Carlos Sainz Emerges Victorious in the Singapore GP as George Russell Crashes on the Final Lap

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Carlos Sainz Emerges Victorious in the Singapore GP as George Russell Crashes on the Final Lap

Norris and Hamilton joined Sainz on the podium; Verstappen finished P5.

Carlos Sainz secured a thrilling victory at the Singapore GP, ending Red Bull’s dominant run and delivering Ferrari its first win since Austria 2022. Despite leading the race from start to finish, Sainz faced intense competition from McLaren’s Lando Norris and the charging Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

Sainz clinched the win, crossing the finish line just 0.812 seconds ahead of Norris. Hamilton claimed the third spot on the podium following Russell’s last-lap crash. Additionally, Liam Lawson, substituting for the injured Daniel Ricciardo at AlphaTauri, earned his first-ever F1 points by finishing ninth.

The Singapore GP was a Ferrari-dominated race, with Sainz maintaining his pole position lead and Charles Leclerc skillfully maneuvering past Russell on soft tires. Despite starting the race on hard tires, both Red Bull drivers struggled to make progress through the field after being eliminated in Q2 during qualifying.

A well-timed Safety Car period, initiated by Logan Sargeant’s crash into the barriers, worked in Sainz’s favor as he retained the lead even after his pit stop. A late-race Virtual Safety Car caused by Esteban Ocon’s retirement due to a suspected gearbox issue prompted Mercedes to pit Russell and Hamilton for fresh tires, setting the stage for a dramatic finale.

In the closing laps, Sainz showcased tactical brilliance by allowing Norris to close the gap, providing him with DRS to hold off the charging Mercedes pair. However, Russell’s hopes for victory were dashed as he collided with the barriers at Turn 10 on the final lap.

Red Bull’s struggles persisted throughout the weekend, marking the first race in F1 2023 where they failed to secure a victory. Max Verstappen finished fifth, while Sergio Perez claimed eighth place. Alpine’s Pierre Gasly secured sixth, and McLaren’s Oscar Piastri finished seventh. Hamilton’s podium finish moved him up to third in the overall championship standings.

Despite the lackluster Singapore GP, Verstappen still maintains a commanding lead in the championship, 151 points ahead of Perez. The next race on the F1 calendar is the Japanese GP, scheduled for September 22-24 at Suzuka.

Reference:

https://www.autocarindia.com/motor-sports-news/sainz-wins-singapore-gp-as-russell-crashes-out-on-last-lap-429336

https://www.express.co.uk/sport/f1-autosport/1813759/Singapore-Grand-Prix-Lewis-Hamilton-Max-Verstappen-F1-news-results-highlights-live-stream

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