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Carlos Sainz Takes Pole in Wild Singapore Qualifying

Carlos Sainz took pole for the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix in a memorable qualifying session.

Sainz was able to outlast both George Russell and teammate Charles Leclerc, who qualified second and third, respectively. It’s the second straight pole for the Spaniard.

“[It was] a bit like Monza, really,” Sainz said while walking through his session in the podium interviews. “Just hitting the ground running all through the sessions, put it together in Q3. Just focusing, not doing any mistakes in that lap. Keeping it clean around here in Singapore, [that] pays off. It was a bit of a messy session for everyone, but we kept the focus, put in a good lap at the end.”

The biggest surprise of the year so far in qualifying occurred in Q2. Liam Lawson, in just his third F1 start, knocked Max Verstappen out by just seven thousandths of a second.

It’s been a miserable weekend for Red Bull. In addition to neither of their cars making it to Q3 for the first time in five years, they looked miserable throughout the three practice sessions and Verstappen has been very upset with how the car drives over the radio. He’s also facing two investigations for impeding during qualifying that the FIA has not completed as of press time.

Q3

There were no incidents in this round.

Pos.DriverNationConstructorEngine
1.SainzSpainFerrariWorks Team
2.RussellGreat BritianMercedesWorks Team
3.LeclercMonacoFerrariWorks Team
4.Lando NorrisGreat BritianMcLarenMercedes
5.Lewis HamiltonGreat BritianMercedesWorks Team
6.Kevin MagnussenDenmarkHaasFerrari
7.Fernando AlonsoSpainAston Martin AramcoMercedes
8.Esteban OconFranceAlpineRenault
9.Nico HulkenburgGermanyHaasFerrari
10.LawsonNew ZealandAlphaTauriHonda RBPT

Q2

Sergio Perez spun out on his final lap, effectively knocking him out of qualifying. No other incidents occurred in this session.

Pos.DriverNationConstructorEngine
11.VerstappenNetherlandsRed BullHonda RBPT
12.Pierre GaslyFranceAlpineRenault
13.PerezMexicoRed BullHonda RBPT
14.Alex AlbonThailandWilliamsMercedes
15.Yuki TsunodaJapanAlphaTauriHonda RBPT

Q1

There was a massive and dramatic hit during the last hot laps of the session. Lance Stroll jumped the curb and violently smashed the wall coming out of the final turn.

Stroll was able to walk away visibly uninjured, but his Aston Martin was completely destroyed and couldn’t finish its last lap. This also prevented the five eliminated drivers from completing their final laps along with a number of others; Tsunoda set the fastest time in the session as a comparison.

Logan Sargeant will be investigated for potentially impeding Stroll earlier on during this session.

Pos.DriverNationConstructorEngine
16.Valtteri BottasFinlandAlfa RomeoFerrari
17.Oscar PiastriAustralia McLarenMercedes
18.SargeantUnited StatesWilliamsMercedes
19.Zhou GuanyuChinaAlfa RomeoFerrari
20.StrollCanadaAston Martin AramcoMercedes

F1 Singapore Grand Prix Starting Lineup

Lights out for the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix will take place on Sunday (Sept. 17) at 8 a.m. ET, with coverage by Sky Sports and broadcast on ESPN.

About the author

Michael has watched NASCAR for 20 years and regularly covered the sport from 2013-2021. He moved on to Formula 1, IndyCar, and SRX coverage for the site, while still putting a toe in the water from time-to-time back into the NASCAR pool.

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