Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Singapore, 2022

Leclerc quickest as rain cuts final Singapore practice session to half an hour

2022 Singapore Grand Prix third practice

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Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was quickest in a wet final practice session that featured only half an hour of track running.

Leclerc’s best time of a 1’57.782 on intermediate tyres on a drying track was just over half a second quicker than Max Verstappen, with Carlos Sainz Jnr third fastest in the second Ferrari.

Heavy rain fell during the W Series qualifying session which preceded third practice session for Formula 1. It persisted following that disrupted session, leaving the track soaked as the final practice hour approached.

With the circuit still extremely wet, race director Eduardo Freitas chose to begin the session but keep the pit entry closed, preventing any drivers from taking to the track. This allowed the session to finish without a delay which would have forced the start of qualifying to be pushed back.

It was a long wait as the rain ceased and the marshals around the Marina Bay course brushed away as much standing water as they could. After almost half the session had elapsed, Freitas confirmed the pit lane would be opened at the half-hour mark.

The green light at the end of the pit lane signalled that the track was open, but none of the 10 teams were keen to send their cars out onto the still wet track. Eventually AlphaTauri opted to send out Pierre Gasly, who was soon followed by team mate Yuki Tsunoda and Valtteri Bottas in the Alfa Romeo.

Lando Norris set the early benchmark time on the wet tyres with a 2’09.642, but was soon called in by his team to switch to intermediate tyres. Max Verstappen chose to head out on the intermediates and immediately proved it was the correct tyre for the conditions by posting a 2’06.872.

Williams’s Nicholas Latifi briefly triggered the yellow flags by having to brake to a stop at turn 13 to avoid hitting the barriers, but he was able to reverse out and continue. Mick Schumacher was brought into the pits to change tyres but was told to stop the car immediately after being released from the Haas pit box as mechanics feared his right-rear wheel had not been fastened correctly. The stewards will investigate the incident after the session.

As the track continued to dry, lap times began to drop. Leclerc went fastest, dropping under the two minute mark. In the final minutes, Leclerc lowered his own best time to a 1’57.782, while Verstappen moved into second with a lap just over half a second slower.

The damp track continued to catch drivers out. Gasly took to the escape road at turn 18 after missing his braking point, briefly bringing out the yellow flags. George Russell made a similar error into turn seven and had to make a 180 degree spin turn to escape from the run off.

Leclerc’s best time was not beaten, leaving him quickest as the chequered flag flew and half a second faster than Verstappen in second. Sainz ended the session third, a second behind his team mate, ahead of Fernando Alonso, Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll. Esteban Ocon, Sebastian Vettel, Russell and Daniel Ricciardo completed the top 10.

2022 Singapore Grand Prix third practice result

PositionNumberDriverTeamFP1 timeFP2 timeGapLaps
155Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari1’44.1381’42.58747
216Charles LeclercFerrari1’43.4351’42.7950.20831
363George RussellMercedes1’44.0661’42.9110.32447
41Max VerstappenRed Bull1’43.1171’42.9260.33928
544Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’43.0331’43.1820.44642
631Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1’44.7361’43.4120.82547
777Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’45.7251’43.4310.84450
814Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1’45.3361’43.5200.93334
911Sergio PerezRed Bull1’43.8391’43.9061.25228
1018Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1’45.2211’43.9821.39533
114Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1’46.6801’44.0131.42638
125Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1’45.3541’44.2491.66246
1320Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’46.0281’44.4221.83544
1410Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red Bull1’45.2581’44.4691.88246
1524Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’46.4081’44.5241.93750
1623Alexander AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1’46.1191’45.1442.55745
1722Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red Bull1’46.0811’45.2112.62437
183Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1’45.7241’45.4472.86039
1947Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1’46.6011’45.6233.03646
206Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1’47.0921’46.5533.96643

2022 Singapore Grand Prix combined practice times

PositionNumberDriverTeamFP1 timeFP2 timeFP3 timeGapLaps
155Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari1’44.1381’42.5871’58.84859
216Charles LeclercFerrari1’43.4351’42.7951’57.7820.20842
363George RussellMercedes1’44.0661’42.9112’1.0100.32457
41Max VerstappenRed Bull1’43.1171’42.9261’58.3080.33940
544Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’43.0331’43.1822’1.2200.44650
631Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1’44.7361’43.4122’0.9110.82556
777Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’45.7251’43.4312’2.0660.84461
814Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1’45.3361’43.5201’59.4290.93343
911Sergio PerezRed Bull1’43.8391’43.9061’59.5261.25239
1018Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1’45.2211’43.9822’0.3731.39544
114Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1’46.6801’44.0132’1.7911.42651
125Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1’45.3541’44.2492’1.0071.66257
1320Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’46.0281’44.4222’1.0891.83557
1410Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red Bull1’45.2581’44.4692’1.2451.88261
1524Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’46.4081’44.5242’2.5991.93761
1623Alexander AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1’46.1191’45.1442’1.9072.55758
1722Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red Bull1’46.0811’45.2112’1.6792.62451
183Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1’45.7241’45.4472’1.0362.86052
1947Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1’46.6011’45.6232’1.5023.03659
206Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1’47.0921’46.5532’3.5103.96653

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