In a dramatic turn of events at the Singapore Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz of Ferrari lived up to the team’s weekend promise and secured a sensational pole position. Sainz, already on provisional pole, pushed the limits on his final run, narrowly edging out his rival George Russell and his teammate Charles Leclerc to secure the coveted P1 start.
The Thrilling Session:
The qualifying session was nothing short of thrilling, filled with intense moments and surprises. It will be remembered for both the impressive performances and the controversies that unfolded. One major incident that shook the session was the heavy crash of Lance Stroll towards the end of Q1, leading to a red flag.
Amidst the chaos, Carlos Sainz managed to stay out of trouble and consistently set the pace. His rapid final sector in the closing moments of the session proved to be a game-changer. Sainz improved on his provisional pole lap by over two-tenths, posting a blistering time of 1 minute 30.984 seconds, securing his second consecutive P1 start.
The battle for pole position was incredibly tight, with George Russell narrowly missing out on the top spot by a mere 0.072 seconds. It was a bitter pill to swallow for the British driver, who had shown impressive form throughout the weekend.
Ferrari’s Front Row:
Joining Sainz on the front row was his teammate Charles Leclerc, who qualified third fastest. Ferrari’s strong performance in Singapore sent a clear message to their competitors, showcasing the team’s resurgence in Formula 1.
Chasing the Leaders:
Lando Norris, driving for McLaren, secured the fourth spot, followed by Lewis Hamilton in fifth for Mercedes. Kevin Magnussen of Haas surprised many by clinching the sixth position, demonstrating the team’s improved performance.
Other Notable Performances:
Fernando Alonso displayed his prowess by taking the seventh spot for Aston Martin, while Esteban Ocon impressed with an eighth-place finish for Alpine. Nico Hulkenberg, driving for Haas, secured ninth place, and the young talent Liam Lawson of AlphaTauri rounded out the top-10. Lawson’s presence in Q3 marked a significant milestone in his budding F1 career.
Red Bull’s Disappointment:
Surprisingly, Max Verstappen, a frontrunner in the championship, found himself eliminated in Q2, qualifying in 11th place. The Dutch driver expressed his dissatisfaction with his car’s performance. His teammate, Sergio Perez, also faced a disappointing outcome, landing in 13th place.
The crash by Lance Stroll at the end of Q1 disrupted the final laps of several drivers, leaving them unable to improve their positions. Notable among them was Valtteri Bottas of Alfa Romeo in 16th place, and Oscar Piastri of McLaren, who was just behind Stroll when the crash occurred, qualifying in 17th place.
Rookie driver Logan Sargeant, representing Williams, struggled once again to out-qualify his teammate Alex Albon, finishing in 18th place. Zhou Guanyu of Alfa Romeo and Lance Stroll, recovering from his crash, brought up the rear of the field.
The Singapore Grand Prix qualifying session delivered high-stakes drama, unexpected outcomes, and intense competition. Carlos Sainz’s pole position for Ferrari added a new layer of excitement to the race weekend. With the race day approaching, Formula 1 fans can’t wait to see how the drivers will perform on the challenging streets of Singapore. Stay tuned for all the action and updates from this electrifying event.