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MONDAY MORNING DEBRIEF: The two crucial Singapore Grand Prix moments that stopped Russell and Mercedes claiming victory

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Mark Hughes
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Although Carlos Sainz delivered a perfect performance to win the Singapore Grand Prix for Ferrari, it could so easily have been Mercedes’ George Russell who took the honour of the first non-Red Bull win of the season. Instead, he ended the race in the barriers on the final lap.

There were two crucial moments where the possible win got away from Russell’s grasp, one in qualifying, the other in the race. He lost out to Sainz for pole by the margin of seven hundredths of a second. All weekend the Mercedes had lost out to the Ferrari in the first sector of the lap as it took a little longer to get its tyres fully up to temperature, but it would then claw back that time through the middle and final sectors.

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