Qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix certainly lived up to expectations as the most exciting and unpredictable Saturday of the year so far. Red Bull’s surprise issues continued as both cars failed to get out of Q2.
Their winning streak for 2023 now almost certainly looks to be over heading into today’s race with Carlos Sainz earning his second consecutive pole of the year. George Russell was able to split the Ferraris with a sensational lap at the end of the session.
But both Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton are also well placed to challenge for a victory. Ferrari’s concern will be their race pace, which has traditionally been worse than their performances on Saturday.
Mercedes and McLaren could therefore give themselves a chance with the right strategy in a race that features at least one Safety Car period at some stage.
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Stewards decide on three investigations into Verstappen
Max Verstappen has escaped any major punishment for his three separate investigations in what proved to be an eventful qualifying session on Saturday.
Verstappen was summoned before the stewards for impeding a host of cars on the pitlane exit, impeding Yuki Tsunoda and blocking Logan Sargeant.
The Dutchman was handed his first reprimand of the season for the pitlane blocking incident.
A second reprimand followed for the Tsunoda block with Red Bull also handed a £4300 (€5000) fine for not informing Verstappen of the AlphaTauri car’s approach.
But Verstappen escaped any punishment for his block on Sargeat with the Williams driver coming to the two-time world champion’s defence.
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It’s race day and this should be the race Red Bull’s rivals finally end their winning streak.
It was a pulsating qualifying session on Saturday night and today’s race is expected to also be a cracker.
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