Leclerc takes thrilling Singapore pole | Angry Verstappen P8 after aborting lap

Charles Leclerc edges out Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton for pole in thrilling Singapore GP qualifying; Max Verstappen left fuming after being told to abort his final flying lap and finishing eighth; Watch Sunday’s race live at 2pm on Sky Sports F1, with build-up from 12.30pm

Last Updated: 01/10/22 3:34pm

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Max Verstappen is left furious after he is told to abort his final lap when he was set to take pole for the Singapore Grand Prix
Max Verstappen is left furious after he is told to abort his final lap when he was set to take pole for the Singapore Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc edged out Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton for pole in a thrilling Singapore Grand Prix qualifying session, as Max Verstappen was left fuming after finishing eighth.

The session built to a dramatic finale as times continued to improve on a drying track, with Perez and Hamilton both within half a tenth of Leclerc’s time of 1:49.412 for Ferrari.

Verstappen, whose track position made him the last driver to have the opportunity to set a time on the improving surface, appeared on course to challenge for pole until Red Bull bizarrely ordered him to abort the lap.

The Dutchman delivered an expletive-laden rant at his team over radio asking what had happened, with confirmation coming after the session that he would have risked having an insufficient amount of fuel remaining on board to meet regulations if he had completed his flying lap and in-lap afterwards.

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Charles Leclerc takes pole for the Singapore Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc takes pole for the Singapore Grand Prix

Carlos Sainz was fourth for Ferrari, with Alpine’s Fernando Alonso, McLaren’s Lando Norris and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly also ahead of Verstappen at the chequered flag.

George Russell suffered a hugely disappointing qualifying, especially given Mercedes team-mate Hamilton’s speed, as he finished 11th after being knocked out in Q2.

Singapore GP Qualifying: Top 10
1) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
2) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
3) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
4) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
5) Fernando Alonso, Alpine
6) Lando Norris, McLaren
7) Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
8) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
9) Kevin Magnussen, Haas
10) Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri

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