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    F1 mechanic looks terrified as AlphaTauri catches fire in Singapore GP pitlane.
    AlphaTauri mechanics initially looked shocked but reacted quickly, using fire extinguishers to put out the blaze while Gasly swiftly jumped out of the vehicle.
    19:26, 30 SEP 2022
    BY Mark Whiley

    There was a dramatic interruption to Pierre Gasly’s second practice session at the Marina Bay street circuit but remarkably he was back out on the track in a matter of minutes

    There was a moment of terror during the second practice session at the Singapore Grand Prix as Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri suddenly ignited while stationary in the pit lane.

    The Frenchman had just finished a run and was still sitting in the car as it was being wheeled back into the garage when an area around the airbox, just above the driver’s helmet, burst into flames.

    ‘F1 mechanic looks terrified’;

    Pierre Gasly had ‘barbeque feeling’ in fiery AlphaTauri at Singapore GP.
    Friday 30th September 2022 9:00 PM
    Jamie Woodhouse

    Despite his AlphaTauri doubling up as a barbeque in Singapore practice, Pierre Gasly said it is not something to worry about. There were shocked looks on the face of the AlphaTauri mechanics as a fire broke out on Gasly’s AT03 while they were pushing him back into the garage.

    It was revealed by the team that a connected fuel breather was to blame, this backed up by Gasly as he described the incident to reporters at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. It wasn’t ideal, got slightly hot when we connected the fuel breather, caught fire, but we could switch it off and restart again,” said Gasly.

    “So yeah, just a bit of barbecue feeling, but it was nothing too bad in the end.” Asked if this is a concern going into Saturday, Gasly replied: “No, it’s just a procedure and just in these conditions because it’s so warm, but nothing worrying or concerning for the rest of the weekend.”

    ‘Barbeque Feeling’;

    Singapore GP: Friday's action in pictures
    30/09/2022 at 16:15
    Michael Delaney

    F1 teams completed their first day of running at Marina where Ferrari sole Mercedes thunder in FP2 and where Max Verstappen enjoyed a low-key start.

    Check out our recap in pictures of the day 1 at the Singapore GP, round 17 of the 2022 F1 World Championship.

    ‘Action Pictures’;

    F1 Singapore GP: Are Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes in the fight for pole?
    30 Sep 2022
    Connor McDonagh

    Mercedes enjoyed one of their strongest Friday showings as Lewis Hamilton set the pace for the first time in a practice session in 2022. Are they really in the fight for pole position? It’s crazy to think that FP1 for the F1 Singapore Grand Prix was the first time Lewis Hamilton had topped the timesheets in any practice, qualifying or race session this year.

    Mercedes appear to be in the groove at the Marina Bay Street Circuit despite it being traditionally a tricky one in the hybrid era. While on the surface, second practice didn’t have the eye-catching times of the first session, Hamilton and George Russell’s qualifying simulations were disrupted by traffic and yellow flags.

    Despite Mercedes’ strong start to the weekend, team boss Toto Wolff is remaining cautious, particularly as Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen didn’t manage representative runs on either low or high fuel. “I think Red Bull was in a bit of a mess. I don’t know what they’ve done setup wise or something else,” Wolff said after FP2. “I think yeah, we can be in the fight. Our long run was very competitive versus the Sainz long run, but again we haven’t seen Leclerc or Max.”

    ‘I think yeah, we can be in the fight’;

    Alex Albon ‘coping better than expected’ in Singapore upon return after health scare
    Friday 30th September 2022 10:00 PM
    Jamie Woodhouse

    Alex Albon caught many by surprise when he returned for the Singapore GP, but Friday practice thankfully did not flag up any issues. Albon was ruled out for the remainder of the Italian Grand Prix prior to FP3, the Thai driver suffering with appendicitis.

    Asked by reporters how he was feeling physically, Albon replied “Okay. I’d leave it at okay! We knew it was going to be difficult, but I feel like I’m coping better than I expected. “We’ve had a good amount of long runs. It’s still a quarter of what we’d be doing come race day on Sunday, but I’ve still got a day to rest tomorrow and of course, just it being one race and one block of driving, it should hopefully be not too bad.”

    “It feels okay when I’m in the car, generally speaking. It’s more just the heat! When you get out, you can feel that it’s obviously physical. But I feel like there’s no big issues so I’m feeling pretty good.” As for the performance side, Albon feels there is still more to come from himself in terms of finding the limits in his Williams FW44, though he would see escaping the first part of qualifying as a success.

    ‘Coping better than expected’;

    Daniel Ricciardo insists he’s not being ‘overconfident’ as two 2023 options emerge
    Daniel Ricciardo is searching for a 2023 seat and has been linked to Haas and Williams.
    1 October 2022
    by Nick Golding

    Daniel Ricciardo has returned to his hilarious prankster-self ahead of this weekend’s returning Singapore Grand Prix, after revealing that having some time with his family prior to the race helped him “feel like a kid again”.

    The Aussie who is still searching for a 2023 seat following his incoming McLaren departure, has recently told reporters that he’d “accepted” the prospect of sitting on the side-lines for a season potentially as a reserve driver; however, a recent interview has given the impression that the 33-year-old might know something the world doesn’t.

    Ricciardo is known to have held discussions about a potential move to Haas for next year, but Guenther Steiner informed the media that they wouldn’t pursue the eight-time GP winner until he decides if he wants to race next season.

    ‘Two 2023 options emerge’;

    Singapore Grand Prix chiefs defied F1's ban to bring back gorgeous grid girls.
    Formula One owners Liberty Media controversially banned grid girls from race weekends back in 2018 but they still appeared at the Singapore Grand Prix later that same year.
    20:26, 30 SEP 2022
    BY Ciaran Wiseman

    Singapore Grand Prix chiefs once defied Formula One's ban on grid girls by bringing them back to the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

    Back in 2018, F1 owners Liberty Media banned grid girls at the start of the season as they believed that having them appear at race weekends was not beneficial to the sport's modern image. However, they still appeared in Singapore come September, donning their iconic sarong kebayas as they lined the track ahead of the race.

    A spokesperson for the race's title sponsors, Singapore Airlines, explained at the time, via TNP: "Our cabin crew are brand ambassadors for Singapore Airlines and will continue to play an integral role in the F1 2018 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix."

    ‘Gorgeous Grid Girls’;

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    Leclerc fastest in rain-shortened Singapore Grand Prix final practice.
    Charles Leclerc set the quickest time in a rain-shortened third and final Formula 1 practice at the Singapore Grand Prix.
    01/10/2022, ‎12‎:‎00

    Charles Leclerc set the quickest time in a rain-shortened third and final Formula 1 practice at the Singapore Grand Prix. Torrential rain at Marina Bay led to W Series qualifying being abandoned, with FP3 going green at the scheduled start time of 18:00pm local but the cars were not allowed out due to the conditions.

