Sergio Perez at risk of losing Singapore victory as FIA investigate infringement

Sergio Perez won the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.

The stewards will investigate Sergio Perez after the Singapore Grand Prix for a possible Safety Car infringement.

The Mexican took the lead from Charles Leclerc off the start of the race, and maintained a steady advantage over the Ferrari driver during the first part of the race.

He was forced to negotiate a Safety Car period when Nicholas Latifi and Zhou Guanyu crashed, and continued to lead until the drivers changed onto slick tyres.

For many drivers, that switch took place under another Safety Car, when Yuki Tsunoda found the barrier at Turn 10, ruining what had been a solid day for AlphaTauri.

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As the Safety Car was coming in, Perez appeared to get confused, and he backed off heading through Turn 13, before seeming to speed up as if he was going back to full speed.

He began to catch the Safety Car as Bernd Maylander was traversing Turn 19, before slowing down again to let the German come back into the pits.

Perez then opened it back out, held off Leclerc for several laps, and built an advantage of over seven seconds after the Monegasque had made a mistake through Turn 17.

The stewards noted that the now four-time race winner had sped up initially before eventually restarting, and they will be taking a look after the race.

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Because of the winning margin, a penalty – which would probably only be five seconds – would not strip Perez of the win.

However, he could be handed two five-second penalties, according to Ferrari.

He was told by his team to push until the very end of the race to make sure that he had as big a lead as possible in the event of a penalty being handed out by race control.

Perez’s win is his second of the 2022 season, and it moves him to within two points of Leclerc in the battle for second in the Drivers’ Standings.