F1: Heavy rain delays start of Singapore Grand Prix



SINGAPORE (AP) — The start of the Singapore Grand Prix was delayed by more than an hour to clear water on the Formula 1 track after heavy rain Sunday.

The 8pm (1200GMT) start was delayed and the formation lap was set to start at 9:05pm local time (1305GMT). F1 said it expected to have a full start-up procedure rather than a start behind the safety car.

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc started from pole and runaway championship leader Max Verstappen moved from eighth after a team error in qualifying cost him pole position start. He needs to win the race and lead Leclerc by 22 points to be crowned world champion for the second consecutive season.

Spanish veteran Fernando Alonso entered his record 350th Grand Prix – one more than Kimi Raikkonen. Alonso, 41, won two F1 titles and made his debut in 2001.


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