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

Singapore GP: Charles Leclerc takes pole in thrilling qualifying while Max Verstappen finishes eighth
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Charles Leclerc ousts Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton for pole in thrilling Singapore GP qualifying; Max Verstappen left furious after being told to abort his last flying lap and finished eighth; Watch Sunday’s race live at 13:00 on Sky Sports F1, with set-up from 11:30

Last updated: 01/10/22 15:47

Charles Leclerc takes pole for the Singapore Grand Prix after Max Verstappen aborted his last flying lap and only starts eighth!

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Charles Leclerc takes pole for the Singapore Grand Prix after Max Verstappen aborted his last flying lap and only starts eighth!

Charles Leclerc takes pole for the Singapore Grand Prix after Max Verstappen aborted his last flying lap and only starts eighth!

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

The session built to a dramatic finale as times continued to improve on a drying track, with Perez and Hamilton both staying 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 fight for pole until, bizarrely, Red Bull ordered him to abandon the lap.

The Dutchman delivered an explosive-laden tirade over the radio to his team asking what had happened and after the session received confirmation that with a sequel he would not have had enough fuel on board to give the FIA ​​the required one -litre sample acceptance to provide.

The mishap means it is highly unlikely that Verstappen will be able to capitalize on his first opportunity to win the World Championship in Sunday’s race as the Red Bull driver needs a win and both Leclerc and Perez are well below their starting positions to do so land must happen.

Anthony Davidson is on the SkyPad to analyze Max Verstappen's aborted final run versus Charles Leclerc's pole lap in Singapore.

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Anthony Davidson is on the SkyPad to analyze Max Verstappen’s aborted final run versus Charles Leclerc’s pole lap in Singapore.

Anthony Davidson is on the SkyPad to analyze Max Verstappen’s aborted final run versus 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 crossing the checkered flag ahead of Verstappen.

George Russell suffered a hugely disappointing qualifying session, particularly given the speed of his Mercedes team-mate Hamilton as he finished 11th after failing Q2.

Singapore GP Qualifier: 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, Alpha Tauri
8) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
9) Kevin Magnussen, Haas
10) Yuki Tsunoda, Alpha Tauri

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