Sergio Perez produced a brilliant performance to win the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, meaning Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen’s pursuit of a second world championship goes on to Japan next week.

A huge downpour at Marina Bay meant the start of the race was delayed by more than an hour and that brought with it some tricky conditions, as the slick track forced the teams’ to think carefully about strategy and which tyres to use.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc started on pole for the ninth time this season but he didn’t stay at the head of the grid for long, as Perez passed him on the first lap and never relinquished that position.

There were several virtual safety cars during the contest and this resulted in the full race distance not being completed, with Perez’s winning race time 2:02:15.238 – +7.595 ahead of Leclerc in second.

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Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jnr crossed the line in third – the second Ferrari completing the podium – while the two McLaren’s of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo were fourth and fifth respectively.

Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll was sixth, ahead of reigning world champion Verstappen, who had to settle for seventh but is still 104 points ahead of Leclerc in the Drivers’ Championship standings.

Reacting to his win after the race, Perez told Sky Sports: “It was certainly my best performance. I controlled the race. The last three laps were so intense – when I got out of the car, I felt it. I gave everything today.”

Next up is the Japan Grand Prix at Suzuka, with the first two practice sessions taking place on Friday, and Verstappen could secure his second world title if he finishes ahead of Leclerc and Perez.

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