* The best moments of the Singapore GP
Sergio “Checo” Perezwith his Red Bull achieved a brilliant victory in the Singapore Grand Prix which was the date 17 of the season of Formula 1. The Mexican first got up early at the start to charles leclerc (Ferrari), who started from pole positions, and then controlled the actions to record his second victory of the season after the one achieved in Monaco. For now, however, the race remains under investigation for an alleged lack of procedure with the safety car on track. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) was seventh and could not second world title.
It should be remembered that the competition had a delay of more than an hour due to heavy rains in the previous one. The authorities decided to delay the start to wait for the track to dry and for the auxiliaries to prepare it.
All the riders started with intermediate rain tires and once in action, Checo Pérez made a masterful start in which he beat Leclerc. While when you reach the first curve Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) touched the british Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), but the sports stewards understood that it was a racing maneuver.
On the eighth lap the test was neutralized to remove the Alfa Romeo from Guanyu Zhou left with damaged front left suspension after a touch he received from Nicholas Latifi (Williams), who later dropped out with rear suspension problems from that incident.
While Verstappen lost four positions at the beginning and then was able to move up to seventh place. Then Max fell behind Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and sought to overcome the two-time world champion 2005/2006. But on lap 21 the Spaniard defected due to engine failure and the virtual safety car intervened to take out the Alpine.
With the neutralization George Russell (Mercedes) was the first to enter the pits and was put on medium dry tires. When stepping on a small charlo, the car was moved to the Englishman, who was able to get around that situation.
After the resumption the action did not last long since the third yellow flag to take the Alpine off the track Stephen Ocon who left due to impeller problems, like his teammate, Alonso.
later it was hamilton the one who attracted attention with an oversight and subsequent blow against the defenses in round 33, but the sevenfold came to take out the Mercedes and returned to the track in front of Verstappen and behind lando norris (McLaren).
* Hamilton’s mistake and blow against the defenses
Lewis was left with a broken front tube and had to change it. At his stop they put medium tires for dry surfaces, the same compound they put on Leclerc and Checo Pérez, who returned to the track keeping the vanguard because had taken more than 25 seconds in the lead. Sainz and Verstappen opted for the same compound.
Nevertheless, yuki tsunoda he got confused and hit the defenses and left. To remove the Alpha Tauri from him, the race had to be neutralized again (fourth time in the competition), in this case with the safety car on the track.
With so many interruptions, the authorities decided to finish the race on time and with half an hour to go Verstappen wanted to overtake Norris, but he went too far, got confused and spun. However, the world champion was able to continue.
*Verstappen’s long pass and spin
Checo Pérez kept going, although Leclerc approached him and got less than a second behind him. With the dry floor, DRS was enabled, the system that allows greater speed to the car behind, which can be used in specific places and less than a second apart. Both staged a tough fight for the lead, but then the Aztec managed to widen his difference and by getting to 1.5 seconds and prevented the Monegasque from applying the DRS.
In the final stretch, Checo Pérez took more than three seconds from Leclerc, gave a masterful display of driving and settled the race. The native of Guadalajara got his second win of the season after the one achieved in Monaco. It was the fourth win in the Maxima for the 32-year-old.
Although the authorities are analyzing a possible sanction against Pérez for an incident with the last safety car on the track in which would not have respected the correct procedure. The penalty it would be five seconds and this would not affect the victory of the Aztec since imposed for 7.5 seconds. The podium was completed by the ferraristas Leclerc and Sainz.
“It was unbelievable how long it took for the track to dry. A very tough race”, said Sainz. “The bad start put me in a bad position. I had a little skating”, Leclerc acknowledged about the maneuver that made him lose the lead at the start.
“The last laps were very intense and when I pushed I did everything to win,” said the Mexican. “I have no idea. They told me to increase the distance with the safety car and that’s what I did”, he explained about the safety car controversy.
The agenda indicates that the activity will continue next weekend with the Japanese Grand Prix, at the Suzuka Autodrome, where Verstappen hopes to secure his second championship.
SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF DRIVERS (TOP 5)
1- Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 341 points
2- Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 237 points
3- Sergio Czech Perez (Red Bull) 235 points
4- George Russell (Mercedes) 203 points
5- Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) 202 points
CONSTRUCTORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (TOP 5)
1. Red Bull, 576 Points
2. Ferrari, 439 Points
3. Mercedes, 373 Points
4. Alpine, 129 Points
5. McLaren, 125 Points