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Sergio Perez wins Singapore Grand Prix; Verstappen finishes seventh | Autocar India

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Max Verstappen will get one other shot at clinching the championship at subsequent week’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Purple Bull’s Sergio Perez scored his second win of the season in Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix forward of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc as Max Verstappen was pressured to place his championship champagne on maintain after ending seventh. Carlos Sainz within the different Ferrari was third.

  • Lewis Hamilton began third however completed ninth
  • McLaren completed fourth and fifth, giving them a lead over Alpine

The Mexican crossed the road 7.5 seconds away from Leclerc after a rain-delayed race was interrupted by two security vehicles and three digital security automotive durations. However his hole was slashed to 2.5 seconds within the closing classification after he collected a five-second time penalty and a reprimand for falling greater than 10 automotive lengths behind the protection automotive.

“It was my greatest efficiency,” stated Perez. “I managed the race. The final three laps had been so intense. I didn’t really feel it that a lot within the automotive, however once I acquired out of it, I felt it.”

“I gave all the things for the win right this moment,” added the 32-year-old who pushed all the best way to the flag to tug out a spot giant sufficient to cowl the potential for a penalty.

Singapore GP: Verstappen’s efficiency

Verstappen’s show below the Marina Bay floodlights earned Perez the fourth win of his profession, however it additionally pressured the previous to delay his title celebrations. The Dutchman, who had began eighth after being pressured to abort his quickest qualifying lap as a consequence of an absence of gasoline, went into the weekend along with his first shot at wrapping up a second consecutive title.

He wanted to depart Singapore with a minimum of a 138-point margin over his closest challenger to get the job performed. As an alternative, he leaves 104 factors away from Leclerc and 106 forward of Perez within the total standings with 5 races to go.

The 25-year-old will get one other shot at clinching the championship at subsequent week’s Japanese Grand Prix, however might want to depart the Suzuka monitor with a 112-point margin a minimum of to wrap up the title there.

Verstappen’s race was uncharacteristically scrappy. He misplaced locations off the road and had labored his method as much as fifth behind Lando Norris. However he locked up whereas making an attempt to cross the Briton on the second security automotive restart and went straight down the run-off. He additionally needed to make an additional cease to switch his broken tyres.

“It is only a very irritating weekend,” stated Verstappen. “We now have 5 races left and we have now a giant lead, however I wish to have a very good weekend each single time.”

Singapore GP: driver scores

Norris completed fourth forward of his McLaren teammate Daniel Ricciardo, the pair handing the Woking-based crew their greatest results of the season, which allowed the outfit to leapfrog Alpine for fourth within the constructors’ championship.

Lance Stroll took sixth forward of Verstappen, with Sebastian Vettel placing two Aston Martins within the factors with eighth.

Lewis Hamilton, one of many favourites for victory, was solely ninth after a messy race. The Briton, beginning third, made contact with Sainz initially and was pressured to go broad. He spent a whole lot of the race looking for a well past the Spaniard’s Ferrari, however locked up on fading intermediate tyres and thumped into the obstacles. The contact pressured him into the pits for a brand new entrance wing.

Pierre Gasly rounded out the highest ten. The race ran to its two-hour time restrict and completed with solely 59 of the 61 laps being accomplished. The beginning of the race was delayed by simply over an hour after a torrential downpour drenched the monitor, and solely 14 vehicles completed.

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