Pérez comes out on top in a brutal Singapore GP

Sergio Pérez comes out on top, old rivals almost find themselves out of the points and McLaren make a comeback.
Formula 1’s return to Singapore, for the first time since 2019, shook up the grid for Round 17 of the championship.
The race got off to a slow start, with heavy rain delaying procedures. Lights went out about 70 minutes later, with the whole field beginning on intermediates in the slightly damp conditions.
Pole-sitter Charles Leclerc had a good start off the line, but it was Red Bull’s Sergio Pérez who launched off from second and quickly made the jump on the Ferrari.
Pérez put up a fight worthy of his Driver of the Day award, holding off Leclerc and the rest of the field to cross the line first.
Leclerc and teammate Carlos Sainz completed the podium, staying ahead of the McLaren and Mercedes cars.
Despite having the opportunity to clinch his second title, championship leader Max Verstappen was off form this weekend, not performing in the way spectators have come to expect from the Dutchman.
An unusually poor strategy call from Red Bull saw Verstappen qualify eighth on Saturday, and he continued to struggle during the race on Sunday, but managed to secure seventh place.
The tight, twisting circuit, combined with the wet conditions, saw cars getting a bit too close for comfort to the walls, with several drivers finding themselves in the barriers — out of the 20 competitors, six retired due to technical problems and collisions.
With the Drag Reduction System only coming into effect by lap 43, much of the race was a slog around the 5.063km Yas Marina Circuit, which gives very little room for overtaking.
With Pérez on the top step followed by the two Ferrari drivers, McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo will be happy with fourth and fifth place, respectively. Lance Stroll of Aston Martin came in sixth, followed by Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton and Pierre Gasly rounded up the points finishers.
Valtteri Bottas and Kevin Magnussen narrowly missed out on points in 11th and 12th, followed by Mick Schumacher and George Russell.
The Singapore track was unforgiving for some, with six cars being forced to retire. Zhou Guanyu was taken out by Nicholas Latifi, who swept across the track into the other driver on lap 8. Alexander Albon crashed out on lap 26, followed by Yuki Tsunoda on lap 36 after going off into the barriers. Both Alpine cars of ...