A deluge just before the Singapore Grand Prix created the conditions for an entertaining race under the lights of Marina Bay. While some excelled in slippery conditions, others floundered, and we picked our five winners and five losers of the race…
Winner: Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez has received quite a bit of criticism lately, with the Mexican struggling to match Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen – but he silenced those doubters with aplomb in Singapore, delivering a confident and savvy drive to claim his second victory of the year. .
He becomes the first person since four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel in 2011 to win street 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 win in Singapore since Vettel in 2012 and only Perez’s second podium in seven races. He is only two points behind Charles Leclerc in the fight for second place in the drivers’ classification.
Loser: Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen’s brilliant five-game winning streak came to a halt in Singapore, as the championship leader endured his most frustrating weekend of the year.
The Red Bull driver missed the chance to take pole when he was forced to cut short his lap in qualifying to make sure he didn’t run out of fuel. He then had a bad jaunt because of the anti-stall, dropping him four places to 12th and while he was recovering well, a lock-up trying to pass Lando Norris undid all that hard work until now.
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Still, seventh place offered a wealth of points, meaning he must beat Leclerc by eight and Perez by six in Japan to successfully defend his title.
Yes, Ferrari extended their winless run to six races – but it was their most impressive showing in terms of a team result since before the summer break.
Charles Leclerc was quick enough to win – and probably would have done so if he hadn’t lost his lead at the start – and with Carlos Sainz trailing him home in third, Ferrari secured their first double podium since round five in Miami.
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This reduces the gap with Red Bull to 137 points at the manufacturers and gives them some breathing room against Mercedes, who are 66 points behind.
Alpine looked very quick on the narrow, winding streets of Marina Bay, but poor reliability meant they were dropping both cars for the first time this season.
Fernando Alonso raced in the top six before his technical issue, with the Spaniard saying he estimates he has now lost 60 points to failures or errors this season.
It was the second time in a row that Alpine failed to score – and as a result the Enstone-based team fell behind McLaren to fifth in the standings.
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Winner: Lando Norris
Lando Norris is the only driver outside of the top three teams to claim a podium this year (at Imola) and at a stage in Singapore he was jostling Sainz in a bid to make it two.
He couldn’t hang on to the Spaniard, however, but fourth was his second-best finish of the season and only McLaren’s second top four of the year.
The Briton has now scored a century of points, 44 ahead of Esteban Ocon and 70 ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, having finished in the top 10 in seven of the last eight races.
Loser: Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton headed into the Singapore Grand Prix dreaming of turning his best starting position of his season into a podium – and maybe even a first win of the year.
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He lost a place at the start to Sainz, then a lockout at Turn 7 caused him to slide into the barriers and required a new front wing.
The seven-time world champion had to settle for a disappointing ninth, meaning he has just five races left to maintain his record of winning at least one race in every season he has competed in F1.
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Winners: Aston Martin
Aston Martin got its best result of the season, Lance Stroll adding sixth to his five 10th-place finishes this year. His team-mate Sebastian Vettel moved up five places at the start to limit the damage from his pain in qualifying and finished eighth – his fourth top eight of the season.
A 12-point run puts them above Haas and AlphaTauri in seventh place in the constructors’ championship.
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Loser: Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly scored in back-to-back races for the first time since rounds two and three with a 10th-place finish at Marina Bay – but he wasn’t happy.
The Frenchman was running behind Lando Norris in the sixth when the Italian side took what he called ‘a huge risk by boxing in early’.
With AlphaTauri locked in a three-team fight for P7 in the Constructors’ Championship, the loss of a top-six finish hurt.
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, finishing fifth in what was his best drive of the season.
An impressive start and a few opening laps put him in contention and saw him break into the top 10, while a late stop for the slicks gave him track position.
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Fifth was his first top five finish since last year’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, which puts him 11th in the championship behind Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas.
Loser: George Russell
George Russell had everything to do after Mercedes changed a host of components to PU which relegated him to a pit lane start.
He made progress early on, climbing to 15th, but a gamble to switch to slicks early didn’t pay off.
And as he got back into contention for the points, a collision with Mick Schumacher ended all hopes of a top-10 finish on a tough night.
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