Sergio “Checo” Pérez realized Charles Leclerc at the start (REUTERS / Caroline Chia)
Sergio “Checo” Pérez, who with his Red Bull is achieving a brilliant victory in the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. The Mexican first got up early at the start of Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), who started from pole position, and then controlled the actions to capture his second victory of the season after the one achieved in Monaco. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) is eighth and cannot second world title.
It should be remembered that the competition had a delay of more than an hour due to heavy rain in the previous one. The authorities decided to delay the start to wait for the track to dry and for the auxiliaries to prepare it.
All the drivers started with intermediate tires for rain and once in action, upon reaching the first corner, Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) touched the British Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), but the stewards understood that it was a race maneuver.
On the eighth lap, the test was neutralized to remove Guanyu Zhou’s Alfa Romeo, whose left front suspension was damaged after a touch he received from Nicholas Latifi (Williams), who later abandoned due to rear suspension problems due to said incident.
Whereas Verstappen lost four positions at the start and then I can move up to seventh place. Max then fell behind Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and sought to overtake the two-time world champion from 2005/2006. But on lap 21 the Spaniard defected due to engine failure and the virtual safety car intervened to take out the Alpine.
With the neutralization George Russell (Mercedes) was the first to enter the pits and they put medium tires on him for dry conditions. When stepping on a small charlo, the car was moved to the Englishman, who was able to get around that situation.
After the restart, the action did not last long as the third yellow flag was raised to take Esteban Ocon’s Alpine off the track, who left due to problems with the impeller, as did his teammate, Alonso.
Later it was Hamilton who drew attention with an oversight and hit the defenses in round 33, but the seven-man came to take out the Mercedes and returned to the track in front of Verstappen and behind Lando Norris (McLaren).
* Hamilton’s mistake and blow against the defenses
Lewis was left with a broken front tube and had to change it. At his stop they put medium rubbers on him for a dry floor. They put the same compound on Leclerc and Checo Pérez, who returned to the track maintaining the vanguard. Sainz and Verstappen opted for the same compound.
However, Yuki Tsunoda got lost and hit the defenses and gave up. To withdraw his Alpha Tauri, the race had to be neutralized again (fourth time in the race), in this case with the safety car on track.
With so many interruptions, the authorities decided to finish the race on time and with half an hour to go Verstappen wanted to overtake Norris, but he went too far, got confused and spun. However, he was able to continue.
*Verstappen’s long pass and spin
Checo Pérez kept going, although Leclerc approached him and got less than a second behind him. With the dry floor, DRS was enabled, the system that allows greater speed to the car behind, which can be used in specific places and less than a second apart, and both starred in a tough fight for the lead. But then the Aztec managed to widen his gap and by getting to 1.5 seconds prevented the Monegasque from applying the DRS.
In the final stretch, Checo Pérez took more than three seconds from Leclerc and finished the race. The native of Guadalajara was on his way to his second victory of the season after the one achieved in Monaco.
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