Carlos Sainz wins Singapore Grand Prix, ends Max Verstappen’s lengthy win streak

Carlos Sainz won the Singapore Grand Prix, ending Red Bull’s perfect season and Max Verstappen’s lengthy win streak that dated back to Miami in early May. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Sainz played a game of cat and mouse after the safety car period, holding onto pace as he backed the pack up. And as the final laps played out, the Ferrari driver tried to give Lando Norris DRS to make it harder for George Russell to catch up and pass.
  • Russell had been chasing down Sainz and Norris, but on the final lap, he crashed into the barriers.
  • Aston Martin’s weekend went from bad to worse during the virtual safety car period when Alpine’s Esteban Ocon retired due to “a suspected gearbox issue.” Lance Stroll suffered a heavy crash in qualifying and did not compete on Sunday.
  • Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso pitted during the virtual safety car period, and it was a 25-second pit stop, which included serving a 5-second time penalty. Alonso later spun, and he finished far outside of points.

For more on the Singapore Grand Prix, check out The Athletic‘s live coverage.

Provisional race results

  1. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
  2. Lando Norris (McLaren)
  3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  4. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  5. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  6. Pierre Gasly (Alpine)
  7. Oscar Piastri (McLaren)
  8. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
  9. Liam Lawson (AlphaTauri)
  10. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
  11. Alex Albon (Williams)
  12. Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)
  13. Nico Hulkenberg (Haas)
  14. Logan Sargeant (Williams)
  15. Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin)
  16. George Russell (Mercedes)

DNF — Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
DNF — Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
DNF — Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
DNS — Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)

What Sainz said

“You know what? This is my first, smooooth operation in Ferrari. Smooooth operatoooor!” Sainz said over the radio. “That was perfect guys, perfect weekend — come on!”

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(Photo: Qian Jun / MB Media / Getty Images)

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