Carlos Sainz fended off Mercedes' charge to win a pulsating Singapore Grand Prix after clinging on despite last-gasp pressure and capping off a controlled drive.
Having led most of the race comfortably after charging away at lights out and being shielded by wingman Charles Leclerc, Sainz was suddenly reeled in over the final laps by the marauding George Russell and Lewis Hamilton.
Indeed, Mercedes had gambled under a late Virtual Safety Car by strapping on fresh tyres for both drivers and they made light work in closing the gap on the squabble at the front of the grid, setting up a grandstand finish under the lights.
But neither Russell nor Hamilton were able to get the better of Lando Norris, who defended valiantly. Russell then crashed out of third place on the last lap.
Sainz subsequently took the chequered flag first in breathtaking fashion, quickly followed by Norris and Hamilton. Leclerc was ultimately made to settle for fourth.
The triumph was Ferrari's long-awaited first since July 2022 and ensured the first non-Red Bull race winner since the penultimate race in Brazil last season.
Despite Red Bull's record-breaking winning run stuttering to a halt, Max Verstappen shook off a mixed weekend to finish fifth after a superb fightback.
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