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Sainz takes first non-Red Bull win in 2023 after stunning Singapore race

Sainz takes first non-Red Bull win in 2023 after stunning Singapore race

17 September - 14:56 Last update: 15:02

Carlos Sainz takes a fantastic win at the Singapore Grand Prix, as he becomes the first non-Red Bull driver to win in the 2023 season.

As the race ticked down to its final few laps, the top four were covered by less than two seconds in what was a thrilling finish, but Sainz was able to hold on from Lando Norris in second and Lewis Hamilton in third after George Russell crashed out on the final lap.

Titanic battle for first place in the last laps

After a hectic qualifying session where both Red Bulls did not make it into Q3, it left the rest of the grid and the top teams to battle in what was a very competitive Singapore Grand Prix.

Sainz, who started the race from the pole, was able to hold on during the start, as his Ferarri teammate Charles Leclerc was able to get past Russell to give Ferarri one-two for the opening portion of the race. Russell was able to hold onto third, with Norris and Hamilton sitting in fourth and fifth, respectively.

The race took its first dramatic turn after Logan Sargeant collided with the wall, dislodging his front wing and spraying debris all over the track, which brought out the safety car. As a result, all drivers came into the pits, with Leclerc losing out after being held in his box and dropping to sixth.

As a result, Max Verstappen, who didn't pit under the safety car, jumped the Monegasque driver, along with Russell in P3, Norris in P4 and Perez in P5, who also didn't pit. However, after the race restart, the Red Bulls could not keep up with the drivers on the fresher tyres, as Russell, Norris and Leclerc all found their way through the field.

The VSC also came out after Esteban Ocon was forced to retire, which allowed only Hamilton to come in for a second stop. Sainz, Norris and Russell stayed out, setting up the grandstand finish and the final battle. But it turned out to be the right strategy choice from Ferarri, and after some tyre management from Sainz, he was able to keep Norris and the two Mercedes behind him and hold on for his second win in F1.

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