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The backstory: In the world of motorsport, Formula One, or F1 for short, stands as the ultimate racing spectacle. Think of it like the World Cup of racing, where the world's top drivers and teams face off in high-speed battles that draw fans from around the globe.
One event that has made a big mark in F1 history is the Singapore Grand Prix. It debuted in 2008 as F1's first-ever night race. But what makes this race stand out is the challenging Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. This track is known for its tight corners, unforgiving barriers and minimal straightaways, making it a true test of a driver’s skill.
More recently: Red Bull Racing has been the dominant force in F1 for some time. The last time a Red Bull driver faced defeat was in November 2022, at the Brazilian Grand Prix, when Mercedes' George Russell secured a win. Since then, it’s been on a winning streak all year long.
The development: Moving to the September 2023 Singapore Grand Prix that just wrapped up over the weekend, Ferrari's Carlos Sainz claimed victory, marking his second F1 win in his career, Ferrari's 243rd in the F1, ending Red Bull Racing's winning streak. Despite a challenging start, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished fifth in the race, maintaining his lead in the championship race with seven more races to go. His teammate Sergio Perez finished eighth.
This latest development adds even more excitement to the 2023 season. While Verstappen leads the championship, McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes are pressuring as we near the season's end.
"We nailed the race," said Ferrari's Carlos Sainz to reporters. "We did everything we had to do. We did it perfect, and we brought home a P1 that I'm sure all Italy and Ferrari is going to be proud and happy."
"It has been an incredible weekend right from the start," said Sainz. "The team deserves this win for the enormous work they have done both here and in Maranello, and I'm proud to dedicate it to all of them and the tifosi."
"We are pleased to be the first team to have ended Red Bull's winning streak and are happy to have picked up these points, which keep us in the fight for second place in the Constructors' championship," said Frédéric Vasseur, Ferrari Team Principal in a statement. "Now we move on to Suzuka, a very different sort of track, where we will do our utmost to continue this positive trend."