Sergio Perez, the 32-year-old Mexican Red Bull F1 driver, seized Singapore GP despite breaching safety car norms on three instances. Besides, he also received a five-second penalties, nonetheless, despite all drawbacks, the Mexican seized third victory of his career at a wet San Marina Bay circuit.
In the matter of the fact, up to sixteenth lap of the event, the track remained wet following a heavy monsoon rain just before the race, making lives difficult for the drivers at a narrow Singapore GP track where overtaking was extremely difficult.
Taking advantage of the wet condition, Perez held on to his position as others were tangling behind. Besides, on safety car regulation breach, Perez was quoted saying that he could not keep up with the safety car due to wet condition of the track, as the race referee did not take any step during the first instance, however, pinned the Mexican with a five-second penalty for the second one.
On top of that, Ferrari’s Leclerc and Sainz kept the second and third position respectively, while Verstappen entered into points with great difficulties after having been forced to begin from p8 following his team’s decision to abort Saturday's third qualifying.
Despite a sharp setback in Singapore GP, the flying Dutchman has been holding a 104-points lead over Leclerc.
Perez wins Singapore GP amid penalties, safety car regulation breach
Meanwhile, as Perez had finished 7.5 seconds ahead of Leclerc, his five seconds penalties adjusted the win by 2.5 seconds.
Here is the standing in driver’s championship title race after Singapore GP.
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull)- 341pts, 11 wins, 13 podiums
- Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)- 237 pts, 2 wins, 8 podiums
- Perez (Red Bull)- 235 points, 2 wins, 8 podiums
- Russell (Mercedes)- 203 points, 0 wins, 7 podiums
- Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)- 202 pts, 1 win, 8 podiums
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)- 170 pts, 0 win, 6 podiums
- Lando Norris (McLaren)- 100 pts, 0 wins, 1 podium
- Esteban Ocon (Alpine)- 66 points, 0 wins, 0 podium
- Fernando Alonso (Alpine)- 59 points 0 wins, 0 podiums
- Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)- 46pts, 0 wins, 0 podium