Racing enigma Carlos Sainz will be launching his Ferrari ahead of George Russell of Mercedes and his own Ferrari colleague Charles Leclerc in the upcoming Sunday race as a result of the one-hour qualifying session divided into three sections on the preceding Saturday. Each section eliminated five cars in the Q1 and Q2 rounds leading up to the climactic top-10 shootout of Q3.
Singapore Grand Prix‘s placement saw Sainz spearheading a swift lead ahead of Russell. Indeed, circumstances turned out to be quite tumultuous at the concluding part of Q1 in Singapore Grand Prix. Yuki Tsunoda from AlphaTauri secured the top position with 1m31.991s, leading by a narrow margin of one-tenth from Sergio Perez’s Red Bull. The game took a dramatic turn with Lance Stroll‘s tremendous crash at the ultimate corner, causing the red flag to flutter and the left-front wheel of his Aston Martin to disintegrate.
The results of Q1 demonstrated Tsunoda at a competitive lead against the speedy Perez.
Q2 saw Carlos Sainz dashing to secure the fastest time at 1m31.439s, approximately three-tenths faster than Russell’s 1m31.743s. Red Bull’s Verstappen could manage only 1m32.173s, getting knocked out by AlphaTauri’s Liam Lawson at the finish line along with a few others including Pierre Gasly from Alpine, Perez who skidded at Turn 3, Alex Albon from Williams, and Tsunoda, who failed to set a time.
Sainz outpaced Russell in Q2 as well, securing top positions.
The climax of Singapore Grand Prix in Q3 brought enthralling movements on the field with Sainz being ahead in the preliminary runs clocking 1m31.170s, a substantial lead over Leclerc. In the concluding laps, Sainz, by clocking 1m30.984s, exhibited improvement and Leclerc fell short of outperforming him by 0.079s. Russell, with 1m31.056s, jumped to second, losing the pole by a whisker – 0.072s. The fourth place will be initiated by McLaren’s Lando Norris, followed by Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Fernando Alonso (Aston), Esteban Ocon (Alpine), Nico Hulkenberg (Haas), and Lawson.
As the results of Q3 show, Sainz firmly held onto his pole position. Yet, the competition remains stiff and anticipating with promising abilities like Russell, Leclerc, Norris, Hamilton, and others looking to put on a formidable show.