Carlos Sainz Jr. Carves Astounding Victory in Singapore Grand Prix as Red Bull Streak Ends
BY: Michelle Liew
This weekend is one for the history books! The streets of Singapore have witnessed countless memorable moments in Formula 1 history, but none quite like the night when Carlos Sainz Jr. clinched his first-ever Grand Prix win for the season. The Marina Bay Street Circuit, known for its challenging twists and turns, set the stage for a historic victory that left fans and pundits in awe. In this article, we'll explore the thrilling journey of Carlos Sainz Jr. as he secured his maiden F1 triumph under the dazzling lights of Singapore.
Carlos Sainz Jr. clocked in a series of firsts in the spectacular Singapore Grand Prix: his first-ever career win in Singapore, first-ever win for Scuderia Ferrari this season – breaking Red Bull Racing’s streak, resulting in the Spain national anthem being played for the first time this season. The impressive pole-to-victory is now the Spaniard’s second career win overall.
The 29-year-old has always shown immense promise in the world of Formula 1. Son of the legendary rally driver Carlos Sainz, young Sainz was destined for greatness from the beginning. After starting his F1 career with Scuderia Toro Rosso, he moved to Renault and then to McLaren, where he continued to refine his skills, making a name for himself as a reliable and talented driver.
Sainz's move to Ferrari in 2021 was a pivotal moment in his career. Joining one of the most storied teams in F1 history came with immense pressure and expectations. However, Sainz embraced the challenge and quickly adapted to the iconic red car.
The 2023 Singapore Grand Prix was highly anticipated, not just because of the usual spectacle the night race offers but also because of the dramatic season that had unfolded. Sainz had been consistently strong throughout the season but was yet to claim the top step of the podium. With a favourable result in the Qualifying Session on Saturday, many Ferrari fans, Tifosi, were hoping for a change of scenery to the Driver’s Standing.
The weekend in Singapore began with Ferrari showing impressive pace, and Sainz's confidence was at an all-time high. The practice sessions saw him consistently at the top of the time sheets, signalling his readiness for the race. As the sun set over the Marina Bay circuit and the lights illuminated the track, the stage was set for a thrilling race.
The Singapore circuit is notorious for its punishing conditions, with high humidity and extreme temperatures pushing drivers to their limits. Sainz, however, remained cool and composed throughout the race. The race started with agony for AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda and proceeded to witness DNFs from Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas before an unfortunate accident that saw Mercedes’ George Russell crash out in the penultimate lap.
Sainz found himself in the lead throughout the race, with his Ferrari performing flawlessly under the challenging conditions. He crossed the finish line in first place, securing his first-ever Formula 1 victory for the season, with McLaren’s Lando Norris and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton closing in for the podium.
Sainz's joy and relief were evident as he climbed out of his car and embraced his team. The Ferrari garage erupted in celebration, and the cheers of the fans in the grandstands reverberated throughout the night.
The Formula 1 paddock heads to Suzuka for the 17th Round of the season, marking the highly anticipated Japanese Grand Prix.