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Hamilton is quickest after the first round of laps have been posted, with Tsunoda second. The Soft tyres are not too alive at the moment, and it seems that the Intermediates could be the ones to go for.
In the meantime, Hamilton is flying!
01 October 16:07
Charles Leclerc secured pole position for Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver secured the position ahead of Red Bull's Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-AMG. Championship leader Max Verstappen was on course to snatch the position from the Ferrari man, but an inexplicable radio call roped him into the pits.
Hamilton looked poised to be the surprise pole man, but the superior pace of both the Ferrari and Red Bulls prevented it from happening.
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02 October 15:20
Lap 5/61: Perez and Leclerc are leading out in front, the gap just 1.3 seconds between them. They are leaving Sainz and Hamilton behind, with Sainz now more than 5 seconds behind Leclerc.
Verstappen is now up to 9th, but already more than 20 seconds behind teammate Perez.
Sebastian Vettel had a stellar start, lifting his Aston Martin up into 8th having started 13th.
02 October 15:25
Lap 8/61: Zhou Guanyu is out of the race after making contact with Nicholas Latifi. The Williams driver squeezed Guanyu into the walls as the Alfa Romeo man attempted an overtake. Latifi is in the pits having suffered a puncture. It would seem that the Williams suffered suspension damage and Latifi's race is over, too.
The safety car is now out on track.
02 October 15:39
Lap 15/61: Racing resumed on Lap 11 and it's been brimmed with action. The top 4 (Perez, Leclerc, Sainz, Hamilton) is unchanged, but Verstappen has been a man on a charge. He is currently in 7th place and trying to find a way past Alpine's Fernando Alonso.
Lando Norris is holding position in 5th and managed to extract 2 seconds between him and Alonso.
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Lap 20/61: Verstappen complains over the team radio that he is experiencing a lag when shifting up on the gears. In the meantime, the track is drying and calculations are being made on when to switch to the slick tyres. And the longer they stay out on the Intermediate tyre on a drying track, the bigger the risk of tyre damage.
It would seem that Mercedes-AMG will roll the dice on the slick tyre with George Russell.
02 October 15:54
02 October 16:11
Lap 30/61: Esteban Ocon's Alpine also gave in, bringing out the virtual safety car. At the front, Perez leads from Leclerc by 3 seconds, with Sainz more than 20 seconds adrift. Hamilton is now less than a second behind Sainz.
Norris is still in 5th, with Verstappen in 6th. Overtaking opportunities are not easily available and this could maybe be how the final result will see to it. But hey, funnier things have happended!
02 October 16:21
Lap 35/61: Hamilton puts it into the wall, but keeps his car going. He rejoins in 5th, splitting Norris and Verstappen in a rather dangerous manner. More, Hamilton has front wing damage.
Gasly is in the pit for a set of slick tyres, while Ferrari is readying for Leclerc - also for slicks.
02 October 16:26
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37min remaining: Racing resumes and it's Perez leading from Leclerc and Sainz.
02 October 16:40
30min remaining: Verstappen attempts a pass on Norris soon after the restart, but locks up his brakes. He came into the pits again for new tyres, this time for Softs.
Russell, meanwhile, attempted a pass on Mick Schumacher, but caused damage to his own car. He is also in the pits for new tyres after suffering a right-rear puncture.
Schumacher is now also in the pits to change tyres.
02 October 16:48
02 October 17:00
10min remaining: Perez is under investigation for a safety car infringement. If found guilty, he could receive a time penalty that could drop him down the finishing order. That would mean that Leclerc is the winner.
Verstappen is now up into ninth and 1.3 seconds behind Hamilton in 8th.
02 October 17:08
2min remaining: Perez is almost 5 seconds ahead of Leclerc and is closing in on the win. Verstappen is caught behind Hamilton and Vettel, but can't find a way past the two.
Hamilton makes a mistake, allowing Verstappen to go past.
02 October 17:15
Sergio Perez won a rain-affected Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday meaning his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen, who finished seventh, must wait at least another week to retain his Formula 1 world championship.
The Mexican took the chequered flag 7.5sec ahead of the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, whose teammate Carlos Sainz was third in the night race that started more than an hour late because of a storm.
Verstappen had a mathematical chance to clinch a second world title in Singapore, but needed to win and have other results go his way. The Dutchman was always going to struggle after starting eighth on the grid at the Marina Bay Street Circuit but he battled back from a slow start where he dropped to 13th to finish seventh. It means his world championship lead over Leclerc has been cut to 104 points ahead of next week's Japanese Grand Prix. Perez is two points behind Leclerc.
Verstappen will need to be 112 points ahead at the end of next Sunday's race in Suzuka to retain his title. It means a win will be enough for Verstappen if Leclerc fails to finish second.
"It was certainly my best performance," Perez said. "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."
Perez was under investigation for an infringement under one of numerous safety car periods during the race, and potentially faces a time penalty that could hand the victory to Ferrari.
"I have no idea what's going on, they just told me I was under investigation and to increase the gap," Perez said.
Leclerc started on pole but had a sluggish getaway on intermediate tyres in the slippery conditions allowing Perez to reach the first corner in the lead.
"I pushed all the way," said Leclerc. "The bad start put us on the back foot and it was a really difficult race after that. I need a good night's sleep and to get ready for Japan."
Sainz said he felt he could never threaten the front two after he crossed the line 7.7sec behind his teammate.
"It was very tough out there," Sainz said. "I never really got into a rhythm in the wet and then couldn't challenge the top two guys. I had to settle for P3, but the good thing is I didn't do any mistakes and could bring the car home and be quick towards the end of the race."
Lewis Hamilton started third in his Mercedes and lost a place at the start before later slithering into a barrier and finishing ninth.