Oracle Red Bull Racing’s Sergio Pérez held off the challenge of Ferraris to win the 2022 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix in challenging wet-dry conditions. The Mexican driver had started from second on the grid but passed the Monegasque at the first corner and withstood heavy pressure for large portions as he secured his second victory of the season.
Team-mate Max Verstappen, who needed to win the race from eighth on the grid to have any chance of claiming his second successive title, looked to be coming into contention for a podium place before an error derailed his chances.
The Dutch driver finished in seventh place, with his world championship lead reduced to 104 points. However, he will still be able to close out a dominant season in Japan next weekend.
First of all, well done to Checo today. He put in an outstanding performance. From my side, it was a frustrating weekend. The race didn’t start well; I had an anti-stall, so I lost a lot of positions at the start. From there onwards, I got myself back into a good position after switching to slicks, but when I wanted to go for the move on Lando, I braked, hit a big bump and bottomed out and locked up. I boxed for new tyres as I had a massive flat spot, so I had to start all over again from the back. It’s tough to pass people on this track, especially when we’ve all got our tyres up to temperature, so I was stuck for a while. It was good to get a few points, but that’s not what we are here for—time to focus on Japan.
I am so happy to get this victory for my Team and me. It means a lot to me. I haven’t been on the podium the last couple of races, but I was always working under the radar and making big noises behind the scenes, so I am super proud of the performance today. Mentally it was tough, and you had to stay alert for the whole race. It was super tricky in the conditions today, and people underestimate how difficult it is to drive in those; going through the final sector was so hard. There was a bit of miscommunication with the safety car, I think. He was going fast in places where I couldn’t keep up with him and then slowing where I could go fast. We were driving on slicks in the wet, trying to keep the temperature, which is problematic. When they told me I was under investigation, I just pushed like qualifying for 15 laps to get Charles as big a gap as possible.
Christian Horner – Team Principal & CEO
That was world-class from Checo. It is right up there as one of his best drives. He was always fighting, and even though he had a lot thrown his way, he managed to stay on top. The safety car could have been a real stumbling block, but how many times have we had to deal with a safety car lap, and how many precedents are there? For us, this time, it was a none issue. The stewards took their time with it, but they reached the right decision. It would have been an incredible shame to have taken that victory away from Checo. It was a massive result for him, and we are super proud of him.
Conversely, it has been a tough weekend for Max, he had a lot against him today, and while he was very patient, it did not go his way. He kept having to attack the field from some distance, then he spun, then had to pit, then attack from behind again. He was always fighting, even down to those last few laps. It was a shame, but that shouldn’t detract from a spectacular drive from Checo.