Sergio Perez has won the Singapore Grand Prix after what has been described as ‘the best race of his career,’ according to Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner.
With torrential weather conditions delaying lights out by one hour, the Mexican driver fought to the flag amid six retirements, several safety cars and ongoing dreadful conditions.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1 after the race, Sergio Perez was delighted after taking victory in Singapore.
“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.”
However, he played down the ongoing investigation over a possible infringement behind the safety car by saying: “I have no idea what’s going on, they just told me I was under investigation and to increase the gap,” Perez said.
Charles Leclerc who came home in second on Sunday then said he needs a good night’s sleep after a tough race.
“I pushed all the way. The bad start put us on the back foot and it was a really difficult race after that,” he said.
“It was difficult. I need a good night’s sleep and to get ready for Japan.”
Filling the final step on the podium was the second Ferrari of Carlos Sainz who said he was frustrated not to be able to challenge for the lead, but was satisfied with a podium place nonetheless.
“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.
“It’s a good result for the team in the Constructors’ Championship.”