    The session eventually got underway 30 minutes in, with Pierre Gasly the first to venture out on the full Wet tyres. The field switched to intermediates, with Leclerc and Max Verstappen trading fastest laps throughout the session.

    A 1m:57.782s from the Ferrari driver was enough to claim top spot, with Verstappen's best effort a 1m:58.308s. Carlos Sainz Jr, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez rounded out the top five ahead of qualifying.

    ‘Leclerc fastest’;

    (FP3) Third Practice Results – 2022 Singapore Grand Prix
    01/10/2022, 12:16
    by Emer Hedderman

    Results (Classification):
    1. Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari -1:57.782
    2. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing +0.526
    3. Carlos Sainz Scuderia Ferrari +1.066
    4. Fernando Alonso Alpine +1.647
    5. Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing +1.744
    6. Lance Stroll Aston Martin +2.591
    7. Esteban Ocon Alpine +3.129
    8. Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +3.225
    9. George Russell Mercedes +3.228
    10. Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +3.254

    ‘Singapore Grand Prix – Here are the complete results from a damp final practice ahead of the 2022 F1 World Championship race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit’;

    LIVE COVERAGE: Follow all the action from third practice for the Singapore Grand Prix
    01 October 2022
    Becky Hart [Special Contributor]
    Formula 1.

    Alright, looking ahead then and qualifying gets under way at 21:00 local time, 13:00 UTC.

    Leclerc stuck his Ferrari on pole here in 2019, and knows what it takes to extract a brilliant lap around the Marina Bay circuit. Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton also have poles from this track - Verstappen does not.

    ‘As it happened’;

    Lewis Hamilton blasted by furious Yuki Tsunoda during Singapore Grand Prix practice
    12:08, Sat, Oct 1, 2022
    By Joe Krishnan

    Lewis Hamilton was the subject of an angry radio message from AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda.

    Lewis Hamilton was blasted by Yuki Tsunoda in a furious radio message during the Singapore Grand Prix free practice after angering the AlphaTauri driver. The Japanese was left fuming by the Mercedes star's behaviour on track after the Briton appeared to block him while on a hot lap in the final practice session on Saturday at the Marina Bay street circuit.

    ‘Lewis Hamilton blasted by furious Yuki Tsunoda’;

    Red Bull demand rivals withdraw ‘fictitious, defamatory’ claims they broke cost cap
    2022 Singapore Grand Prix
    Posted on 1st October 2022, 10:26
    Written by Keith Collantine

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has vehemently refuted suggestions his team exceeded Formula 1’s cost cap last year, and said the claims were timed to overshadow Max Verstappen’s likely championship win.

    Reports emerged yesterday claiming the FIA has found two teams were not in compliance with the new financial regulations which were introduced last year, and Red Bull could be one of them.

    Verstappen beat Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton to the 2021 drivers’ championship in a controversial finale last year. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said yesterday that if Red Bull over-spent in 2021, it could give them a development advantage this year and next.

    ‘Red Bull demand rivals withdraw ‘fictitious, defamatory’ claims’;

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    F1 2022 Singapore GP Qualifying Results.
    Charles Leclerc qualified for the F1 2022 Singapore GP on pole position just ahead of Sergio Perez in the Red Bull.
    October 1, 2022
    By John Smith

    Charles Leclerc pulled out a sensational lap at the end of the 2022 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix to take pole position in a thrilling end to the session at Marina Bay, just beating out Sergio Perez in the Red Bull.

    The damp conditions in Singapore meant qualifying initially started on intermediate tyres, but as we moved into Q3 the Marina Bay surface started drying and we had a sensational final few minutes on slick tyres as the track evolved.

    Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and finally Leclerc had their cars in top spot, with the Ferrari man eventually taking pole. Max Verstappen strangely aborted his penultimate flying lap, then on his last, he was ordered into the pits, which resulted in a tirade of abuse towards his Red Bull team.

    ‘Charles Leclerc on pole’

    Qualifying Results – 2022 Singapore Grand Prix
    Marina Bay, Singapore
    01/10/2022, 14:28
    by Emer Hedderman

    1. Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari -1:49.412
    2. Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing +0.022
    3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.054
    4. Carlos Sainz Scuderia Ferrari +0.171
    5. Fernando Alonso Alpine +0.554
    6. Lando Norris McLaren +1.172
    7. Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +1.799
    8. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing +1.983
    9. Kevin Magnussen Haas +2.161
    10. Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +2.571

    ‘Singapore Grand Prix – Here are the complete results from qualifying for this weekend’s 2022 F1 World Championship race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit’;

    LIVE COVERAGE: Follow all the action from qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix
    01 October 2022
    Becky Hart [Special Contributor]
    Formula 1.

    First and foremost - the weather. If you weren't around for FP3, final practice was run in wet conditions on a mixture of the full wet and intermediate tyres. No signs of any slicks, no sign of a fully dry racing line.

    While the radars showed the heaviest rain had passed and the session did dry up, there is still a chance of more rain today and even a possibility of a wet race tomorrow.

    All of which has played havoc with the teams' chosen programmes and data gathering and leaves far more questions than answers heading into qualifying. It's dry as it stands - but will it stay that way?

    ‘As it happened’;

    Esteban Ocon's Alpine was 'pulling to the right' during Singapore GP qualifying
    01 Oct 2022
    Formula 1.

    Esteban Ocon reveals that Alpine "had some issues with the brakes on the last lap and the car pulling to the right" during qualifying for the 2022 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

    ‘Pulling to the right';

    Hamilton called to F1 stewards for potential jewelry breach

    Published: 14:14, 1 October 2022
    By Associated Press

    SINGAPORE (AP) - Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton was summoned to appear before the stewards for a potential jewelry breach ahead of qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday.

    ‘Potential jewelry breach’;

    Formula 1: Charles Leclerc facing elimination in Singapore
    01/10/2022, 15:03
    by Asher Fair
    Beyond the Flag (Weblog)

    Charles Leclerc can be mathematically eliminated from winning the 2022 Formula 1 world championship in the Singapore Grand Prix. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc may still be sitting in second place in the Formula 1 driver standings, which is where he has been for much of the time since losing the lead with his Spanish Grand Prix retirement back in May, but he could be eliminated with five races remaining on the 22-race 2022 schedule.

    Leclerc is one of five drivers still in championship contention following the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, and he is one of four who could be eliminated in the season’s next race, the Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit this Sunday, October 2.

    Following his runner-up finish in the 53-lap race around the 11-turn, 3.6-mile (5.794-kilometer) road course in Monza, Italy, Leclerc trails points leader Max Verstappen of Red Bull by 116 points.

    ‘Charles Leclerc facing elimination in Singapore;

    Formula 1: Sergio Perez facing elimination in Singapore
    01/10/2022, 15:03
    by Asher Fair
    Beyond the Flag (Weblog)

    Sergio Perez can be mathematically eliminated from winning the 2022 Formula 1 world championship in the Singapore Grand Prix.

