2023 Singapore GP winner, Carlos Sainz Jr.

F1: Sainz Jr. Hangs on to win 2023 Singapore GP

Managing his worn tires to perfection, Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz Jr. hung on to win the Singapore GP over the McLaren of Lando Norris.

–by Mark Cipolloni–

Sainz led the entire race was from pole, but his #55 Ferrari was under pressure the entire way. The top three are separated by only 1.269 seconds!

To fight that hard for that long at the hottest, most physical race of the year – that really was an impressive showing from all three drivers.

“An incredible feeling, an incredible weekend,” said a happy Sainz Jr. “I want to thank everyone in Ferrari for this turnaround after a tricky start to the season, we brought home a P1 that I’m sure will make all the Italians happy today. Given our limitations with tire wear, I knew it would be a long [final] stint on hards. It worked to perfection, we gave Lando some DRS to help him and we got the P1. I felt under control to be honest, I had the head space to do what I wanted to do.”

Carlos Sainz Jr. leads Charles Leclerc and the two Mercedes early
Carlos Sainz Jr. leads Charles Leclerc and the two Mercedes early

Lando Norris’s McLaren was on the same worn tires as Sainz, but was able to hang onto 2nd place.

“Carlos was very generous, helping me get DRS,” said Norris.

“It helped my race, but it also helped his. We knew it would be tough when Mercedes boxed. I hit the wall on the last lap at the same place, so [Russell] just copied me, he just did it worse. No, I feel for him, he was the quickest out there today.”

On fresher and softer tires, the Mercedes were catching the two leaders by over 1-second a lap, but George Russell blew a third place finish by crashing into the barriers trying to pass Lando Norris and finished 16th.

Russell clipped the wall on the entry to Turn 10, and it looks like he possibly broke his suspension, as he just went straight on into the barriers from there.

That gave Lewis Hamilton the final podium position in his #44 Mercedes, who was right behind his teammate as they charged toward the front.

Lewis Hamilton - third 2023 Singapore Grand Prix - LAT Images for Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton – third 2023 Singapore Grand Prix – LAT Images for Mercedes

“Firstly, congratulations to Carlos and Lando, they did a great job today and their strategy worked,” said Hamilton.

“We rolled the dice, with different tires. The team did a great job to get us back up there. Extremely unfortunate for George, we were pushing so hard to catch these guys and our tires were so hot – but he’ll bounce back, he was phenomenal.”

Charles Leclerc just held off Max Verstappen for 4th by 0.264s in a great recovery drive from the Dutchman who at one time was almost dead last.

It ended Verstappen’s record consecutive race wins at 10 and the Red Bull’s team at 15.

Fifteen cars finished – Russell crashed out, Valterri Bottas and Esteban Ocon both pulled off with gearbox issues, and Yuki Tsunoda disappeared down the escape road on the opening lap with a puncture that he couldn’t nurse back to the pits.

Not feeling 100% and his car in shambles, Lance Stroll didn’t start the race after that big crash in qualifying.

One of the best races of the season so far? In the early stages, it looked like it might be a procession, but a Safety Car for Sargeant’s crash and a VSC for Ocon’s stricken Alpine threw in the variables, and livened up proceedings right to the exciting finish.

The Japanese GP is next weekend, and surely Red Bull won’t be anywhere near as off the pace as they were here, or will they be?

They expect to be in the mix at a track that has suited them in the past, but Verstappen won’t be able to wrap up the title there as he did last year as he didn’t score enough points today, but he did widen his point lead over his teammate Sergio Perez who came home 8th.


2023 Singapore GP podium (L to R) Lando Norris (2nd), Carlos Sainz Jr. (1st) Fred Vasseur and Lewis Hamilton (3rd)
2023 Singapore GP podium (L to R) Lando Norris (2nd), Carlos Sainz Jr. (1st) Fred Vasseur and Lewis Hamilton (3rd)

Race Results

1 Carlos Sainz Jr. ESP Scuderia Ferrari +0.000s
2 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team +0.812s
3 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team +1.269s
4 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari +21.177s
5 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing +21.441s
6 Pierre Gasly FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team +38.441s
7 Oscar Piastri AUS McLaren F1 Team +41.479s
8 Sergio Perez MEX Oracle Red Bull Racing +54.534s
9 Liam Lawson NZL Scuderia AlphaTauri +65.918s
10 Kevin Magnussen DEN MoneyGram Haas F1 Team +72.116s
11 Alex Albon THA Williams Racing +73.417s
12 Zhou Guanyu CHN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake +83.649s
13 Nico Hulkenberg GER MoneyGram Haas F1 Team +86.201s
14 Logan Sargeant USA Williams Racing +86.889s
15 Fernando Alonso ESP Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant +87.603s
DNF George Russell GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 62 laps
DNF Valtteri Bottas FIN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake 55 laps
DNF Esteban Ocon FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 43 laps
DNF Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri 2 laps
DNS Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant
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