A deluge just before the Singapore Grand Prix created the conditions for an entertaining race under the lights in Marina Bay. While some excelled in the slippery conditions, others faltered, and we’ve picked our five winners and five losers from the race…
Winner: Sergio Pérez
Sergio Perez has come in for plenty of criticism recently, 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 smart move to take his second win 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.
This was Red Bull’s first victory in Singapore since Vettel in 2012 and only Perez’s second podium in seven races. He is now just two points behind Charles Leclerc in the battle for second in the drivers’ standings.
Loser: Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen’s stellar run of five consecutive wins came to a screeching 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 interrupt his lap in qualifying to ensure he did not run out of fuel. He then had a bad escape due to an anti-stall, dropping him four places to 12th and while he recovered well, a lock-up while trying to pass Lando Norris undid all that hard work so far.
However, seventh place offered a pile of points, meaning he must overtake Leclerc by eight and Perez by six in Japan to successfully defend his title.
Yes, Ferrari extended their winless run to six races – however this was their most impressive performance in terms of team results since before the summer break.
Charles Leclerc was quick enough to win – and probably would have if he hadn’t lost the lead at the start – and with Carlos Sainz following him home in third, Ferrari claimed their first double podium since round five in Miami.
It cuts the gap to Red Bull to 137 points in the constructors and gives them some breathing space from Mercedes, who are 66 behind.
Alpine looked very quick around the tight and twisty streets of Marina Bay, but poor reliability meant they retired both cars for the first time this season.
Fernando Alonso was running inside the top six before his technical problem, with the Spaniard saying he believes he has now lost 60 points due to failures or mistakes this season.
It was the second time in a row Alpine failed to win – and as a result, the team based in Enstone fell behind McLaren in fifth in the standings.
Winner: Lando Norris
Lando Norris is the only driver outside the top three teams to score a podium this year (at Imola) and at one stage in Singapore, he pushed Sainz to make it two.
He couldn’t hang on to the Spaniard though, but fourth was his second best result of the season and only McLaren’s second top four finish of the year.
The Brit has now made it a century of points, 44 clear of Esteban Ocon and 70 clear of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, after top-10 finishes in seven of the last eight races.
Loser: Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton went into the Singapore Grand Prix dreaming of converting his season’s best starting position of third onto the podium – and perhaps even a first win of the year.
He lost a place at the start to Sainz and then a lock-up at Turn 7 sent him sliding into the barriers and requiring a new front wing.
The seven-time world champion had to settle for a disappointing ninth, meaning he now has just five races to go to maintain his record of winning at least one race every season he has competed in F1.
2022 Singapore Grand Prix: Hamilton slides into the wall
Winners: Aston Martin
Aston Martin secured their best result of the season, with Lance Stroll adding a sixth to his five 10th places this year. His teammate Sebastian Vettel made up five places at the start to limit the damage from his qualifying injury and went on to finish eighth – his fourth top ten of the season.
A haul of 12 points lifts them above Haas and AlphaTauri into seventh in the constructors’ championship.
Loser: Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly won in back-to-back races for the first time since rounds two and three with 10th at Marina Bay – but he wasn’t happy.
The Frenchman ran behind Lando Norris in sixth as the Italian team took what he called “a big risk boxing early on”.
With AlphaTauri locked in a three-team battle 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 opening few laps put him in contention and saw him break into the top 10, while a late stop for a slick gave him track position.
Fifth was his first top-five finish since last year’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, and it 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 bunch of PU components which relegated him to a pit lane start.
He made some progress early on, climbing to 15th, but a gamble to switch to slicks early didn’t pay off.
And as he fought his way back into contention for points, a collision with Mick Schumacher ended any hopes of finishing in the top 10 on a difficult evening.