The Spanish Carlos Sainz, with Ferrari, crowned the Singapore Grand Prix this Sunday and ended the winning streak of the two-time title champion, Max Verstappen (Red Bull)who had accumulated ten consecutive victories in Formula 1.
He Dutchman couldn’t even get on the podium after the night race on the Marina Bay street circuitwhere he entered in fifth position, which represents his worst classification of the season.
The leader of the F1 World Championship had been in the top three for 15 consecutive dates and the result of this day frustrated the possibility of equaling the record of 16 podiums of the British Lewis Hamilton (2015-2016)the second highest record in the category after the 19 of the German Michael Schumacher (2001-2002).
Sainz signed his second victory in F1, which joins Silverstone 2022, after an exciting fight in the final laps with the British Lando Norris (McLaren) and George Russell (Mercedes)who got lost a few meters from the start and gave third place to his teammate Hamilton.
Ferrari, the winningest team in the premier division, achieved its 243rd victory, first since the 2022 Austrian GP by the Monegasque Charles Leclerc.
With a perfect strategy throughout the race, the “Casa de Maranello” stopped a series of 15 consecutive victories for Red Bull, whose second wheel, the Mexican Sergio “Checo” Pérez, finished eighth behind the Frenchman Pierre Gasly (Renault) and the Australian Oscar Piastri (McLaren).
“It’s an incredible feeling, after an incredible weekend. We did everything well and we were able to come first. We all have to be proud in the team. “It was a very strategic competition, we managed the tire degradation very well and we had good pace to defend ourselves at the end,” declared the winner of the Singapore GP.
The race was filled with emotion in the final stretch after the Mercedes tire changewhich motivated the attack of Russell and Hamilton’s cars in the search for first places. Russell was about to finish third but crashed on the last lap and the collision left him out of the race, a situation that the seven-time champion Hamilton took advantage of to get on the podium. for the fifth time this year and also climb to third place in the World Championship.
Sainz’s victory was also possible due to the good performance of Norris who “withstood” the Mercedes gale. The Briton, still without victories in F1, was second for the fourth time in his career.
Verstappen, who was never able to win in Singapore, started from eleventh place due to complications suffered during qualifying and he climbed six steps that at least allowed him to add new points for the current campaign.
The Dutchman leads the accumulated classification with 374 points, far behind his escorts Pérez (223) and Hamilton (180). Alonso, now fourth with 170, was the last driver to reach the finish line in Marina Bay behind Liam Lawson (AlphaTauri), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Alexander Albon (Williams), Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo), Nico Hulkenberg (Haas) and Logan Sargeant (Williams), ranked between ninth and fourteenth place.
The desertions of the day They were Russel (Mercedes) on lap 61, Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo, lap 51), Esteban Ocon (Renault, lap 42) and Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), at the start.
The next Formula 1 race, sixteenth on the calendar, will be the Japanese Grand Prix to be held on Sunday, September 24. at the Suzuka circuit.
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