Leclerc takes Singapore GP pole position

GP SINGAPORE F1/2022 - VENERDI' 30/09/2022 credit: @Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

The Singapore Grand Prix Qualifying session was one of changing conditions and this meant that the first two sessions, Q1 and Q2, were ran on intermediate rain tires but the real gamble came in Q3 to decide the top 10.

In drying conditions, albeit drying very slowly, the top teams fit soft compounds tires for their final runs. This seemed the logical decision but with the track evolving lap by lap, this meant the teams fueled the cars up to fun for most of the Q3 session. All the cars except Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who had to abort his final run due to not having enough fuel left for FIA inspection post qualifying. This left Max very frustrated:

“It’s just incredibly frustrating and shouldn’t happen,” Verstappen said. “Even when you under-fuel it, or when you don’t plan to do that sixth lap, you track that through the session – that you’re not going to make it.

“We should have seen that way earlier. So, yeah, not happy at all at the moment. I know of course, it’s always a team effort, and I can make mistakes and the team can make mistakes, but it’s never acceptable. Of course, you learn from it, but this is really bad for us – it shouldn’t happen.”

While Charles Leclerc’ Ferrari will lead Red Bull’s Sergio Perez from the front row on Sunday, the surprise was the pace that Mercedes found in the hands of Lewis Hamilton to qualify in 3rd place.

Lewis was setting very competitive laps in Q3 and even had provisional pole for a few laps before Leclerc and Perez jumped him. Despite that, Lewis has some pace and if he can get the tires switched on for Sunday’s race, it could be a very good day for him.

Red Bull left Max a lot of work to do on Sunday as he starts in 8th place and equally, George Russell down in 11th will have a lot of work ahead of him as well. Honorable mentions to Fernando Alonso who dragged his Alpine up to 5th just ahead of Lando Norris and that’s crucial for the constructor’s championship if he can stay ahead of the McLaren driver.

Singapore GP Qualifying Results:

1Charles LeclercFerrari1m54.129s1m52.343s1m49.412s
2Sergio PérezRed Bull1m54.404s1m52.818s1m49.434s
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m53.161s1m52.691s1m49.466s
4Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1m54.559s1m53.219s1m49.583s
5Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1m55.36s1m53.127s1m49.966s
6Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m55.914s1m53.942s1m50.584s
7Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m55.606s1m53.546s1m51.211s
8Max VerstappenRed Bull1m53.057s1m52.723s1m51.395s
9Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1m55.223s1m54.006s1m51.573s
10Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m55.314s1m53.848s1m51.983s
11George RussellMercedes1m54.633s1m54.012s
12Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1m55.629s1m54.211s
13Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1m55.736s1m54.37s
14Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1m55.602s1m54.38s
15Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m55.375s1m55.518s
16Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m56.083s
17Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1m56.226s
18Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m56.337s
19Alex AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1m56.985s
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1m57.532s
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