Red Bull driver Sergio Perez praised the best performance of his F1 career to date as he controlled an “intense” Singapore Grand Prix to beat Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc to victory under the lights of Marina Bay.
Perez started Sunday night’s race from second position but got the jump on Leclerc as the action started and never looked back – he led the way as initially wet conditions transitioned to dry.
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With a seven-second lead over Leclerc for his second win of the season (following a win in Monaco) and the fourth win in his 12-year F1 career, Perez admitted he had driven better than ever.
“It was definitely my best performance. I controlled the race, although the [tyre] warm up was quite difficult. The last few laps were so intense. I didn’t feel it so much in the car, but when I got out I felt it. I pushed [and] I gave everything for the win today,” said Perez.
Perez remains under investigation for a potential Safety Car violation, more specifically “not keeping within 10 car lengths” of Bernd Maylander’s machine prior to a restart, but the Mexican brushed off the development.
When asked if he was aware of anything wrong, he replied, “No, I have no idea what’s going on. They just told me I was being examined, [and] to widen the gap, so we did that.”
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With Perez’ teammate Max Verstappen going through a difficult run to seventh place, the 2022 title race mathematically rolls on to Japan – the Dutchman is 104 points ahead of Leclerc, with Perez two points further back.
However, Perez is aware that there is a good chance that Verstappen is on his way to Suzuka, adding: “Obviously it’s nice for Max to [the title] in Japan, and for the team – it will be very special for Honda. Overall, [it was] a fantastic day.”