In a nail-biting showdown at the Singapore Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz emerged victorious for Ferrari, putting an end to Max Verstappen and Red Bull’s remarkable winning streak. The race was nothing short of a rollercoaster ride, featuring strategic maneuvers, daring pit stops, and intense battles on the track.
Sainz demonstrated absolute control from the front throughout the race, while Verstappen displayed remarkable resilience by climbing from an 11th-place start to a fifth-place finish. This weekend proved to be challenging for Red Bull, but it was a testament to their determination.
The race’s climax unfolded with Sainz leading the pack, closely pursued by McLaren’s Lando Norris and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. However, the plot thickened when George Russell, who had been in third place, crashed out on the final lap. Russell and Hamilton had taken a gamble on a late pit stop for fresh tires, aiming to catch up with Sainz and Norris. Their efforts were valiant, but Russell’s late error dashed their hopes.
This thrilling race, lasting nearly two hours, was a rollercoaster of emotions, featuring a safety car, a virtual safety car, and intense battles throughout the field. It marked the end of Verstappen’s impressive record of 10 consecutive victories.
Sainz’s triumph, his second win for Ferrari following last year’s British Grand Prix, also marked the first time since Russell’s win in Brazil in the penultimate race of the previous season that a Red Bull car failed to clinch victory.
Ferrari’s Strategic Brilliance
Ferrari entered the Singapore Grand Prix with a clear mission: secure the win at all costs. They were willing to play every strategic card in their deck, even if it meant sacrificing Charles Leclerc, Sainz’s teammate.
Leclerc, who had qualified in third place, made a daring choice by starting on soft tires, a decision that would ultimately pay off. He managed to pass Russell off the line, setting the stage for a Ferrari one-two in the early laps of the race.
Sainz, the race leader, controlled the pace, a common strategy in Singapore. Meanwhile, Ferrari instructed Leclerc to slow down and create a five-second gap between himself and Sainz. While Leclerc couldn’t maintain that exact gap, he certainly played a pivotal role. When a safety car was deployed on lap 20 after Logan Sargeant’s incident, Leclerc slowed down, bunching up the cars behind him. By the time they entered the pits at the end of the lap, Sainz had a nine-second lead.
This strategy worked brilliantly for Sainz, who returned to the track as the leader. However, it left Leclerc vulnerable, and he fell behind Russell, Norris, and Hamilton. Ferrari had to hold Leclerc briefly in the pits, allowing traffic to pass, which further complicated matters.
At the race restart, Sainz found himself leading Verstappen, who had gained positions by not pitting during the safety car period. However, Verstappen’s older hard tires soon proved to be a weakness, causing him to drop down the order.
Russell, now behind Sainz, was well aware that the Ferrari driver was managing his pace to prevent Mercedes from making another pit stop. Mercedes had saved a fresh set of medium tires exclusively for this purpose. However, when Esteban Ocon’s Alpine stalled in the pit-lane exit on lap 43, the virtual safety car came into play. Mercedes seized the opportunity, bringing both Russell and Hamilton in for those crucial medium tires.
Russell rejoined the race in fourth place, just over 15 seconds behind Leclerc, with Hamilton close behind in fifth. Russell executed a brilliant move to pass Leclerc on lap 54 and then set his sights on Norris and Sainz ahead. Hamilton was also right on Russell’s tail and seemed to have impressive pace.
With only five laps remaining, the top four cars were nose to tail. Sainz, in a strategic move, deliberately slowed down to allow Norris to benefit from the DRS (Drag Reduction System), making it harder for the pursuing Mercedes to overtake.
On lap 59, with just three laps to go, Russell made a decisive move on Norris as they approached Turn 16, the final chicane. However, Norris skillfully defended his position, thwarting Russell’s attack. Russell never got another clear chance, and the race took a dramatic turn as he crashed at Turn 10 on the final lap.
In the end, Carlos Sainz crossed the finish line, securing the win with Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton close behind. The three were separated by a mere 1.2 seconds, making this race one for the history books.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Singapore Grand Prix Victory
What was the highlight of the Singapore Grand Prix?
The highlight of the Singapore Grand Prix was Carlos Sainz’s remarkable victory for Ferrari, which marked the end of Max Verstappen and Red Bull’s impressive winning streak. Sainz’s controlled drive and strategic brilliance kept him ahead of the pack, making it a thrilling race.
How did Max Verstappen perform in the race?
Max Verstappen had a challenging race, starting in 11th place and fighting his way back to fifth. Despite his impressive comeback, his older hard tires left him vulnerable, and he couldn’t maintain a podium position.
What role did Charles Leclerc play in the race?
Charles Leclerc played a crucial role in Ferrari’s strategy. He started the race on soft tires and helped create a gap for his teammate, Sainz, by slowing down and holding up the cars behind him during a safety car period. This strategic move contributed to Sainz’s victory.
How did the virtual safety car impact the race?
The virtual safety car came into play when Esteban Ocon’s Alpine stalled in the pit-lane exit. This prompted Mercedes to make a crucial pit stop, bringing in both George Russell and Lewis Hamilton for fresh medium tires. It added a strategic twist to the race and impacted the final outcome.
What happened in the late stages of the race?
In the late stages of the race, the top four cars were closely packed, with Sainz deliberately slowing down to give Lando Norris the benefit of the DRS and making it challenging for Mercedes to overtake. Russell attempted to pass Norris but was unsuccessful, and the race took a dramatic turn as he crashed on the final lap, securing Sainz’s victory.
Who completed the podium at the Singapore Grand Prix?
The podium at the Singapore Grand Prix consisted of Carlos Sainz in first place for Ferrari, followed by Lando Norris in second for McLaren, and Lewis Hamilton in third for Mercedes. They finished within a 1.2-second margin, making it a closely contested race.