    Following the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, there are five drivers who still mathematically have a chance to win the 2022 Formula 1 world championship, and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who sits in third place in the driver standings through 16 of 22 races on the schedule, is one of them.

    But after a sixth place finish in this 53-lap race around the 11-turn, 3.6-mile (5.794-kilometer) road course in Monza, Italy, Perez sits 125 points behind points leader and teammate Max Verstappen. As a result, Perez could be eliminated as early as the next race on the schedule, which is the Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit this Sunday, October 2.

    ‘Sergio Perez facing elimination in Singapore’;

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    Verstappen fumes over Red Bull’s “really bad” fuel error which cost him shot at pole.
    Max Verstappen says the fuel miscalculation by his Red Bull team that forced him to abandon an almost certain pole lap is “never acceptable”.
    2022 Singapore Grand Prix
    Posted on 1st October 2022, 16:11
    Written by Will Wood

    The world championship leader – who has a slim chance of clinching his second world title tomorrow – will start from eighth on the grid for tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix. He looked on course to clinch pole position on his final lap of qualifying as he was almost a second faster than eventual pole winner Charles Leclerc through two sectors before his team told him to abandon his lap.

    Verstappen was furious on the radio after being called into the pits, demanding an explanation for why he had to abandon his lap. He had also backed off from his penultimate lap in the final sector under instruction from his team. This was done in order to give himself more space on the track to Pierre Gasly ahead of him, and allow Verstappen to complete a final flying lap when the track conditions were at their best.

    Asked by Sky whether he believed he would have been on pole position had he not abandoned his final lap, Verstappen said he “already felt [that] the lap before as well. Then they told me to abort,” Verstappen explained, “so I was like ‘okay, we’ll do that’. But then on the final lap they told me to box and then I realised what was going to happen – we ran out of fuel.”

    ‘Verstappen fumes fuel error’;

    Horner explains Red Bull miscalculation and why Verstappen aborted final qualifying lap at Singapore GP
    Max Verstappen was odds on to take 2022 Singapore GP pole position, but was ordered into the pits at the end of his final flying lap in Qualifying
    October 1, 2022
    By John Smith

    A furious Max Verstappen had to abort his final run in qualifying for the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix, with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner explaining it was due to a fuel sample needing to be taken after the session. Verstappen was 0.9s up on Charles Leclerc’s eventual pole position time, but was ordered into the pits by Red Bull, as he would now have had one litre of fuel remain if he had completing his final run. “I think it was a miscalculation on our side,” Horner told Viaplay.

    “I think we fuel the car for five laps and because the track was ramping up so quick we got an extra lap so he [Verstappen] was perfectly placed. “But obviously it’s critical to give the fuel sample, so the hardest call in the world when you’re two and a half seconds up on his lap time. I think we just made it harder for ourselves by qualifying in P8.

    “Obviously if you don’t give the [fuel] sample you’re starting from the pit lane. So frustrating but great pace in the car and phenomenal performance by Checo [Perez]. Just to miss out by two hundreds was really tight for him.” If Verstappen was unable to provide the FIA with the required sample of fuel after qualifying, he could have had to start the race from the back of the grid due to disqualification from the session.

    ‘Disqualification would have resulted, if Verstappen had been unable to provide the FIA with the required sample of fuel’;

    Sergio Pérez 'will try everything I possibly can' to win Singapore GP
    01 Oct 2022
    Formula 1.

    Sergio Pérez "will try everything I possibly can" to win the 2022 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, with the Red Bull driver set to start Sunday's race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit from P2 on the grid.

    'Will try everything I possibly can';

    Leclerc relieved to take pole after late switch to slicks and error on final lap
    2022 Singapore Grand Prix
    Posted on 1st October 2022, 15:451st October 2022, 15:46
    Written by Keith Collantine

    Charles Leclerc said he was very happy to take pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix after a series of problems during the first two days. The Ferrari driver endured a disrupted day of running yesterday. The qualifying session was complicated by rain which left the track surface wet and it was slow to dry.

    After completing the first two phases of qualifying on intermediates, Leclerc was set to continue using them in the final phase, but decided at the last moment to join Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jnr in running slicks. “It’s been a very tricky qualifying,” said Leclerc. “Q1, Q2 with the inters then in Q3 we didn’t really know what to do. We went with the soft at the very last minute and it paid off.”

    Leclerc thought he had ruined his final qualifying effort after making a mistake at turn 16. “It was really tricky,” he said. “I did a mistake in the last lap so I thought we wouldn’t get pole but it was just enough so I’m really, really happy.” He was especially pleased with the result after a series of problems with his car limited his running on the first day.

    ‘Relieved to take pole’;

    Leclerc: Ferrari have to do 'perfect execution' to win Singapore GP
    01/10/2022, ‎15‎:‎23
    Author Rory Mitchell

    Ferrari driver took pole by 0.022s from Sergio Perez, after a dramatic end to qualifying in changing conditions at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Charles Leclerc believes Ferrari will have to do a "perfect execution" to win the Singapore Grand Prix.

    The Ferrari driver was happy with his effort that took pole by 0.022s from Red Bull's Sergio Perez, describing the session as 'tricky' and having gambled on the Soft slick tyres at the last minute.

    "It's been a very, very tricky qualifying: Q1 and Q2 with the Intermediates, then hitting Q3 we don't really know what to do," Leclerc told media. We went for the soft at the very last minute and it paid off. I did a mistake in my last lap, so I thought we wouldn't get pole, but it was just enough."

    ‘Ferrari have to do 'perfect execution' to win’;

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    Sky Sports reporter Ted Kravitz kicked out of interview area at Singapore Grand Prix.
    The controversy and drama continued at the Singapore Grand Prix after qualifying as shocked Sky Sports F1 reporter Ted Kravitz was asked to leave an interview area during a live broadcast
    19:00, 1 OCT 2022
    BY Mark Whiley

    With the camera fixed on Leclerc, Kravitz spluttered “what, hello” before asking the official “are you chucking us out?” The camera turns and the official, wearing an F1 branded uniform, cheerily replies “I am” while a shocked Kravitz reluctantly leaves the area. Incredulous, he can’t resist looking back and asking for an explanation.

    “Aren’t we normally in here?,” he asks. “No? Has the rule changed?” He receives an inaudible response before adding “oh right, sorry everyone” before continuing with the programme. He then asks his cameraman “don’t we normally do that in the [media] pen? Maybe there’s been a misunderstanding.”

    Kravitz did at least have plenty of F1 issues to take his mind off his unexpected ejection, including the Red Bull fuel error which led to Max Verstappen abandoning his final Q3 lap as he looked set to take pole position from Leclerc. There was also the budget cap saga which is engulfing the same team to get his teeth into.

