Around the tight and technically challenging corners of the Marina Bay Circuit, it was Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc who took the all-important pole position for Sunday’s 2022 Singapore Grand Prix.
In an exhilarating final qualification session, eight of the final 10 drivers on track held the lead at some point but it was Leclerc who strung together a near-flawless lap to charge to the top of the standings.
Championship rival Max Verstappen — who can secure his second successive drivers’ title this weekend — finished down in P8 after aborting his final flying lap on the orders of his team.
And breathe… what a qualifying session that was! 🤩#SingaporeGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/FBlPCQu2qY
His Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez claimed P2 whilst Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton managed his first top-three grid place of the season despite teammate George Russell failing to even make it into Q3.
Carlos Sainz finished P4 in the other Ferrari whilst veteran Fernando Alonso managed to put his Alpine fifth on the grid. Lando Norris, Pierre Gasly, Kevin Magnussen and Yuki Tsunoda rounded out the top 10.
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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen can claim a second successive world championship title at the Singapore Grand Prix despite there still being five races left of the 2022 season after this weekend’s event at the Marina Bay Circuit.
In order to claim the trophy in Singapore, Verstappen must outscore Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by 22 points, teammate Sergio Perez by 13 and Mercedes’ George Russell by six.
But the Dutchman continues to underplay his chances of securing his second world title this weekend. Speaking to the official F1 website, Verstappen described his chances of getting the result he needed as “a bit unrealistic” before adding: “I don’t really think about it. It’s quite a long shot. I just want to enjoy the weekend and, of course, try to win it.”
All eyes on @Max33Verstappen 👀
Here’s how the Dutchman can take the title in Singapore this weekend 👇#SingaporeGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/OUkgjIFw9B
End of Q3: Leclerc takes pole position for the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix!! That was an absolutely breathless qualification session around the Marina Bay Circuit, the best of the year so far.
Championship leader Verstappen only manages to finish P8 with teammate Perez all the way up in P2. Hamilton rounds out the top three, stunning stuff!
Five minutes left of Q3: This is absolute chaos as nearly every single driver has so far topped the charts in Q3. Hamilton leads for now!
START OF Q3: Verstappen is out first on track as the business end of qualifying kicks off here at the Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore.
END OF Q2: It’s a shock for Mercedes as Russell fails to make it into Q3! The British driver misses the cut by just 0.006 seconds, that’s a calamity for the German team.
Eliminated from Q2:
5 minutes left in Q2: It’s Haas pair Schumacher and Magnussen, Russell, Tsunoda and Zhou in the danger zone at present.
10 minutes left of Q2: Leclerc leads the way after the first round of flying laps, though teammate Sainz is six seconds adrift after a few lock ups in the damp conditions.
It’s Q2 time 😎
Still no Sainz of anyone running slick tyres…#SingaporeGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/v7w0GfA0C0
START OF Q2: The action is back underway as Hamilton emerges from the pit lane first.
END OF Q1: It’s Verstappen who claims top spot in Q1 as he leads the session ahead of Hamilton, Leclerc, Perez and Sainz.
McLaren’s Lando Norris just manages to squeeze into Q2, though it’s bad luck for teammate Ricciardo who joins Latifi, Albon and Bottas in the bottom five. There’s also a surprise as Alpine’s Ocon joins those four and is also eliminated from qualification at the first hurdle.
Eliminated from Q1:
5 minutes left of Q1: So it’s Leclerc who leads the way so far from Verstappen as the track continues to get quicker and quicker.
At the wrong end, it’s Albon, Latifi, Ricciardo, Magnussen and Schumacher who currently occupy the bottom five spots and need to pick up the pace!
10 minutes left of Q1: So half of the pack have set lap times so far with Leclerc leading the way for now as the rest trickle out of the pit lane to start their first flying laps including Red Bull duo Verstappen and Perez.
It’s definitely tricky conditions as we currently sit with a track that’s half dry and half damp.
START OF Q1: The Mercedes pair of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton lead us out in the opening session of qualifying, both with a set of intermediate tyres strapped on.
Let’s rock, Singapore!
We’re green for qualifying in Marina Bay 🤘#SingaporeGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/DXxWOdLejI
15 minutes to go: Despite the extreme wet weather in FP3 just a few hours ago, it looks like we’re going to get a full dry qualifying session as the track continues to improve for the drivers.
That’s definitely the conditions that world championship leader Verstappen would have preferred given his form over the past few months.
30 minutes to go: An interesting segment airing on Sky Sports F1 right now looking at who will fill the final three places on the grid for next season.
The general consensus? Pierre Gasly to join Esteban Ocon at Alpine, Nyck De Vries to take his spot at AlphaTauri and Antonio Giovinazzi to return to the sport to join Haas. No spot for Mick Schumacher.
Very, very interesting.
45 minutes to go: Many are backing Ferrari to make a bit of a stand this weekend in Singapore as their car seems to come alive around the tighter F1 circuits. As a result, championship hopeful Leclerc went fastest by over half a second in FP3 just a few hours ago and he’ll be hoping for more of that same pace when qualifying begins in just under an hour.
1 hour to go: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ coverage of qualifying for the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix!
With Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the form of his life of late, it’s going to take something special from the chasing pack to deny the Dutchman yet another race victory this weekend.
The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2022 F1 races in the United States using Sky Sports’ feed, with select races airing on ABC. You can also stream Formula 1 races live in the U.S. with fuboTV, which offers a free trial.
ESPN Deportes serves as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all 2022 F1 races in the U.S.
Sunday’s 2022 Singapore Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. local time. Lights out will likely take place just after 8 a.m. ET. ESPN’s prerace show typically airs in the hour before the start of the race.
Below is the complete TV schedule for the weekend’s F1 events at the Singapore Grand Prix. All times are Eastern.
For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, five major OTT TV streaming options carry the ESPN networks — fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV and DirecTV Stream.
For those who do have a cable or satellite subscription but won’t be in front of a TV, Formula 1 races in 2022 can be streamed live via phones, tablets and other devices on the ESPN app with authentication.
There are 22 scheduled events on the F1 docket for 2022, one race shy of tying the mark for longest F1 calendar.
The season started in Bahrain on March 20 and will end with the customary Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, although a bit earlier than usual, in November. If the schedule stands, this will be the earliest end of the Formula 1 season since it ended on Nov. 4 in 2013.
Returning to the 2022 F1 slate are the Canadian and Japanese Grand Prix, both of which were canceled in 2021 amid fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
The calendar also holds the maiden voyage for the Miami Grand Prix, the first of two races in the United States in 2022, with the customary United States GP taking place in October.
The Russian Grand Prix, originally scheduled for Sept. 25, was canceled because of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Here’s the latest schedule (subject to change):
For fans in Canada, TSN will carry the English-language telecast of races. For those looking for the French-language broadcast, RDS will have you covered.
Races can also be streamed via TSN’s streaming service, TSN Direct.
Viewers in the United Kingdom can catch all F1 action on Sky Sports F1, the dedicated F1 channel. For viewers planning to live stream F1 in 2022, you can purchase a Sky Sports Pass on NOW TV.
Fox Sports will carry all races in Australia, with Channel 10 broadcasting the Australian GP.