Carlos Sainz, the Scuderia Ferrari driver, showcased his impeccable skills under the Singaporean night sky, seizing pole position at the Marina Bay circuit. This marks his second pole in a row and his fifth in Formula 1. Having been in fine form from the second free practice session onwards, he made sure Ferrari’s scarlet colours were prominently featured in the Singapore night.


Charles Leclerc, his teammate, will start from third on the grid, narrowly missing out on the second position by a minuscule 0.007 seconds to George Russell. This also marks Scuderia Ferrari’s 246th pole in Formula 1.


From Q1 to Q3:

Throughout the qualifying phases, both Ferrari drivers showcased their prowess. Sainz and Leclerc effortlessly sailed through Q1 and Q2 on Soft tyres. Their SF-23 car provided ample confidence, allowing them to push the envelope. This remarkable performance meant that Scuderia Ferrari entered Q3 with an advantage: two sets of new Softs, while others lacked that luxury.

In his first Q3 run, Sainz clocked an impressive 1’31”170, with Leclerc trailing close behind. However, on their second run, Sainz demonstrated his sheer skill by becoming the only driver to dive below the 1’31” mark, registering a time of 1’30”984. Leclerc wasn’t far behind, refining his time to an impressive 1’31”063 to secure the third spot.

Looking Ahead to Race Day:

While Ferrari enjoys a favourable position on the starting grid, the Marina Bay circuit is known for its unpredictability. With 62 challenging laps nestled between the unforgiving barriers, the race day is bound to be eventful.

George Russell, starting from second, could potentially throw a curveball with a different tyre strategy. As the team deciphers the optimal game plan, one thing remains certain: Scuderia Ferrari will give it their all to maximize their points haul from the Singapore Grand Prix.

Carlos Sainz #55

It feels great to get pole position here on the streets of Singapore! Yesterday we already saw we were competitive and I think we’ve done a good job building up to qualifying. Q3 was super tight but we managed to pull off good clean laps and grab that P1! The race won’t be easy due to the degradation but it is key to stay focused today and prepare well for tomorrow. The team has been working flat out and we deserve a good result. We’ll definitely go for it!

Charles Leclerc #16

We’ve looked quite strong all weekend and it’s positive to see such a good performance today. Usually, we’ve been strong in Singapore, so we know that we shouldn’t get carried away. We’ve learned a few things at the last race and will try to take a step forward using those learnings for the rest of the season.
In Q3, I made a small error in turn 17, so it wasn’t enough for pole, but we have great starting positions as a team and will work on putting some pressure on George (Russel) between us.

Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal

This pole position and our overall qualifying performance is down to the fact that every aspect of this weekend has gone well with all the team, both at the track and back in Maranello, doing a very good job right from free practice. Our drivers have topped every time sheet and tonight, Carlos put it all together to take a brilliant and well-deserved pole position.
As was the case in Monza, qualifying was very closely contested, so that even though Charles was less than a tenth slower than his team-mate, he had to settle for third place. It will be a long race tomorrow and strategy management will be key.We will focus on our race, on tyre management, paying attention to the slightest detail at every point in the race, while being ready to take advantage if any of our competitors slip up. 


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