Redbull’s Max Verstappen will have to wait for his second drivers’ championship after he could only finish 7th on the raceday. Sergio Pérez however took the checkered flag with Sunday’s pole-sitter Charles Leclerc second and Carlos Sainz completing the top three finishers.
Max Verstappen will feel greatly undone by mistakes from his own team because he seemed to have the fastest car on qualifying with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc as both of them were exchanging the fastest lap during the qualifying sessions.
Verstappen was set to take the pole for the main race only for his team to call him into the pits. A profane-laden outburst was released by Verstappen and Team Principal Christian Horner had to tell him Max that his car had to little fuel which cost him the pole and he would ultimately started from a distant 8th on the grid.
On raceday, the start was delayed by one hour because of rain and when there is rain, the lights-out are always tricky. Sergio Pérez was able to overtake Leclerc for the race lead at the beginning.
Verstappen himself had a poor race start because he slipped to 13th place before the end of the first lap. Lewis Hamilton who started third on the grid lost places to Carlos Sainz.
The wet conditions of track did not suit a lot of drivers and Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu and Williams’ Nicholas Latifi tangled mid race and both retired. Similarly was the fate for Alex Albon, Fernando Alonso, Estaban Ocon and Yuki Tsunoda.
Redbull’s Sergio Pérez victory on Singapore was his second this season. Ferrari once again also failed to convert the pole to a victory for the umpteenth time.
Max Verstappen and Redbull will however learn from the mistake from Saturday’s qualifying and hope to finally land the drivers’ championship in the next race in Japan.
Max Verstappen currently sits on top with 341 points and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is second with 237 points.