Yes, yes, there is still a little suspense in the Formula 1 world championship. In any case at this time, we do not yet officially know the name of the 2022 world champion. It could have been the case this 2 October after the Singapore Grand Prix.
If Max Verstappen had won and if the results of his competitors had been favorable to him, his second coronation would have been in his pocket.
However, the Dutch driver did not win.
He even finished far, in seventh place after a lot of adventures.
Penalized in qualifying by an error by his team which had forced him to start from 8th place, he was not served by the difficult conditions on an urban circuit on which it is difficult to overtake.
After a missed start, he even made a mistake at the end of the race.
A straight forward fortunately without any real consequences since he was no longer aiming for victory.
It nevertheless went to a Red Bull driver but not the one expected: the Mexican Sergio Perez won ahead of the two Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.
Due to heavy rain, the start of the race was delayed by one hour.
It allowed Spanish driver Fernando Alonso to enter F1 history by taking the 351st start of a Grand Prix in his career, which began in 2001. He is the new record holder just ahead of the 350 starts of Finn Kimi Raikkonen.
A record which he unfortunately could not really celebrate since he was forced to retire following engine failure.
It's the same problem for the other Alpine, that of Esteban Ocon.
A very bad weekend in the general classification for the French team amplified by the 4th and 5th places of the McLarens of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo.