FIA opens voting for “Action of the Year” award

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The FIA has today opened the voting for its “Action of the Year” award, allowing fans to vote for their favorite moment of the racing year from a shortlist of 11 events.

Although the only nominations come from FIA sanctioned series – that is, F1, WRC, WEC, WTCC, ERC, WRX, F3 and karting – there are still a number of stand-out moments from the racing year that you can vote for.

As per the FIA website, “the FIA Action of the Year award allows motor sport’s legions of fans to choose their defining event of the sporting year.”

The nominations include Daniel Ricciardo’s pass for the lead on Fernando Alonso at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Seb Loeb’s rally-esque drift at Macau, Max Verstappen’s last-gasp overtake at Imola and some titanic battles between Audi, Toyota and Porsche from the World Endurance Championship.

To see videos of all of the nominated Actions of the Year and to cast your vote, click here.

The winning moment will be announced at the FIA’s end of season prizegiving and gala in Doha, Qatar on December 5th.

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.