    ‘Kravitz reluctantly leaves the area’;

    Ted explains WHY Max had to box on his final lap! �� | Ted's Quali Notebook | Singapore
    Oct 1, 2022

    ManCave Hobbies
    lol poor TED getting kicked out from the boys club lol

    Deao Satori
    Probably the politest "chucking out" ever, from both parties.

    Mr Cheetah
    hahaha, kicked

    David 777
    Ted isn’t an official pen interviewer so she chucked him out

    Coded Fotography
    ted's humour is so funny

    The Thrawn Scotsman
    Why are people complaining about the lass at 02:40? It looked like they know each other and she was just messing about. They probably see each other in the press office. Ted should get her on next time and have a chat with her.

    Knight Lautrec
    Why did they get kicked out? How odd.

    James Bond
    Chucking ted out ,f1 is bucked ???

    Fast_Car 1000
    I hope sky sports bosses read this and speak with this lady boss cause that was bloody rude, Ted brings the best news and coverage for fans. Absolutely disgusted at the way Ted was treated and talked too, F1 should ashamed of themselves and embarrassed, not Ted because I bet he feels it.

    Harley B
    That women dared to interrupt Teds GOATbook.. I'm shocked...

    Singapore GP: Post Qualifying press conference
    Parc Ferme Interviews - Conducted by Naomi Schiff

    Q: Congratulations, Charles, incredible lap there in front of this incredible crowd here in Singapore. For everyone here and for everyone at home, take us through that lap.
    Charles Leclerc: I didn't hear the end. But yeah, definitely an amazing crowd. And it's great to see so many people attending the event. It's been a very, very tricky qualifying - Q1, Q2 with the inters, then in Q3, we didn't really know what to do. We went for the soft at the very last minute. And it paid off. I mean, it was really, really tricky. I did a mistake on my last lap, so I thought we wouldn't get pole, but it was just an off. So really, really happy.

    Q: Thank you very much. Congratulations. Checo, your first front-row start here in Singapore. What are you looking forward to the most tomorrow?
    Sergio Perez: To that start. I think there's a good opportunity tomorrow already from the start to attack Charles and go for the win. It's quite disappointing to miss out on pole by two hundredths. But at the end of the day this is a great team result. My team did a fantastic job - the right calls out there and yeah, pretty happy and a solid job.

    Q: Congratulations, Lewis, you kept us on your toes in that session. There was a moment when we thought you might have pole position, but it wasn't to be today. Talk us through what this track is like for you and how special it is.
    Lewis Hamilton: Well, firstly, hi everyone in Singapore. I was pushing so hard, it was so, so close. I was trying so hard. These guys are always so quick. But I really thought maybe just with a perfect lap, it was really hard to get that, we could be fighting for first place. But I just didn't have the grip on the last lap. But nonetheless, I'm grateful to be on a second row and I'm grateful to the team for continuing to push and you know, we just keep our heads down and hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.

    ‘Post Qualifying press conference’;

    Charles Leclerc happy with tyre gamble after ‘we didn’t really know what to do’
    Saturday 1st October 2022 7:45 PM
    Henry Valantine

    Charles Leclerc took a “special” pole position in Singapore after switching to dry tyres in Q3 – but admitted there had been indecision at Ferrari in doing so. Intermediate tyres were used throughout the field in both Q1 and Q2, with only three drivers attempting laps on dry rubber in the second part of qualifying, although it proved to be the wrong decision at that moment.

    Leclerc had called on Ferrari to ask for soft tyres in Q2 – the first driver to ask to do so – but they eventually opted to stay on inters, which got them through to Q3. The intermediates stayed on Leclerc’s F1-75 as Q3 started, but he opted to go onto slicks as the track gradually dried – with each of the top 10 drivers eventually able to set times in drier conditions.

    The Ferrari driver managed to pip Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton to pole position with only 0.054s separating all three drivers. World Championship leader Max Verstappen had been on for what appeared to be a near-certain pole lap, but was forced to abort it due to concerns about the lack of fuel in his Red Bull.

    ‘We didn’t really know what to do’

    Perez: Chance to attack Charles and go for the win
    2 October, 2022
    Paul Velasco

    Sergio Perez will start the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix from the front row where he intends to attack pole winner Charles Leclerc, the Red Bull driver sniffing a chance of fourth Formula 1 victory for his CV. With teammate Max Verstappen victim of bad ‘fuel maths’ and only good for eighth, Perez will be looked on to fly the flag for Red Bull, harass Leclerc and go for victory while his teammate finds his way to the sharp end, as he tends to do.

    A mere 0.22s was the difference between Perez and Leclerc’s top times in qualifying at Marina Bay Circuit, which clearly inspired the Red Bull man: “It is a chance from the start to attack Charles and go for the win. “I was quite disappointed to miss out on pole by two hundredths but it is a great team result and they did a fantastic job with the right calls out there so very happy. It was so tricky to learn the conditions. It could be wet again so it will be crucial not to make any mistake, that will be critical for us,” explained Perez.

    Later in the team report, he added: “I think we have done a solid job today, the Team made great calls and we managed to get an excellent result in the end after our worst Friday of the season yesterday; we didn’t have any mileage and we had issues with set-up too, so we didn’t have a read on things, but we went back over things and have come out strong. “I will try everything I possibly can to win, I think the start will be very important so I will try everything but if that doesn’t work, I have 61 laps more, then it is a long race ahead, let’s see what happens,” concluded Perez.

    ‘A chance from the start to attack Charles and go for the win’;

    ‘We should have finished the penultimate lap’: How Verstappen’s Q3 went wrong

    2022 Singapore Grand Prix
    Posted on 1st October 2022, 20:542nd October 2022, 1:00
    Written by Keith Collantine

    Max Verstappen looked on course to claim a vital pole position in Singapore when he sensationally aborted his final lap. That left him only eighth on the grid in a car which was clearly quick enough for pole position. But as team principal Christian Horner explained later, the team faced a choice between that or starting from the pit lane.

    As the final seconds of qualifying on the damp-but-drying Marina Bay circuit ticked down, the realisation had dawned on the Red Bull pit wall that they hadn’t put enough fuel in Verstappen’s car. He likely had sufficient fuel to make it to the finishing line, but not enough to make it back to the pits and provide the required one-litre sample.

    Crossing the line and running dry on track isn’t an option, as the rules state “if a car has not been driven back to the pits under its own power, it will be required to supply the […] sample plus the amount of fuel that would have been consumed to drive back to the pits.”

    ‘We should have finished the penultimate lap’;

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    Perez wins Singapore GP after rain delayed race.
    October 2, 2022
    By Matt Neill

    Sergio Perez navigated a series of safety cars and treacherous conditions to take his first victory at the Singapore GP for Red Bull following a delayed start due to torrential rain. The forecast had suggested that the race would be affected by rain, and that turned out to be the case as the start was delayed by one hour to allow the track time to dry out, with all drivers eventually getting going on intermediate tyres.

    Perez, starting from second on the grid behind the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, had the better launch once the lights went out and managed to take the lead immediately, eventually stretching his advantage to nearly 2 seconds by the end of Lap 7. A series of incidents throughout the race brought out the safety car, neutralising Perez’s lead at the front, but each time the Mexican was able to fend off the chasing Leclerc to maintain his lead and cross the chequered flag around 4 seconds clear.

    Leclerc threw everything at the Red Bull as he chased him down following a late safety car caused by the retirement of Yuki Tsunoda, but was ultimately unable to get the move done. There were questions around whether Perez maintained the mandatory 10-car distance to the safety car ahead of the various restarts, with the matter referred to the stewards for judgement once the race finished, and Perez could yet face a time penalty.

    ‘Sergio Perez wins Singapore GP’;

    Race Results – 2022 Singapore Grand Prix
    Marina Bay, Singapore
    02/10/2022, 16:17
    by Emer Hedderman

    Results (Classification):
    1. Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing -60 laps
    2. Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari +7.595
    3. Carlos Sainz Scuderia Ferrari +15.305
    4. Lando Norris McLaren +26.133
    5. Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +58.282
    6. Lance Stroll Aston Martin +61.330
    7. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing +63.825
    8. Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +65.032
    9. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +66.515
    10. Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +74.576

    ‘Singapore Grand Prix – Here are the complete results from today’s 2022 F1 World Championship race around the Marina Bay Street Circuit’;

    LIVE COVERAGE: Follow all the action from the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix
    02 October 2022
    Becky Hart [Special Contributor]
    Formula 1.

    Well, where even to begin to start with that one?

    ‘As it happened’;

    Singapore GP: Sergio Perez takes victory in eventful wet/dry race
    02 October 2022
    Ben Issatt
    Formula 1

    Sergio Perez led every lap to claim an impressive victory at the rain-hit Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday. The Mexican took the lead at the start and didn't look back to cross the finish line 7.5s clear of Charles Leclerc, though does face an investigation for a Safety Car infringement.

    A heavy rainstorm caused a one-hour delay to the start but conditions had dried enough for all drivers to choose intermediate tyres. When the lights went out, a good start allowed Perez to take the lead from second into Turn 1.

    But unable to attempt a move, the race evolved into the Monegasque trying to stay within five seconds of the Mexican, who was put under investigation for a potential Safety Car infringement. Ahead, Perez was able to stretch ahead of Leclerc in the closing laps, taking the chequered flag 7.5s clear of the Ferrari to take the win provisionally.

    ‘Sergio Perez takes victory’;

    Why Singapore Grand Prix ended early after dramatic race included five Safety Cars
    Sergio Perez won a dramatic Singapore Grand Prix which didn't complete the full 61 scheduled laps.
    16:35, Sun, Oct 2, 2022
    By Stuart Ballard

    For the second time this season, an F1 race failed to complete the full scheduled laps in what proved to be an eventful evening at the Singapore Grand Prix. Torrential rain an hour before the scheduled start of the race saw the Singapore Grand Prix delayed until 2:05pm BST.

    Once the race got underway, there was just two hours for the Grand Prix to be completed. The Singapore Grand Prix is usually seen as one of the longest races in the F1 calendar and every race in it's short history had included at least one Safety Car. It soon became clear that the Singapore Grand Prix wouldn't be able to finish the allotted 61 laps. Instead, there was a timer in the virtual leaderboard on the side of the screen counting down to the end of the race.

    That timer was due to sporting regulations which prevent races from running over two hours long. At that point, Perez had 26 minutes to hold off a fast-charging Leclerc in the closing stages with DRS also now enabled.

    ‘Sporting Regulations’;

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    Perez handed 5-second post-race penalty for Safety Car infringement – but holds onto Singapore Grand Prix win
    02 October 2022
    Formula 1.

    Sergio Perez’s elation after crossing the line in P1 at the end of a tough Singapore Grand Prix was kept in check by a post-race investigation hanging over him for an alleged Safety Car infringement – with Perez ultimately handed a five-second penalty that meant he held onto his fourth career victory.

    Perez was actually investigated for two occurrences of failing to keep within 10 car lengths of the Safety Car during a pair of caution periods. However, the Mexican driver was handed a reprimand for the first of these, which occurred on Lap 10 after Zhou Guanyu and Nicholas Latifi made contact – Perez claiming that his brakes and tyres hadn’t been warm enough in the damp conditions to keep pace with the Safety Car.

    ‘Sergio Perez holds onto Singapore Grand Prix win’;

    Stewards ‘took their time over a non-issue’ with Perez penalty decision – Horner
    2022 Singapore Grand Prix
    Posted on 2nd October 2022, 19:34
    Written by Keith Collantine

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner criticised the length of time taken by the stewards to confirm Sergio Perez as the winner of the Singapore Grand Prix. The stewards announced before the race was over they would rule on an investigation into Perez’s driving after the chequered flag. Red Bull duly warned him he could face a penalty, and Perez pulled out a seven-and-a-half second margin over second-placed Charles Leclerc at the flag, to reduce the impact of any penalty.

    However Horner doesn’t believe the Perez’s infringement was serious enough to deserve a penalty. “The Safety Car could have been a real stumbling block but how many times have we had to deal with a Safety Car lap and how many precedents are there?” he said. “For us, this time, it really was a non-issue. The stewards took their time with it, but they reached the right decision. It would have been a incredible shame to have taken that victory away from Checo.”

    Horner praised Perez’s performance on his way to his second victory this year. “It was a massive result for him and we are super-proud of him,” he said. “That was world class from Checo,” he added, “it is right up there as one of his best drives. He was always fighting and even though he had a lot thrown his way he managed to stay on top.”

    ‘Took their time over a non-issue’;

    Sergio Pérez 'knew I was going through a bad patch' before Singapore GP victory
    02 Oct 2022
    Formula 1.

    Red Bull's Sergio Pérez is "super happy" with victory in the 2022 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, especially because he was "going through a bad patch" in recent races.

    ‘Going through a bad patch' before Singapore GP victory’;

    Sergio Perez responds to media doubters after Singapore GP victory
    Sunday 2nd October 2022 7:45 PM
    Henry Valantine

    Sergio Perez was pleased to silence any doubters against him in the media after taking victory in the Singapore Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver’s fourth career F1 victory came with a consummate drive that saw him lead from lights out to chequered flag around Marina Bay, overtaking pole-sitter Charles Leclerc before Turn 1 and not looking back from there.

    He held the Ferrari driver at arm’s length for most of the race and with an inquiry hanging over him for multiple Safety Car infringements, opened up a seven-second gap to Leclerc before the end of the race. It was a gap he needed too, with a lengthy investigation by the stewards resulting in a reprimand and a five-second penalty for the 32-year-old after dropping too far behind the Safety Car on multiple occasions – but he was able to keep his victory as a result.

