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RACE START: Watch the getaway at the Singapore Grand Prix as Leclerc jumps Russell to give Ferrari early 1-2

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Beneath the floodlights, the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix got under way, with pole-sitter Carlos Sainz nailing his start to lead into Turn 1.

Behind, Charles Leclerc from P3 used his soft starting rubber to great effect to surge past Mercedes’ George Russell – who started second – and slot into position as team mate Sainz’s rear-gunner.

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The other Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton raised eyebrows, meanwhile, after dramatically running on at Turn 1 and slotting into P3, before handing a position back to Russell – with McLaren’s Lando Norris unhappy after he was also jumped by the seven-time champion.

One driver who didn’t have a strong start to his race, however, was Yuki Tsunoda, who was forced to pull up his AlphaTauri in the run-off with a puncture.

Watch the race start in the video above.

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