By Chris King • 02 October 2022 • 20:10
Image of Red Bull driver Sergio Perez.
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Red Bull driver Sergio Perez led from the first corner to take the chequered flag today, Sunday, October 2, in an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay street circuit. Charles LeClerc had started the race in pole position but the Mexican got the jump on him as the lights turned green.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc brought the Ferrari home in second place in the treacherous wet-dry conditions, to keep his very slim title hopes alive. Max Verstappen, the reigning world champion and current championship leader had a disastrous race, eventually settling for seventh position.
An unusually major error by the Dutchman at Turn 7 saw him lock the wheels of his Red Bull, causing the car to slide straight on, losing him valuable time as he rejoined the pack.
A Singapore GP would not be the same without the introduction of the Safety Car and today it excelled itself. There were two regular Safety Car periods, and three under the Virtual Safety Car. One of these could see Perez stripped of his victory.
He is under investigation for a possible safety car infringement. Should Perez receive a time penalty from the subsequent steward’s enquiry then he would drop down the finishing order.
If Verstappen can clinch a victory in Suzaka next Sunday, October 9, at the Japanese Grand Prix, then if other results go his way, he could be crowned world champion for the second consecutive year.
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton endured a terrible race and could only achieve ninth after making two costly errors. Carlos Sainz Jr filled the third spot on the podium in his Ferrari.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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