    “It means a lot to me,” Perez said to after the race. “Every win is special but I’m the type of guy that is always working under the radar and not making big noises out there. I knew I was going through a bit of a bad patch. There’s been two races I haven’t been on the podium, but obviously the media makes a big thing, probably because I’m Mexican, and they start to make all these comparisons, [like] the biggest mistake Red Bull has made to bring me here. So I’m super-happy to get this victory under my belt, and with such a strong performance out there today.”

    ‘Media makes a big thing, probably because I’m Mexican’;

    Singapore Grand Prix: Sergio Perez hails 'best performance' after overtaking and holding off Charles Leclerc
    Last Updated: 02/10/22 7:17pm

    Sergio Perez won the fourth Grand Prix of his career in Singapore, surviving a post-race stewards' investigation; F1 returns next weekend with the Japanese Grand Prix and all sessions are live on Sky Sports F1 including the race at 6am on Sunday October 9

    Sergio Perez celebrated "the best drive of his career" as he dominated a gruelling Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.

    Perez is one of only two men who can still mathematically deny Max Verstappen this season's drivers' championship and overtook the other - Ferrari's Charles Leclerc - on the opening lap before controlling the rest of the race to secure his fourth career victory.

    ‘Sergio Perez hails 'best performance' after overtaking and holding off Charles Leclerc’;

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    F1 Singapore Grand Prix: What we learned from Sergio Perez’s street circuit supremacy to useless wet tyres.
    Sergio Perez took a thoroughly impressive victory in difficult conditions at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday to secure the fourth win of his career and delay team-mate Max Verstappen‘s inevitable coronation as a two-time Formula One world champion.
    October 3, 2022 7:01 am
    By Daniel Austin
    Sports writer

    The Mexican took the lead from Charles Leclerc off the start line and led all the way to the end from there in a race which was delayed by a torrential downpour, with drivers spending the majority of the gruelling two-hour grand prix on intermediate tyres before switching to slicks in the final stages. Try as he might, Leclerc could not overtake Perez and ultimately dropped back from the Red Bull’s gearbox.

    ‘Thoroughly impressive victory in difficult conditions’;

    Perez feels ‘rough patch’ exaggerated but he must build on win
    Oct 3 2022
    By Scott Mitchell-Malm

    Singapore Grand Prix winner Sergio Perez thinks Formula 1 media made his “rough patch” in recent races into a “lot bigger” problem than it really was and even suggested that could relate to his nationality. Perez started the 2022 season strongly but has struggled as the RB18’s development has increased its rear instability, which has led to fluctuating form but a consistent deficit to Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen.

    “This win is really special for me, because I’ve had a bit of a rough patch in the last few races,” said Perez. “The media in Formula 1 makes it a lot bigger, maybe because I’m just Mexican. And if I’m not two races in a row in the podium, then I’m having the worst season ever and Red Bull should drop me and all that sort of stuff that you get to see. It’s just nice to get that win. It’s not a reminder to anyone of how good I am. But it’s just always good to be able to put together this sort of performance.”

    ‘Must build on win’;

    Conclusions from a rollercoaster of a Singapore Grand Prix
    Monday 3rd October 2022 6:00 AM
    Oliver Harden

    The real Sergio Perez finally stands up. After celebrating his Red Bull contract extension with victory in Monaco back in May, Perez has spent the last few months on the missing list. Another street circuit made up of slow corners and traction zones, Singapore was the perfect place for Perez to finally wake from his mid-season slumber even before the heavens opened and put an even greater value on his feather-light touch of the throttle. That skill won him the lead at the start and – in sweltering conditions on a track treacherously wet in places yet close to dry in others, negotiating multiple Safety Car interruptions and managing an engine driveability issue – was his greatest strength in keeping Leclerc far enough behind.

    A weekend to learn from, not forget, for Verstappen. When a competitor starts to relax or sees no further room for improvement, they put themselves on the path towards failure. Go easy, then, on Verstappen for his harsh – some might argue misguided – reaction to Red Bull’s fuel misjudgement at the end of qualifying in Singapore. As he berated his own team both over the radio in the media pen – describing the mistake as “never acceptable” and repeating that it simply “shouldn’t happen” – there was a temptation to grab Max by the shoulder and remind him of his lead in the Championship.

    Hamilton’s 2022 frustrations are increasingly evident on track. Hamilton keeps smiling through the pain and keeps saying all the right things as he nears the end of the most difficult season of his F1 career. He sees 2022 not as a disaster from start to finish, but a valuable lesson for both him and Mercedes. He’s really proud of the progress the team has made, he tells us, and he’s certain they will get there in the end. But since F1’s summer break, have the frustrations of this season – or, possibly, his desperation to force a breakthrough result with the temperamental W13 – started to manifest themselves on track?

    ‘Rollercoaster of a Singapore Grand Prix’;

    Singapore Grand Prix: Top Three Press Conference
    2 October, 2022
    Track Interviews conducted by Paul Di Resta.

    Q: Carlos, obviously on the podium today, third, looked a pretty tough race. How was it for you?
    Carlos Sainz: Yeah, very tough out there and never really got into a rhythm in the wet and then, yeah, couldn’t challenge the top two guys because I was always struggling a bit more with the rear, with the car. So, in the end, in these conditions, when you don’t have that extra bit of confidence I had to settle a bit for P3. The good thing is I didn’t’ do any mistakes, I could bring the car home and I could be quick towards the end of the race when I managed to build a bit of confidence – but yeah, good result for the team for the Constructors’ Championship. A shame that we couldn’t get the win.

    Press Conference
    Q: Checo, what a race, you’ve just led every lap of the Singapore Grand Prix. How good does that feel?
    SP: It felt great. It was such a good start, first of all, which really, was great, you know, to really do the first… I basically felt that I had the race on the first section, on the Inters, under control. I could really do what Charles was doing, and open-up the gap. If was important to make sure we had good tyre life. I honestly was expecting the track to dry-up earlier than it did. I think if George wasn’t out there, there will be a lot more people going earlier. But at the same time, I mean, it was such a tricky race. I think the keys to the race today was to control the pace on the Inter, have good pace when we need it, and the second one was to survive on the slicks in the beginning, because we were with extremely poor conditions. I think sometimes people, when they’re looking at you, underestimate how hard it is, and how easy it is for us to make a mistake. We basically were going to few places where it was properly damp, properly wet and it was super, super tricky, to make a mistake. I had a lot of moments, so first of all, I’m really happy I finished the race. But secondly, to win this race. It’s super special.

