fact that he won Saturday’s qualifications Charles Leclerc, Ferrari once again failed to achieve the much-desired victory that he has been waiting for since the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg. The Monaco driver finished the Singapore test in second place, the second Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz Jr. was third.
Thus ended the reign of Verstappen, who won five races in a row before the competition in Singapore. Despite everything, he still has a huge advantage over his closest pursuer Leclerc at the top of the world championship standings, and he can win the championship next weekend in Suzuka.
Perez passed Leclerc at the startThe start of the race was postponed for an hour due to heavy rain. Although it had stopped raining at the time of the delayed start, the track was still quite slippery, which most likely contributed to a slightly worse start for Leclerc, who lost the fight for the lead with Perez before the opening corner of the race, while Carlos Sainz Jr. scurried past without much difficulty Lewis Hamilton. The world runner-up drove too wide in the first turn. World champion Verstappen also started the race poorly, losing five places with a bad start and ending up in 12th place.
The safety car entered the track twiceIn the 9th lap, the safety car entered the track for the first time after the two collided Nicholas Latifi (Williams) and Guanyue Jov (Alfa Romeo), the era of the virtual safety car, the racers had to take into account in the 20th round, when the record holder for the number of races in the history of the queen of motorsport resigned Fernando Alonso (Alpine). 15 laps later, the safety car entered the track for the second time, this time after a collision Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), which crashed into the guard rail at turn no. 10. The racers took advantage of the opportunity and drove into the pits, where most of them installed tires for the dry track, although it was still quite wet in some places.
Leclerc ended up chasing the leading MexicanThe race resumed on lap 39, with Perez fending off Leclerc’s attempts without much difficulty. This soon after provoked a rare mistake by Verstappen, who wanted to pass with an overtaking maneuver, but missed the braking point by a large margin. After blocking the tires, he even fell to the tail of the column, but soon recovered and eventually finished the race in the points. The race was slowly approaching the maximum allowed time, i.e. two hours, Perez was only 26 minutes away from the big celebration. And what kind! On the 43rd lap, the conditions on the track improved so much that the race management allowed the use of the DRS system, which was grist to the mill for the increasingly fast Leclerc. In the end, he diligently melted seconds behind the leading Mexican, but in the end, somehow, he ran out of meters, or rather time. Perez was thus looking forward to his fourth career victory, the second of the year, after finishing best in the principality at the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo.
Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay
|1||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||2:02:15,238|
|3||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||15,305|
|6||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||1:01,330|
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1:03.825|
|8||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||1:05.032|
|11||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||1:33,844|
|13||Mick Schumacher||Haas||1 round|
|14||George Russell||Mercedes||2 rounds|
|Withdrawal: Guanjü Jov (Alfa Romeo), Nicholas Latifi (Williams), Fernando Alonso (Alpine), Alexander Albon (Williams), Esteban Ocon (Alpine), Juki Cunoda (AlphaTauri)|
|Fastest lap: George Russell (1:46.458)|
General order 2022, racers (17/22):
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||341 (5)|
|2||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||237 (3)|
|3||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||235 (3)|
|5||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||202 (2)|
|6||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||170 (2)|
|7||Lando Norris||McLaren||100 (1)|
|10||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||46|
|12||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||24|
|15||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||13|
|19||Nyck De Vries||Williams||4|
|21||Nico Hulkenberg||Aston Martin||0|
Footnote: In parentheses are the number of additional points for the fastest lap.
General order 2022, constructors (17/22):
|#||The team||Racing lineup||Points|
|1||Red Bull||Verstappen, Perez||576|
|2||Ferrari||Leclerc, Sainz Jr.||439|
|6||Alfa Romeo||Bottas, Jov||52|
|7||Aston Martin||Vettel, Stroll, Hulkenberg||37|
|10||Williams||Albon, Latifi, De Vries||6|