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Leclerc clinches pole at the return of the Singapore GP after two years, while championship leader Verstappen only manages eighth.

02 Oct 2022 | Local News : Singapore

After a two year hiatus, the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix is finally back. 

The Qualifying session on Saturday proved to be an eventful and interesting affair. Showers throughout the afternoon meant that the track was very damp, which forced every driver to have to start the Qualifying session on intermediate tyres. 

Through Q1, the top teams proved their steady pace, locking out the top six spots. It was the McLaren team that seemed to struggle with pace - Lando Norris finished 15th, while Daniel Ricciardo was eliminated in Q1, managing on 17th place. 

After a two-year hiatus, Formula 1 is finally back in Singapore!
In Q2, as the track began to dry out, some drivers risked slick tyres later in the session. This proved to be a poor gamble - both Aston Martins fell into the bottom five. Geroge Russell also failed to get out of Q2 - faster drivers eventually pushed him to P11. 

With the track steadily drying up, many drivers opted to start on slick tyres in Q3. This proved effective - lap times steadily fell. Leclerc and Hamilton set the early pace, but the Red Bulls continue to show great pace around the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

As the session wound down to the final minute, it appeared that Max Verstappen would have the pace to win pole position, setting multiple purple sectors on his flying lap. Oddly, he appeared to abort in the last sector. He would still have the chance to set a fast lap, managing to cross the line just before the chequared flag. On his final lap, he again appeared to have the pace to set the fastest time, but once again suprised the crowd by aborting and pulling into the pit lane before crossing the start/finish line, possibly because of a lack of fuel. 

As a result, Leclerc holds on to his pole position, with Perez taking second and Hamilton qualifying third. As testament to how close the drivers were, the top three were seperated by just 0.05 seconds. A frustrated championship leader Verstappen finished just eighth. 

With showers once again forecast for tomorrow, the 2022 edition of the Singapore GP looks set to be an exciting affair. Stay tuned for the results tomorrow! 

Pos Driver Team Qualifying Time
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:49.412
2 Sergio Perez Red Bull 1:49.434
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:49.466
4 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:49.583
5 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:49.966
6 Lando Norris McLaren 1:50.584
7 Pierre Gasly Alpha Tauri 1:51.211
8 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:51.395
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:51.573
10 Yuki Tsunoda Alpha Tauri 1:51.983
11 George Russell Mercedes 1:54.012
12 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:54.211
13 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:54.370
14 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:54.380
15 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo 1:55.518
16 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:56.083
17 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:56.226
18 Estaban Ocon Alpine 1:56.337
19 Alexander Albon Williams 1:56.985
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:57.532

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