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Singapore GP: Charles Leclerc takes pole in thrilling qualifying as Max Verstappen finishes eighth

Charles Leclerc edges out Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton for pole in thrilling Singapore GP qualifying; Max Verstappen left fuming after being told to abort his final flying lap and finishing eighth; Watch Sunday’s race live at 1pm on Sky Sports F1, with build-up from 11.30am

Last Updated: 01/10/22 3:47pm


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Charles Leclerc takes pole for the Singapore Grand Prix after Max Verstappen aborts his final flying lap and will start only eighth!

Charles Leclerc takes pole for the Singapore Grand Prix after Max Verstappen aborts his final flying lap and will start only eighth!

Charles Leclerc edged out Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton for pole in a thrilling Singapore Grand Prix qualifying session, as Max Verstappen was left fuming after finishing eighth.

The session built to a dramatic finale as times continued to improve on a drying track, with Perez and Hamilton both within half a tenth of Leclerc’s time of 1:49.412 for Ferrari.

Verstappen, whose track position made him the last driver to have the opportunity to set a time on the improving surface, appeared on course to challenge for pole until Red Bull bizarrely ordered him to abort the lap.

The Dutchman delivered an expletive-laden rant at his team over radio asking what had happened, with confirmation coming after the session that continuing would have left him with an insufficient amount of fuel on board to provide the required one-litre sample to the FIA for scrutineering.

The mishap means it’s highly unlikely that Verstappen will be able to take his first opportunity to win this season’s world championship in Sunday’s race, with the Red Bull driver needing a victory and for both Leclerc and Perez to finish well below their starting positions for that to happen.

Anthony Davidson is at the SkyPad to analyse Max Verstappen's aborted final run compared to Charles Leclerc's pole lap in Singapore.

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Anthony Davidson is at the SkyPad to analyse Max Verstappen’s aborted final run compared to Charles Leclerc’s pole lap in Singapore.

Anthony Davidson is at the SkyPad to analyse Max Verstappen’s aborted final run compared to Charles Leclerc’s pole lap in Singapore.

Carlos Sainz was fourth for Ferrari, with Alpine’s Fernando Alonso, McLaren’s Lando Norris and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly also ahead of Verstappen at the chequered flag.

George Russell suffered a hugely disappointing qualifying, especially given Mercedes team-mate Hamilton’s speed, as he finished 11th after being knocked out in Q2.

Singapore GP Qualifying: Top 10
1) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
2) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
3) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
4) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
5) Fernando Alonso, Alpine
6) Lando Norris, McLaren
7) Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
8) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
9) Kevin Magnussen, Haas
10) Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri

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