2022 Singapore Grand Prix grid F1

The rain has been pounding down over Marina Bay Circuit only hours ahead of the start of the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix guaranteeing a wet race, or at least one on a damp track, unlikely good for slicks.

Rain or not, can Max Verstappen be stopped? On two fronts that is, stopped from winning today’s Singapore Grand Prix and stopped from claiming the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship title in the process.

Furthermore, can he be stopped from today at Marina Bay Circuit from winning his sixth F1 race in a row, his 12th of his campaign and the 32nd victory of his 158th Grand Prix. It will be a tough ask after a rare fumble by Red Bull in qualifying yesterday.

Starting from an unlikely eighth on the grid, Verstappen was seething after Qualifying on Saturday after Red Bull messed up the fuel maths forcing the Dutch ace from aborting what looked to be a pole-winning lap on the night.

Verstappen was furious, berating his normally impeccable team and making one wonder how he would react at Ferrari – had he been driving for them – amid their constant shenanigans and slip-ups, so be sure there will be a fired-up #1 car looking to get to the sharp end as fast as possible.

That’s because his own teammate Sergio Perez, starting second, and pole winner Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari will not be hanging about as they both seek some of the crumbs off Verstappen’s table. Both would cherish and need victories today.

With Lewis Hamilton looking as strong as ever this weekend, humbling teammate George Russell in qualifying, the Mercedes man looking for the first time this year like a potential race winner, doing so at Marina Bay Circuit would be his first of the year and his fifth at the floodlit venue, equaling Sebastian Vettel’s record at the Marina Bay Circuit.

Verstappen vs Hamilton tonight in Singapore should be interesting

Leclerc-Verstappen-Hamilton-Austria-2022

However, with Verstappen on a charge and the history the pair have of not mixing well together when seeking the same piece of tarmac, VER vs HAM tonight should be highly entertaining at a circuit where passing will be at a premium.

Fernando Alonso’s gargantuan sees him line up in fifth on the day he becomes the F1 driver with most Grand Prix starts – 350 – and like fellow veteran Hamilton, on Saturday the Alpine driver trounced his teammate Esteban Ocon who was only good for 18th.

Lining up in sixth, Lando Norris, as usual, extracted way more from his McLaren than Daniel Ricciardo who was again pitiful compared to his teammate and will start from 17th. Norris is driving the updated MCL36, but that does not justify the massive difference in performance.

Norris manages to extract beyond the call of duty in qualifying, but the McLaren tends to go backwards in the race as the car is simply not good enough for its drivers in race trim but Singapore could be a turning point in that storyline.

But the rain, changes everything. The great leveller is likely to spring some major surprises, good, bad and ugly, so best brace yourselves for an epic afternoon of F1 racing.

Also keep an eye on the following storylines:

  • What can George do from 11th?
  • Those two Alpha Tauris of Pierre and Yuki were impressive in qualy, what can they do in the race?
  • Aston Martin where art thou?
  • Who meets with Marina Bay concrete first: Yuki? Mick? Latifi? Gasly? Max?
  • Will Max make it two F1 Titles in two years?

verstappen champion Marina Bay Circuit, Marina Bay, Singapore.Thursday 14 September 2017.An aerial view of the Marina Bay Circuit as final preparations are made.World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Images ref: Digital Image _W6I6619

Singapore Grand Prix Facts & Stats

  • Round 17 of the 22-race 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season
  • Lap distance: 5.063km. Total distance: 308.706km (61 laps)
  • No race since 2019
  • Race lap record: One minute 41.905 seconds, Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Haas, 2018.
  • Start time: 1200GMT (2000 local)
  • Sunday´s night-time race is the 13th in Singapore since its debut in 2008.
  • Three current drivers have won at the 23 corner circuit — Fernando Alonso (2008, 2010), Lewis Hamilton (2009, 2014, 2017, 2018) and Sebastian Vettel (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019).
  • Mercedes have won the race four times, Red Bull and Ferrari three each. Ferrari, in 2019, were the first team to finish one-two in Singapore.
  • Hamilton and Vettel have each been on pole four times in Singapore. The race has been won from pole position on eight occasions.
  • The lowest winning grid position is 15th for Alonso in a now-notorious 2008 race in which Brazilian team mate Nelson Piquet crashed his Renault deliberately on team orders.
  • The race is the longest in terms of time to complete and runs close to the two-hour limit.
  • The safety car has featured in all 12 editions.
  • Four drivers are making Singapore debuts: Mick Schumacher (Haas), Nicholas Latifi (Williams), Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo) and Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri).

2022 F1 World Championship Points after 16 Rounds

  • Verstappen leads Leclerc by 116 points.
  • Red Bull lead Ferrari by 139 points in the constructors’ standings.
  • Williams’ Nicholas Latifi is the only race driver yet to score this season.

2022 f1 drivers standings after Italian Grand Prix round 16 drivers constructors top ten graphic

How the 2022 F1 title can be won at the Singapore Grand Prix

  • Verstappen will take his second title if he wins and scores 22 points more than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, 13 more than Red Bull team mate Sergio Perez and six more than Mercedes’ George Russell.
  • Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz also remains in mathematical contention but would have to score 11 points more than Verstappen on Sunday.
  • It would be the first time the drivers’ championship has been settled in Singapore.

Grand Prix Victories

  • Red Bull have won 12 of 16 races and Ferrari the rest. Verstappen has won 11 and is on course to set a record for most victories in a season.
  • Ferrari’s Leclerc and Sainz have three and one wins respectively, and Perez one.
  • Verstappen is chasing his sixth win in a row and 32nd of his career, which would move him alongside Alonso as sixth-equal in the all-time winning list.
  • Mercedes’ Hamilton has a record 103 wins and 188 podiums from 303 starts. The seven-times world champion last won a race in Saudi Arabia in December and is now on the longest streak of his career without a win.
  • Ferrari have won 242 races since 1950. McLaren have 183 wins, Mercedes 124, Williams 115 and Red Bull 87.

leclerc perez hamilton singapore 2022 qualifying

Pole Position & Fastest Lap

  • Leclerc has had eight poles this year, Verstappen four, Sainz two, Perez and Russell one each. Hamilton has a record 103, most recently in Saudi Arabia last year.
  • Six drivers have taken fastest laps this season: 5 – Verstappen (Imola, Miami, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands); Leclerc (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Australia); Perez (Spain, Azerbaijan and Italy); Sainz (Canada, France); Hamilton (Britain, Hungary); Norris (Monaco).

Milestone

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso will become the first driver to start 350 Formula 1 races, breaking Kimi Raikkonen’s tally of 349. (Compiled by Reuters)

Image

Image

Singapore Grand Prix A graphic showing a world map with various countries and time zones displayed. The race begins at 2000 local time in Singapore, which is 1200 UTC.