Carlos Sainz etched his name in Formula 1 history by being the driver who halted Max Verstappen’s winning streak, successfully fending off late-race challenges from three competitors to secure victory at the Singapore Grand Prix.
The race dynamics were shaped by a Safety Car deployment triggered by Logan Sargeant’s crash, followed by a Virtual Safety Car (VSC) during which Mercedes made a strategic pit stop while leading. Sainz, displaying tactical prowess, led a fierce five-driver battle for the race win, notably excluding Red Bull.
Sainz ultimately claimed victory, thwarting a late-race threat from Mercedes, and in doing so, put an end to any hopes of Red Bull’s season dominance. Lando Norris finished in second place, followed by Lewis Hamilton, while George Russell endured a crash on the final lap.
It is pertinent to note that 19 drivers took their positions on the Marina Bay grid for the race, as Lance Stroll, still recovering from a significant crash during qualifying, opted to withdraw. Carlos Sainz, starting from pole position, made a strong start, with Charles Leclerc following closely behind, creating a Ferrari 1-2 as they surged ahead of George Russell.
Regarding Max Verstappen, he advanced one position during the first lap and found himself in 10th place, just behind Nico Hulkenberg, while Sergio Perez maintained his position at 13th. Unfortunately, Yuki Tsunoda’s race took a hit when he was involved in a collision with Perez, resulting in a puncture and ultimately forcing him to retire from the race. Meanwhile, Zhou Guanyu decided to pit and switch to hard tyres.
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