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Verstappen suffers shock drop as long-standing Marina Bay curse broken - Singapore GP Stats

Verstappen suffers shock drop as long-standing Marina Bay curse broken - Singapore GP Stats

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Verstappen suffers shock drop as long-standing Marina Bay curse broken - Singapore GP Stats

Verstappen suffers shock drop as long-standing Marina Bay curse broken - Singapore GP Stats
GPFans Staff & Sundaram Ramaswami

Sergio Perez delivered a sublime performance to take victory at the Singapore Grand Prix from Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

F1 heavyweights Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were well fancied in difficult conditions but both had days to forget at the Marina Bay Street Circuit as they finished outside the top six.

After a dramatic weekend on and off the track, GPFans brings you the best stats and facts.

Perez joins F1 roll of honour

Perez powered Red Bull to its first win in Singapore in the hybrid era.

The Mexican led from the first corner of the race until the chequered flag dropped on the two-hour mark, the first time he has led an entire grand prix in his career, in doing so becoming the 58th driver in history and the fifth Red Bull driver to do so.

Perez is only the second non-champion to win at this venue. Nico Rosberg was yet to be crowned when he won the Singapore GP in 2016.

Red Bull's incredible streaks

It was Red Bull’s sixth consecutive victory, a streak which began at the French GP.

The Milton Keynes team has now won 13 of the 17 GPs so far, equaling their best tally of victories in a season, which they first set in 2013.

Red Bull has featured on the podium in each of the last 11 Singapore GPs and has more podiums [14] at Marina Bay than any other team.

Verstappen's shock drop

With Perez and Leclerc finishing first and second, Verstappen's championship lead took a hit for the first time since the British Grand Prix.

Perez matches Ricciardo alongside Verstappen

This is the first time since 2018 that both Red Bull drivers have bagged multiple wins in the same season.

Ferrari hit remarkable milestone

With Leclerc and Sainz finishing second and third respectively, Ferrari became the first engine manufacturer to reach the milestone of 800 podium finishes in F1.

Leclerc took pole position and finished runner-up for the second consecutive Singapore GP, having done so in 2019.

Astonishingly, the result was Ferrari’s first double-podium since Miami in May.

Mercedes' Marina Bay misery

Hamilton took his lowest race finish [P9] since the Emilia Romagna GP. It’s also the first time he has finished outside the top five in Singapore.

George Russell failed to score, bringing an end to his streak of finishing in the top five of each of the races he had completed this season.

The Briton, however, did claim the fastest lap of the race on lap 54, his second in F1 after the Sakhir Grand Prix in 2020.

Alonso record-breaking weekend tainted

Fernando Alonso is now the record holder for the most race starts in F1 with 350.

But the Spaniard's failure to make the chequered flag at the last two events means he remains level with Kimi Raikkonen for the most race finishes in the sport on 278.

With Esteban Ocon also retiring, Alpine have failed to score in consecutive races for the first time since Germany and Hungary in 2019 [when under the Renault guise].

McLaren turn on Singapore style

With Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo coming in fourth and fifth, both McLaren drivers finished within the top five for the first time since their one-two triumph at Monza last year.

Vettel says farewell to fruitful venue

Sebastian Vettel bid goodbye to one of his most successful tracks in F1.

The four-time champion collected five wins, eight podiums and twelve points finishes since the event made its calendar debut in 2008.

Perez breaks Singapore qualifying jinx

The driver starting second went on to win the Singapore GP for the first time in 13 races here.

Podium oddities

The podium did not feature a single world champion which also occurred at the Australian GP this year when Leclerc, Perez and Russell completed the top three.

This is the only Singapore GP to not feature Hamilton or Vettel on the podium.

All timed out

It was the fourth race at this venue to not reach its full race distance after the 2012, 2014 and 2017 events were also cut short - in terms of laps -due to the two-hour time limit.

Sundaram Ramaswami -Twitter/Instagram - @f1statsguru

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