    Press Conference
    Q: Charles, brilliant job by you as well, though I’m sure you’re feeling a little frustrated. Does this feel like 2019 all over again?
    CL: No, no, every race has a different feeling. But the frustration is there, obviously. I mean, the pace was really good today. Unfortunately, we had a bad start and from that moment onwards we were a little bit on the backfoot. I tried to put quite a lot of pressure on Checo. But yeah, you overheat the tyres pretty quickly, and then you drop a little bit. So it was very difficult to stay always on the gearbox of Checo. But the performance was there. I also think that the choices we’ve made today were the right ones. And as I’ve said before this weekend, no, I want to use these last few races for us to get better on the execution of the race, especially, and I feel like it’s a step forward this weekend. We need to do other steps forward. But it’s a good step in the right direction. And on that I’m happy. But of course frustrated with the second place today.

    ‘FIA hosted top three press conference after the Singapore Grand Prix;

    20:16 Sun, 02 Oct 2022.
    By Josh Suttill and Matt Beer
    The Race

    SERGIO PEREZ: Each of Sergio Perez’s three previous F1 wins have had some element of Perez triumphing through the chaos and ending up as the surprise victor each time.
    MCLAREN: If McLaren manages to finish fourth in the 2022 F1 constructors’ championship despite rarely having the fourth-fastest car and effectively being a one-driver team for much of the year given the performance gulf between Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, it’ll be a remarkable result.
    ASTON MARTIN: Aston Martin’s 2022 season has lacked a big points haul and Singapore finally delivered one.

    MAX VERSTAPPEN: “Incredibly messy” was a great way for Verstappen to summarise how the first weekend when he could’ve clinched the 2022 title turned out.
    FERRARI: This isn’t a race that Leclerc or Ferrari threw away. In the rare instance where 2022 dominator Verstappen had an off day, Ferrari and Leclerc will feel like losers.
    ALPINE: Another chance for Alonso to add to (and repeatedly refer to!) his rolling tally of how many points he’s lost to reliability problems on his side of the Alpine garage this year.
    HAAS: This was a big missed opportunity for a Haas team that was leapfrogged by Aston and had its one-point advantage over AlphaTauri eliminated in the constructors’ championship.
    MERCEDES: Mercedes had identified Singapore as potentially one of its strongest races of the second half of the season…
    ALPHATAURI: Pierre Gasly was furious with his AlphaTauri after a race where he dropped from a potential fifth (or at least seventh) to the final points-paying position.


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    Charles Leclerc’s fitness questioned after he admits he ‘degraded’ during Singapore GP.
    Having been on the Red Bull’s gearbox for most of the race, Charles Leclerc fell 7.5 seconds behind race-winner Sergio Perez, who was subsequently hit with a five-second penalty.
    09:40, 3 OCT 2022
    BY Mark Whiley

    Pole-sitter Charles Leclerc had to settle for second place following a long and punishing Singapore Grand Prix. The Ferrari man was jumped at the start by Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who went on to win the race despite later being hit with a five-second penalty for falling too far behind the safety car.

    Singapore is regarded as the most physical and draining race on the calendar, with drivers losing around three kilos during the two-hour affair. But it seemed to take its toll on Leclerc more than most. As he chatted with fellow podium finishers Perez and Carlos Sainz in the cool-down room after the race, Leclerc admitted: “Those last 15 laps, I degraded myself!”

    Normally such an eloquent speaker in several languages, Leclerc looked drained during his post-race interview with Paul di Resta and could only manage short answers. His condition was spotted by Sky Sports pitlane reporter Ted Kravitz, who remarked during his post-race Notebook programme: “Did you hear in the cool-down room? Was there a moment where Charles Leclerc said I didn’t have degradation on my tyres, I had degradation on myself? Did Leclerc get knackered and lose speed in himself? Just an open question, I’m wondering.”

    ‘Charles Leclerc’s admits he ‘degraded’ ’;

    Charles Leclerc admits he made mistakes in the final minutes of the Singapore Grand Prix that potentially cost him the victory.
    08:30, 03/10/2022
    Lena Ferle

    Sergio Perez had a phenomenal start, so Charles Leclerc had to work hard in the heat to get close to the Mexican. Leclerc’s overtaking woes. Perez was locking up his tyres several times, especially in turn 14, but Leclerc still couldn’t get past. According to, Leclerc commented: “I wasn’t close enough unfortunately whenever he had those lock-ups. I don’t think it was especially down to how ready his tyres were, I think he did few mistakes at the beginning which is again normal in those conditions.”

    “But I wasn’t close enough to actually attempt an overtake, unfortunately.” Leclerc’s chances to get closer to Perez were challenging to assess on the track, which was partly wet and then dry again. The Monegasque was at the limit: “Everything was really on the limit. I mean, with the dirty air in conditions like this, the slightest mistake, you pay it big time.”

    “So I did few mistakes, I was just trying to be as close as possible because I had to make, basically, the overtake on the straight. I couldn’t really go on the braking zone and brake later because I didn’t really know how was the track in the inside and I didn’t want to take that risk. I had one lap where I was really close and I actually thought about going in the inside and braking later, but for me it was not worth it so I was just waiting for the right opportunity. That unfortunately didn’t arrive at the end.”

    ‘Charles Leclerc admits he made mistakes’;

    Charles Leclerc’s blunt reply after Ferrari told him about Sergio Perez penalty
    Charles Leclerc was just two seconds short of claiming victory at the Singapore GP.
    3 October 2022
    by Nick Golding

    Charles Leclerc didn’t quite have what it took to win the first Singapore Grand Prix since 2019, as the Ferrari driver was beaten comfortably in the end by Red Bull’s Sergio Pérez.

    He was told by his race engineer towards the end of the two-hour long Grand Prix that the leader had been “told to push”. Leclerc demanded silence from his team, as he tried to keep up with the blistering late pace set by the race winner.

    “Pérez is told to push for the penalty,” said Leclerc’s race engineer. “Stop speaking to me…” the Monegasque bluntly replied. The result means just two points now separate Leclerc and Pérez for second in the Drivers’ Championship, something they’ll both be pushing to achieve.

    “Stop speaking to me…”;

    Charles Leclerc: “It’s a shame to finish second”
    October 3, 2022
    By Jamie Partis-Nelson

    Despite achieving his third consecutive podium of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship at the Singapore Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc has been left ruing his poor start to the race, which the Monegasque driver stated put him on the back foot for the remainder of the race.

    Putting the disappointment of once again failing to convert pole position into the race victory to the side, Leclerc stated that he felt the team had taken a step forward in terms of their race execution.

    “Our pace was really good today so it’s a shame to finish second. We had some wheel spin at the start and didn’t get away as well as Checo (Perez). That put us on the back foot. I pushed to put pressure on Checo but my front tyres got a bit too warm and he started pulling away. As I’ve already said, I want to use these last races to improve our execution of races and I think that we made a step in the right direction today.”

