Europe 1 with AFP / Photo credit: CLIVE ROSE / GETTY IMAGES ASIAPAC / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP 16:45 p.m., September 17, 2023On Sunday, Spaniard Carlos Sainz won the Singapore Grand Prix and ended a streak of 15 consecutive victories for Red Bull. The Marina Bay street layout will also not be the scene of an eleventh consecutive GP victory for solid championship leader Max Verstappen, as the Red Bull driver finished 5th.
Ferrari's Carlos Sainz, who started at the top of the Singapore Grand Prix and led from start to finish, won the 15th round of the Formula 1 season on Sunday, ending a streak of 15 consecutive victories for Red Bull. The Spaniard won ahead of Britons Lando Norris (McLaren) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and allowed Ferrari to end the Red Bull hegemony, which had so far won all 14 rounds contested this season (plus the last GP of 2022 held in Abu Dhabi).
The Marina Bay street layout will also not see an eleventh consecutive GP victory for solid championship leader Max Verstappen, as the Red Bull driver finished 5th - his worst finish of the season. In general, the Dutchman still maintains a comfortable lead in front of his runner-up and teammate, the Mexican Sergio Pérez, 8th in the GP.
Russell made a mistake on the last lap
On track, the Mercedes of George Russell, 2nd on the grid, and Hamilton, 5th at the start, played their part in the last third of the race, taking advantage of a virtual safety car (following the stop on track of Esteban Ocon's Alpine, obviously victim of a technical problem) to dive into the pits. Coming out on medium tyres - faster and cooler than Sainz's hard tyres - the objective for the German team was clear: to regain the lead of the race.
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But it was without counting on the resistance of Norris, determined to contain his compatriots behind. On the final lap, Russell started at the fault, ending his race in a wall. He was forced to give up. The other Ferrari of Monegasque Charles Leclerc finished 4th, ahead of Verstappen and Frenchman Pierre Gasly, 6th at the wheel of his Alpine. New Zealander Liam Lawson continued to impress for his third F1 GP, finishing 9th in the race.