A remarkable qualifying session under the lights at the Marina Bay circuit saw Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz edge George Russell’s Mercedes to claim his second pole position in as many races. Charles Leclerc will start third ahead of Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton.
But it was Red Bull’s demise – the undefeated tour de force of this most one-sided of seasons – that left people here in shock and awe. Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez also failed to reach Q3. He will line up 13th for Sunday’s 62-lap race. Verstappen has always struggled at this track and suffered a qualifying crash here last year.
Earlier, Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll spun away from a staggering 110 mph shunt, which ruled the Canadian out of the race. Stroll was able to climb unassisted from his car on Saturday, but Aston said in a statement that he was still sore and that the team also had a huge job to do to repair the car in time for the night race.
Overtaking is quite difficult on these narrow, albeit picturesque, streets, so grid positions will prove vital to getting the lights out.
Singapore Grand Prix start time
The race will take place on Sunday September 17, 2023 and is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. BST.
Grid positions for the Singapore Grand Prix
1) Carlos Sainz
2) George Russell
3) Charles Leclerc
4) Lando Norris
5) Lewis Hamilton
6) Kevin Magnussen
7) Fernando Alonso
8) Esteban Ocon
9) Nico Hulkenberg
10) Liam Lawson
11) Max Verstappen
12) Pierre Gasly
13) Sergio Perez
14) Alex Albon
15) Yuki Tsunoda
16) Valtteri Bottas
17) Oscar Piastri
18) Logan Sargent
19) Zhou Guanyu
20) Spear walk
Weather forecast for the Singapore Grand Prix
There is currently a slight chance of rain affecting the race, with a few showers forecast for track mornings on Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures will hover around 32°C.
How to watch the Singapore Grand Prix
TV channel: In the UK, the entire race weekend is broadcast on Sky Sports F1. Free highlights of the race will be shown on Channel 4 at 5:30 p.m. BST.
Direct: Sky Sports subscribers can watch on the Sky Go app.