Sergio Perez wins the Singapore GP to prevent Max Verstappen from winning the title

F1 Grand Prix in Singapore

Sergio Perez led every lap of the Singapore GP (Photo: Getty)

Sergio Perez won a dramatic Singapore Grand Prix to delay his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen’s title celebration.

However, the victory could be taken away from Perez with the stewards investigating him for a safety car infringement that occurred in the final stage of the race.

This could benefit Charles Leclerc, who finished second ahead of his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Verstappen, who needed to win to have a chance of claiming his second world championship in Singapore, could only finish seventh after fighting back from a late mistake.

The start of the race in Singapore was delayed by over an hour after heavy rain fell on the Marina Bay street circuit in the build-up.

And when the grand prix finally got underway, it was Perez who pipped pole-sitter Leclerc at the start before holding off the contest for two grueling hours in the humid Singapore night.

As track conditions remained wet and treacherous throughout the race, six drivers failed to finish the race, while many others including Verstappen, Sir Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were caught and involved in numerous incidents.

‘It was definitely my best performance,’ Perez exclaimed after the race.

‘I controlled the race. All in all it was a great day.

‘The last three laps were so intense – when I got out of the car I felt it. I gave everything today.’

But when asked about a potential penalty, the Mexican driver said: ‘I have no idea what’s going on, they just told me I was under investigation and to increase the distance [to Leclerc].’

It was only Perez’s second win of the season and fourth of his entire Formula 1 career and it was enough to keep his slim title hopes alive, although Verstappen is still expected to seal the title at the next race in Japan.

The Dutchman will need to overtake Leclerc by eight points and Perez by nine when F1 returns to Suzuka next weekend.

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