The Mexican driver fell just a few thousandths off pole position in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday, but wanted to make up for his second win of the season. To do this, he had to overcome a Charles Leclerc who skidded at the start and gave the head of the race to Red Bull, who remained in front from the start until the checkered flag.
However, Sergio Pérez’s victory was threatened when, after the exit of a safety car to the track caused by Yuki Tsunoda’s accident, the stewards began an investigation into him for a possible infraction committed in the Safety Car period.
The one from Guadalajara received this information on the radio through his engineer, and they explained to him that he had to create a cushion of more than five seconds with respect to Charles Leclerc to keep the victory in Singapore. Said and done for Checo, who, based on fast lap after fast lap, moved away from the Monegasque Ferrari by up to about seven seconds, so any type of minor penalty would keep him in first place.
After two hours of Grand Prix, the Red Bull driver crossed the finish line with a considerable advantage over the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, but he still had to testify before the stewards, which he did minutes after spraying champagne on his entire team. team from the top of the podium.
Leaving the room where he declared to the stewards, the Mexican pilot calmed down all his followers to explain through the DAZN microphones that “there are no problems” with his victory and he could celebrate the victory in style. However, hours after his triumph, the FIA confirmed that he had been penalized five seconds , along with two points on his super license and a reprimand for another offense under the Safety Car regime.
In the meeting with the driver, the stewards asked why he left so much distance with respect to the safety car, to which Checo replied that in conditions with wet asphalt it was very difficult to stay close to the vehicle, but that was on lap 10, since that in race 36 he did receive the penalty because the FIA considered that he could be riding the maximum distance allowed.
In this way, by creating a cushion greater than five seconds with respect to Charles Leclerc, he talked about the victory of the 2022 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix.
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