Event: Singapore Grand Prix
Track: Marina Bay Circuit

Warm-up lap starts at: 20:00 Local | 14:00 CET | 13:00 UK | 05:00 LA | 21:00 Tokio

F1 Starting Grid 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the RB18 on track ahead of the 2022 F1 Grand Prix of Singapore (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc was fastest in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix, with a pole time of 1:49.412 min on the P Zero Red soft. He heads Red Bull’s Sergio Pérez and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on tomorrow’s grid.

The day was characterised by intermittent rain, which means that the teams used both the slicks as well as wet-weather tyres on the Marina Bay circuit. The surface seemed to dry up more quickly during FP3 compared to qualifying two hours later, when the track remained wet for longer, meaning that the teams weren’t able to make a quick switch to slicks.

With both the Cinturato Green intermediate tyres as well as the P Zero Red soft tyres used in Q3, it was possible to evaluate the crossover point during qualifying quite precisely. This seemed to be lower than initial estimates, at around 1:52s. That information could be important for tomorrow’s race, which might also be wet.
The cars took to the track for FP3 half an hour after the start of the session, once the rain was less intense with the track more driveable. During the session, some teams moved quite rapidly from the Cinturato Blue full wets onto the intermediates. Leclerc was again quickest, with a time of 1:57.782 min on the intermediates.

The Pirelli Pole Position Award was presented by celebrity architect Paul Noritaka Tange, who heads up Tange Associates. The firm founded by his father Kenzo Tange has designed famous buildings all over the world, including the Tokyo National Gymnasium for the 1964 Olympic Games, as well as the Olympic Aquatics Centre for the recent 2020 Games in the same city. In Singapore, Tange has been responsible for an impressive array of projects such as the country’s closed stadium as well as the Cathay JadeScape and Lee Kuan Yew Tower. As a result, he is recognised as a key player in the ‘mutual co-operation’ between Japan and Singapore.

F1 Starting Grid 2022 Singapore GP

Pos No Driver Team Lap Time Pole gap
1 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:49,412
2 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:49,434 +0,022s
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:49,466 +0,054s
4 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:49,583 +0,171s
5 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:49,966 +0,554s
6 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:50,584 +1,172s
7 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:51,211 +1,799s
8 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:51,395 +1,983s
9 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:51,573 +2,161s
10 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:51,983 +2,571s
11 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:54,211 +4,799s
12 47 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:54,370 +4,958s
13 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:54,380 +4,968s
14 24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:55,518 +6,106s
15 77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:56,083 +6,671s
16 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:56,226 +6,814s
17 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:56,337 +6,925s
18 23 Alex Albon Williams 1:56,985 +7,573s
19 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:57,532 +8,120s
PL 63 George Russell Mercedes 1:54,012 +4,600s

George Russell, Mercedes car #63: Required to start from the pit lane - Car modified whilst under Parc Fermé conditions and additional power unit elements have been used

F1 Starting Grid 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

What's the best 2022 Singapore F1 Grand Prix strategy

If it stays dry, the best strategy for the Singapore Grand Prix should be a one-stopper. This could involve starting on the P Zero Yellow medium tyres and running them until between laps 22 and 28, before going onto the P Zero White hard until the flag. An alternative would be to run the P Zero Red soft for between 18 and 24 laps after the start, before switching to hard.

There are a number of well-known external factors that often influence strategy in Singapore: every race held at Marina Bay has featured at least one safety car, while today also showed how the weather poses a question mark for tomorrow. There’s still a chance of heavy rain showers, which are much more difficult to predict than at other races in the championship.

F1 Starting Grid 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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One F1 fan comment on “F1 Starting Grid 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

  1. shroppyfly

    Lewis Hamilton has dismissed the ongoing controversy about his wearing a nose stud in his Formula 1 car as "all a bit silly" after the issue blew up again at the Singapore Grand Prix.

    Hamilton's Mercedes team were fined €25,000 (£22,000) after qualifying for a procedural error in incorrectly filing out a scrutineering form saying Hamilton would comply with the regulations not to wear jewellery, only for him to do so.

    Hamilton said when the issue first emerged at the start of the season that he felt singled out by governing body the FIA over the issue, as he is the only driver to wear significant amounts of piercings.

    But he said on Saturday that he was "not trying to make a statement" and explained that he was wearing the stud again on the advice of doctors after suffering medical problems.

    "I've had my jewellery and my nose stud for years and obviously we had that whole commotion at the beginning of the year," Hamilton said.

    "At the time it was, like, soldered in, so it didn't come loose. They gave me, at the time for many races, an exemption so I could find a solution.

    "Then I went to get it taken out and tried to find a solution, putting it in and out. It got infected because of that and I was just continuing on with this infection. I got a blood blister and had quite a sore on my nose. Then I went back [to the doctor]…

    "This is all stuff I told them before qualifying. I went back and had to have the blood blister fixed, because there was pus and blood. I put this back in and in the last two weeks it's started to heal and they've asked that I keep it in.

    "It's crazy that we're having to talk about something so small. I take everything else out. At this point, I don't really care to be honest."

    Hamilton, sounding exasperated by the issue, said he had "tried my best" and pointed out what he saw as an inconsistency in the FIA's strict approach on the matter, which has emerged this season after years of jewellery being tolerated in the car despite it being against the rules for nearly 20 years.

    "One of the best excuses I was given a long time ago was about heat and if you are in a fire metal conducts heat.

    "But our suits are covered, our zip is metal, our buckle around our helmet is metal, we've got the wires with aluminium metal in them.

    "So I don't know. It's all a bit silly. Hopefully they'll be sensible. The stewards should be there to keep us safe most importantly but this is not a safety issue."

    As a Brit , I am so angry with the Dame, he gets an infection and a blood blister, OK so what, Oh i see lets get the team fined £20 K , a very average persons salary in the uk, what he will do stay in the news, unbelievable ., A 14yr girl would whinge less , if she took an earring out and it wept a little, and her Mum would say , it'll heal up quick enough etc etc , hes so full of it, i heard a joke today, where one person says to another, wipe around your mouth a bit will you, the other person asks why? the reply comes as , because there's still some bullshit around your lips....!


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