Sainz On Singapore Grand Prix Pole After Verstappen Out In Q2
Muhammad Rameez Published September 16, 2023 | 10:02 PM
Carlos Sainz took pole position in a Ferrari Saturday for the Singapore Grand Prix after a dramatic qualifying session where world championship leader Max Verstappen and his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez failed to make it into the top-10 shootout
Singapore, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Sep, 2023 ) :Carlos Sainz took pole position in a Ferrari Saturday for the Singapore Grand Prix after a dramatic qualifying session where world championship leader Max Verstappen and his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez failed to make it into the top-10 shootout.
Sainz will start from pole for the second consecutive grand prix after also being fastest at the Italian GP two weeks ago.
"A bit like Monza really, we hit the ground running in FP1. I felt very confident all through the sessions and put it together in Q3," said Sainz, who also topped the time sheets in Saturday's third free practice session.
"I just focused on not doing any mistakes on that lap. Keeping it clean in Singapore normally pays off." Russell will start from the front row for the first time since the Australian Grand Prix at the beginning of April.
"We are on an off-set strategy compared to everybody else, so we have an extra set of medium tyres tomorrow which nobody around us has.
Verstappen has won 12 of the 14 races this season with Perez the only other driver to take the chequered flag.
"Everything was super close, Mercedes were really strong today too," said Leclerc.
"Unfortunately I missed it just a little bit to gain a few positions. Carlos did a great job to get 1-3 for tomorrow.
"We did not expect to be this competitive on a track like this. This is a good sign for the future." Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen were fifth and sixth respectively and will occupy the third row followed by Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon, Nico Hulkenberg and Liam Lawson.
Earlier Q1 was brought to a premature halt by a red flag after Lance Stroll spectacularly crashed his Aston Martin entering the pit straight at the end of a hot lap.
A huge impact into the wall sent his car spinning across the track with wheels and bodywork flying.
Lando Norris was close behind and did well to avoid the wreckage in his McLaren.