GP3 champ Alex Lynn to test with Lotus on Wednesday

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It appears Lotus has a thing for testing drivers with short surnames, and that streak continued with news newly crowned GP3 champion Alex Lynn will have an afternoon of running in the team’s E22 chassis on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.

Lynn follows on from Esteban Ocon, who ran in free practice one of the Grand Prix weekend last Friday, and reserve driver Charles Pic, who wound up testing on Tuesday. Ocon will run the morning on Wednesday before Lynn takes over.

For the Englishman, it will mark his Formula One testing debut and provide an opportunity to showcase himself in the same test as Carlos Sainz, who tested for Red Bull today. Both Red Bull proteges are in contention for the vacant Toro Rosso seat alongside Max Verstappen next season.

The Lotus shares the same Renault power plant as the Toro Rosso, so this should give Lynn a feel of a similar power unit to what he could be expecting at STR – if he gets an opportunity there.

While not the favorite for the STR seat, if Lynn was to get the promotion he’d be the second straight GP3 champion to do so, after Daniil Kvyat’s call-up a year ago.

Sergio Perez wins rain-delayed race in Singapore over Leclerc; Verstappen seventh

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SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen’s Formula One title celebrations were put on hold after the Red Bull driver placed seventh at a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Perez was investigated for a potential safety car infringement but still kept the win after a 5-second time penalty for dropping too far back after being warned.

Verstappen had won the past five races but needed to win here and finish 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for a second straight season. That could happen next weekend at the Japanese GP.

Verstappen made a mistake after the second safety car restart, following AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda’s crash on Lap 36. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’ McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position with Verstappen going from eighth after a team blunder in qualifying.

The race start was delayed by more than an hour to clear water off the Marina Bay Circuit track following heavy rainfall. Drivers had to finish the 61-lap race within a two-hour window; 59 laps were completed.

Tricky conditions saw the virtual safety car deployed three times and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez made a good start and jumped past Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on Lap 8 when Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was cut off by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Perez got away cleanly at the restart, while Verstappen climbed into seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended disappointingly when his engine failed on Lap 21, bringing out the first VSC.

With the track still damp, drivers decided against changing to quicker tires – apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on Lap 33 and thudded into the crash barrier. Soon after, the leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. They did so just before the safety car was deployed again following Tsunoda’s error.

Verstappen overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin right at the end for seventh place.