F1 Singapore Grand Prix LIVE: Qualifying updates and times at Marina Bay

‘Singapore is like no other race week’, says Lando Norris

Max Verstappen is chasing another victory – what would be his 11th in a row – as Formula 1 returns to Asia for the popular Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Verstappen broke the record for the most consecutive race wins last time out at Monza, overtaking Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz to win his 10th race in a row. The Dutchman is cruising to a third-straight F1 world championship and currently has a 145-point lead in the standings to team-mate Sergio Perez, though cannot clinch the title in Singapore.

It was an improved performance from Ferrari in Italy, with Sainz securing his first podium of the year and Charles Leclerc finishing fourth, while the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell followed up their new contracts with sixth and fifth place respectively. Williams’ Alex Albon was a standout once again, finishing seventh.

Perez won last year’s wet race under the lights in Singapore – a venue where Verstappen is yet to triumph in his career. Lewis Hamilton is a four-time winner in Marina Bay.

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Max Verstappen spins!

Bit of an odd moment as the Red Bull driver spins going very slowly…

Kieran Jackson16 September 2023 10:45


Carlos Sainz the early pace-setter

Much like FP2, Carlos Sainz sets the early benchmark at the top with a 1:33:778 on medium tyres!

Max Verstappen, after a Friday to forget, is fourth-fastest 15 minutes into this session, six-tenths off the Ferarri man.

George Russell is second – three-tenths off Sainz – with Lewis Hamilton fifth, six-tenths off. Lando Norris is P3.

6-10: Stroll, Bottas, Hulkenberg, Ocon, Perez

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Kieran Jackson16 September 2023 10:45


Third practice at the Singapore Grand Prix!

We’re underway with the final hour of practice at the Marina Bay Street Circuit!

It rained two hours ago in Singapore, removing all the rubber laid down on the track from yesterday, but it’s now just cloudy and overcast in the city-state.

Kieran Jackson16 September 2023 10:30


How Red Bull can clinch the Constructors’ Championship this weekend?

– A Red Bull one-two finish with the fastest lap and Mercedes score one point or less

– A Red Bull one-two finish without the fastest lap and Mercedes score no points

Kieran Jackson16 September 2023 10:25


FIA take action against Helmut Marko after comments about Sergio Perez

Helmut Marko has received a written warning from the FIA and was “reminded of his responsibilities as a public figure in motorsport” after his comments about Sergio Perez.

The 80-year-old, who works as a special advisor for Red Bull, apologised after comments made after the Italian Grand Prix two weeks ago

Marko referred to Perez’s background when discussing his poor form, saying: “Let’s remember that he (Perez) is South American and so he is not as focused as Max Verstappen or Sebastian Vettel was.”

While Marko apologised, with Perez accepting the apology, Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff were among the figures to condemn Marko’s actions when speaking this weekend in Singapore.

Kieran Jackson16 September 2023 10:20


Singapore Grand Prix ‘like no other race’, says Lando Norris

The Singapore Grand Prix is “like no other race” says Formula One racing driver Lando Norris as he gives fans a glimpse into his preparation for the event.

Norris said: “Singapore is very special, it’s like no other race week of the whole year, it’s just a different buzz and energy about this race.

“It’s one of the most physically and mentally demanding. It’s one of the longest most challenging street circuits. There are a lot of places that can catch you out.”

‘Singapore is like no other race week’, says Lando Norris

Kieran Jackson16 September 2023 10:12


Max Verstappen tells Toto Wolff to focus on Mercedes after snipe

Max Verstappen has told Toto Wolff to focus on his own team after he called the Dutchman’s record winning streak “completely irrelevant” and “for Wikipedia”.

But moments after Verstappen’s landmark win, Mercedes team principal Wolff said: “For me, these kinds of records are completely irrelevant. Those numbers are for Wikipedia and nobody reads that anyway.”

George Russell and Lewis Hamilton crossed the line a distant fifth and sixth respectively for Mercedes at Monza’s Cathedral of Speed.

Kieran Jackson16 September 2023 10:01


Zhou Guanyu interview: ‘There is a lot of pressure in F1 – only winners stay in this sport’

Exclusive by Kieran Jackson

There’s no place like home. For most of the Formula 1 grid, a return to familiar comforts at a much-loved circuit is something to behold, thrive and revel in. In fact, it’s only the Haas pairing of Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen and the Alfa Romeo team of Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu who have not basked in such an experience in 2023.

But all eyes for Zhou – Formula 1’s first Chinese driver in its 73-year history – now point firmly towards 21 April 2024. The sport’s return to one of the world’s powerhouses has, four times, been put on hold due to the pandemic – both the world-altering event itself and the country’s controversial zero-covid policy in the aftermath. Yet next year will see the Shanghai International Circuit host once more; all that was left was for Zhou’s presence to be confirmed.

That came on Thursday morning. Ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, the 24-year-old penned a one-year extension with Alfa Romeo to race with the Sauber-works team for a third-straight year. F1’s worldwide popularity boom has not diverted past China – and next spring we will see the full impact of Zhou’s spot on the grid.

“It’s the dream fulfilled – the first Chinese driver in F1, it’s a huge thing for a massive country like us,” Zhou tells The Independent.

Kieran Jackson16 September 2023 09:48


Driver Standings ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix:

1) Max Verstappen – 364 points

2) Sergio Perez – 219 points

3) Fernando Alonso – 170 points

4) Lewis Hamilton – 164 points

5) Carlos Sainz – 117 points

6) Charles Leclerc – 111 points

7) George Russell – 109 points

8) Lando Norris – 79 points

9) Lance Stroll – 47 points

10) Pierre Gasly – 37 points

11) Esteban Ocon – 36 points

12) Oscar Piastri – 34 points

13) Alex Albon – 21 points

14) Nico Hulkenberg – 9 points

15) Valtteri Bottas – 6 points

16) Zhou Guanyu – 4 points

17) Yuki Tsunoda – 3 points

18) Kevin Magnussen – 2 points

19) Logan Sargeant – 0 points

20) Liam Lawson – 0 points

21) Nyck de Vries – 0 points

22) Daniel Ricciardo – 0 points

Kieran Jackson16 September 2023 09:35


What is the race schedule in Singapore?

  • Free practice 3: 10:30am
  • Qualifying: 2pm

Kieran Jackson16 September 2023 09:31

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