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F1 Podcast: Should Perez’s Singapore penalty have been decided during the race?

Sergio Perez took victory in the Singapore Grand Prix, but should his five-second time penalty have been meted out during the race, rather than two hours afterwards?

After two weekends without a race, Formula 1 engines roared again last weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix. With a slippery surface and the tight confines of the Marina Bay Street Circuit catching out the likes of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, victory went to Sergio Perez, who controlled the race from the front after snatching the lead from Charles Leclerc at the start. But Perez's victory was not confirmed until after the race, as stewards deliberated over whether the Mexican had committed a Safety Car-related infringement. Perez was ultimately slapped with just a five-second time penalty, which meant he kept his win, but should stewards have been able to resolve this issue during the race, rather than having a pall of uncertainty hang over the final result? Joining Michael Butterworth to discuss the key issues from the Singapore Grand Prix weekend is Dieter Rencken, Editorial Director of RacingNews365.com . Before the Singapore event, there were rumours earlier in the week that Red Bull and Aston Martin had breached F1's budget cap for 2021, with Mercedes and Ferrari calling on the FIA to throw the book at any offending teams. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner angrily dismissed such allegations, and called on Mercedes and Ferrari to retract their comments, but if Red Bull are found to be in breach of the budget cap, what sort of punishment might they face? With several spots on the 2023 grid still waiting to be filled, what announcements can we expect over the coming weeks? And with F1's 2023 calendar having been released, has the sport succeeded in its aim of grouping more races together by region? All this and more on the RacingNews365.com F1 podcast!

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