1664803490 5 winners and 5 losers of the Singapore Grand

5 winners and 5 losers of the Singapore Grand Prix: who shone in the Marina Bay spotlight?

A deluge just before the Singapore Grand Prix set the stage for an entertaining race under the lights of Marina Bay. While some excelled in the slippery conditions, others failed, and we’ve picked our five winners and five losers from the race…

Winner: Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez has been the subject of quite a bit of criticism lately, with the Mexican struggling to keep up with Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen – but he silenced those doubters with aplomb in Singapore and delivered a safe and accomplished drive to take his second win of the year .

He is the first person since four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel in 2011 to win road races in Monaco and Singapore in the same year, and the 58th driver to lead a race from start to finish.

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It was Red Bull’s first victory in Singapore since Vettel in 2012 and only Perez’s second podium in seven races. In the battle for second place in the drivers’ standings, he is now just two points behind Charles Leclerc.

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Perez won for the second time this season to keep his hopes of P2 in the Championship alive

Loser: Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen’s stellar streak of five straight wins came to a halt in Singapore as the championship leader endured his most frustrating weekend of the year.

The Red Bull driver missed his chance for pole when he had to abandon his lap in qualifying to make sure he didn’t run out of fuel. He then got off to a bad start due to anti-stall and dropped four places to 12th and while recovering well a lock-up trying to pass Lando Norris undid all the hard work so far.

READ MORE: Verstappen explains botched start as he endures ‘very frustrating’ run in P7 at Marina Bay

Still, seventh place offered a lot of points, meaning he’ll need to beat Leclerc in Japan by eight and Perez by six to successfully defend his title.

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Verstappen experienced a chaotic race in Singapore

Winner: Ferrari

Yes, Ferrari extended their winless streak to six races – nonetheless, it was their most impressive performance in terms of a team result since the summer break.

Charles Leclerc was quick enough to win – and probably would have if he hadn’t lost the lead at the start – and with Carlos Sainz trailing him home in third, Ferrari claimed their first double podium since round five in Miami .

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It closes the gap to Red Bull to 137 points in the Constructors’ Championship and gives them some breathing room with Mercedes falling 66 points behind.

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A double podium for Ferrari – but they had no answer to Perez’s pace on Sunday

Loser: Alpine

Alpine looked very quick on Marina Bay’s narrow and winding roads, but poor reliability meant they retired both cars for the first time this season.

Fernando Alonso finished in the top six before his technical problem. The Spaniard said he expects to have lost 60 points this season through failures or errors.

It was the second year in a row that Alpine hadn’t scored – and as a result the Enstone-based team fell to fifth in the standings behind McLaren.

READ MORE: What the teams were saying – Race day in Singapore

Winner: Lando Norris

Lando Norris is the only rider outside of the top 3 teams to have achieved a podium this year (at Imola) and once in Singapore he pushed Sainz to make it to second place.

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A double DNF for Alpine cost them in the championship

While he couldn’t match the Spaniard, fourth place was his second-best result of the season and only McLaren’s second top-four finish of the year.

The Brit has now accumulated a century of points, 44 ahead of Esteban Ocon and 70 behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, having claimed top-10 finishes in seven of the last eight races.

Loser: Lewis Hamilton

Driving into the Singapore Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton dreamed of converting his season’s best grid position, third, into a podium – and maybe even his first win of the year.

READ MORE: Hamilton is desperate to get away from Singapore GP’s ‘pretty rubbish’ after two mistakes saw him finish ninth

He lost a place to Sainz at the start and then at Turn 7 he slid through a blockage into the barriers and needed a new front wing.

The seven-time world champion had to settle for a disappointing ninth place, meaning he has just five races left to maintain his record of at least one win in every season he’s competed in Formula 1.

Singapore Grand Prix 2022: Hamilton slides into the wall

Winner: Aston Martin

Aston Martin secured its best result of the season, with Lance Stroll adding sixth place to his fifteenth places that year. His team-mate Sebastian Vettel made up five places at the start to limit the damage from his qualifying pains and finished eighth – his fourth top-eight result of the season.

With 12 points, they move ahead of Haas and AlphaTauri to seventh place in the constructors’ championship.

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch the action from the Singapore Grand Prix as Perez Leclerc battles for victory

Loser: Pierre Gasly

10th in Marina Bay, Pierre Gasly scored for the first straight goal since rounds two and three – but he wasn’t happy.

The Frenchman was sixth behind Lando Norris when the Italian team took what he called “early massive risk boxing”.

With AlphaTauri battling for P7 in the Constructors Championship in a three-team battle, losing a top six finish hurt.

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The pit stop strategy cost Gasly a lot of points

Winner: Daniel Ricciardo

For the first time since France and only the sixth time this season, Daniel Ricciardo brought his McLaren home in the points and finished fifth in his best drive of the season.

An impressive start and a couple of first laps put him in contention and put him in the top 10, while a late stop on slicks gave him a track position.

READ MORE: “We needed that,” says Ricciardo after finishing fifth behind McLaren teammate Norris in Singapore

Fifth place was his first top-five finish since last year’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, putting him eleventh in the championship behind Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas.

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Ricciardo recorded his best performance of the year, improving from P16 on the grid to fifth at the finish

Loser: George Russell

George Russell was kept busy after Mercedes changed a host of PU components, relegating him to a pit lane start.

He made some progress early on and climbed to 15th place, but the gamble on switching to slicks early didn’t pay off.

And while he was again fighting for points, a collision with Mick Schumacher dashed any hopes of a top 10 finish on a difficult night.

FACTS AND STATISTICS: Perez is the first man to create the Monaco-Singapore double in over a decade