    ‘Shame to finish second’;

    Binotto: We have been brave
    3 October, 2022
    Jad Mallak

    Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto hailed his team’s performance and strategy decisions during the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix describing them as brave. Truth be said, Ferrari did not commit any errors on Sunday in Singapore, and keeping aside Charles Leclerc losing the start to Sergio Perez – ultimately costing him the race win – the Scuderia were on their best behaviour in terms of strategy and pit wall decisions.

    Binotto believed that timing his team chose to switch from Intermediate tyres to Mediums was the correct one and bold. “In the end [of the race] we have been fast in the dry in the switch to slicks,” he told Sky Sports F1. “We have been brave to be the first to switch to slicks, between us and Sergio. We went well on the wet and the dry and that’s the biggest positive of the weekend.”

    Speaking of the start of the race he said: “At first our start was not great, we lost a position at the start and that has affected the rest of the race. We could have got a better start, finally, we could have got a better result today. “Now, on the start itself Charles had a good reaction time, the procedures on the car worked but later Charles had wheelspin because he didn’t have enough grip,” the Ferrari boss clarified. “We will review it but that has effected the rest of the race.”

    ‘We have been brave’;

    Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto: “We are disappointed with the result of today’s race”
    October 3, 2022
    By Jamie Partis-Nelson

    While disappointed to not claim the race victory, Binotto was still pleased with the team’s response in Singapore across the weekend following a tough triple-header for the Maranello-based team.
    “We are disappointed with the result of today’s race. It’s been quite a while that we have been chasing a win and today we came close. Having said that, we picked up a good number of points thanks to a second and a third place. Overall, it was a difficult weekend to manage, but the car worked well in both the wet and the dry.”

    “Here in Singapore, Ferrari showed that it had got over the difficulties of Spa and Zandvoort and we were able to get our performance back on track, which bodes well for the coming races.”

    ‘Picked up a good number of points’;

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    McLaren: Singapore F1 swing showcases "open battle" for P4 with Alpine.
    McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl says the team isn't getting carried away by jumping Alpine in the standings after Formula 1's Singapore Grand Prix, as the recent points swings show the fight for fourth remains an "open battle".
    Oct 3, 2022, 7:23 PM
    By: Filip Cleeren

    In a wet-to-dry race, Lando Norris produced an error-free display to move up from sixth to fourth following a duel with Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, who both slipped up. Starting from 16th, Daniel Ricciardo also had a strong race to finish behind Norris in fifth, after delaying a switch from intermediates to slicks until a lap 36 safety car.

    In stark contrast to McLaren's 22-point haul, both Alpines of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon retired due to power unit failures, allowing McLaren to suddenly jump the Enstone team for fourth in the constructors' championship and lead by four points.

    When team boss Seidl was asked by if he was surprised to be leading Alpine after generally struggling to match it on pace in recent months, he said the points swing simply shows the fight for fourth will remain an "open battle" until the last lap in Abu Dhabi, with Alpine's huge score in Belgium now undone by McLaren's Singapore success.

    ‘Open battle’;

    Andreas Seidl on McLaren Overtaking Alpine: We’re “back in the game!”
    October 2, 2022
    By Nick Golding

    McLaren F1 Team Principal Andreas Seidl couldn’t have been happier at the outcome of the first Singapore Grand Prix since 2019, as Lando Norris finished fourth and Daniel Ricciardo fifth, to seal a first double top five finish of the season for the Woking-Based Team. Seidl knows full well that his team are now “back in the game”, with the pressure seemingly now on their French rivals to comeback.

    “Twenty-two points. Back in the game! Thanks to the entire team for delivering an excellent result this weekend, in hot, humid conditions here at the track in Singapore, back at the MTC and our colleagues at Mercedes HPP. Daniel and Lando both had superb drives today in tricky conditions.”

    “They did not put a wheel wrong on a day when many of their peers went off – but equally they benefitted from great teamwork and clear communication from their strategists, engineers and the pit crew, who once again delivered.”

    ‘We’re “back in the game!’;

    “The whole team did a great job” – Lando Norris
    October 2, 2022
    By Nick Golding

    Lando Norris‘ run of finishing in seventh-place finally came to an end, as the McLaren F1 Team driver crossed the line in a brilliant fourth-place, after a strategically flawless performance. The British driver made a strong start to the Singapore Grand Prix and quickly found himself all on his own in fifth.

    With conditions being treacherous, Norris was told that he’d be extending his opening stint on the Intermediates by as long as possible, something which worked perfectly for both him and the Woking-based team. Norris was very happy with his performance at the Marina Bay Circuit, and was quick to say “well done to the entire team”.

    “A very good day, with both cars in the top five. It was a tough race, especially with the conditions, but the whole team did a great job today. We scored a lot of points which was so important for the Constructors’ Championship. Well done to the entire team. I’m very happy.”

    ‘Whole team did a great job’;

    ‘Hardest race of my career!’ – McLaren’s Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo react to Singapore Grand Prix
    Monday 3 Oct 2022 12:31 pm
    Callum McAvoy

    Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo both admitted they were too exhausted to celebrate McLaren’s best result of the season at the Singapore Grand Prix. While many drivers and cars fell victim to the conditions, Norris and Ricciardo kept calm and collected throughout and thanks to great strategy calls from the team, and a dash of luck, they recorded McLaren’s best result since their 1-2 in Italy last year.

    ‘We needed this, and as much as I’m looking forward to Japan, I want to enjoy this one,’ said Ricciardo post-race. ‘Finally, everyone is in good spirits. But I’m definitely too tired to party so I’ll just have a little drink here with the team and celebrate what’s been a good day.’

    ‘I certainly feel good – it’s been a long time. My last top five was a year ago in Saudi Arabia so yeah, I hadn’t had one this year, which is kind of sad, but we know the year it’s been, and I feel like I was certainly due some good fortune.’

    ‘Too exhausted to celebrate’;

    Daniel Ricciardo rumour mill in overdrive after best friend's cryptic social media post
    Ricciardo could miss out on a Formula 1 seat for next season after his McLaren axing, with Haas the only realistic option remaining for the eight-time race winner
    11:02, 3 Oct 2022
    Daniel Moxon
    F1 Writer

    Rumours surrounding Daniel Ricciardo's future in Formula 1 have been sent into overdrive again after a cryptic social media post from one of his closest friends.

    Nothing is yet certain, but fans have been gossiping once again thanks to a TikTok post from Ricciardo's close friend Scotty James. The snowboarding star, a double Olympic medallist and three-time halfpipe world champion, posted a short video clip with his partner Chloe Stroll.

    Considering she is sister to F1 driver Lance Stroll, and James' close relationship with Ricciardo, it is reasonable to assume they both have access to insider knowledge when it comes to the inner workings of the F1 paddock. So fans were left curious as they mimicked a scene from popular TV show Friends in which they hinted that they were in possession of some juicy gossip.

    ‘Rumour mill overdrive’;

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