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Singapore Grand Prix: Carlos Sainz leads Ferrari one-two in second practice

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 30/09/2022 Luke Slater
Ferrari's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr drives during a practice session ahead of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 30, 2022 - AFP © AFP Ferrari's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr drives during a practice session ahead of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 30, 2022 - AFP

Carlos Sainz was fastest in second practice for Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix, leading Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc and Mercedes' George Russell. 

Sainz's lap time of 1:42.587sec was 0.208sec faster than Leclerc with Russell just over a further tenth slower than the Monegasque driver around the Marina Bay circuit. 

Max Verstappen, who only completed eight laps in a program that was out of sync with the majority of the field,  was fourth, 0.339sec off Sainz.

Lewis Hamilton, who put his Mercedes fastest in FP1 earlier in the day, was fifth, nearly six-tenths down from the ultimate pace. 

There were also dramatic scenes in the pit lane as Pierre Gasly's AlphaTauri caught fire. 

Gasly drove into the pit lane and was being backed into his garage when a fire broke out around the air intake above the cockpit. The fire was soon put out and Gasly returned to the track to finish the session. 

Singapore Grand Prix, second practice classification

  1. Carlos Sainz, Ferrari 1:42.587
  2. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari  +0.208
  3. George Russell, Mercedes +0.324
  4. Max Verstappen, Red Bull +0.339
  5. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes +0.595
  6. Esteban Ocon, Alpine +0.825
  7. Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo +0.844
  8. Fernando Alonso, Alpine +0.933
  9. Sergio Perez, Red Bull +1.319
  10. Lance Stroll, Aston Martin +1.395
  11. Lando Norris, McLaren +1.426
  12. Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin +1.662
  13. Kevin Magnussen, Haas +1.835
  14. Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri +1.882
  15. Guanyu Zhou, Alfa Romeo +1.937
  16. Alexander Albon, Williams +2.557
  17. Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri +2.624
  18. Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren +2.860
  19. Mick Schumacher, Haas +3.036
  20. Nicholas Latifi, Williams +3.966

Singapore Grand Prix, Friday practice: as it happened

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03:25 PM

The cost cap debate will run through this weekend

We may find out more on Wednesday as to which teams have breached it, but for now, get ready for a slanging match...

That is it from me today. Stay tuned for more from Tom Cary in Singapore. I will be back tomorrow for qualifying, which starts at 2pm BST. 

Thanks for joining me. 

03:17 PM

More from Wolff on the cost cap

We are using used parts, we are not running what we [want]. We have made more than 40 people redundant in our organisation. If someone has not been doing that or pushing the boundaries, every million is a massive disadvantage. 

[On the potential penalties]

I think it's not up to me to judge and that's not realistic. The judges have all that scope to anlysye but I wouldn't want to be in their position. 

They [Red Bull] have been investigated for months. 

We have to carry a lot of the car [over to 2023] and we couldn't do the development that we wanted to do. We know there is performance on the table that we didn't bring. 

03:14 PM

Wolff on the alleged breaches of the cost cap

Maybe Christian doesn't speak to his CFO. All of us have been investigated diligently and far as we as concerned there is a team that is in breach that is procedural and another that is massively [over the limit]. 

The crucial part is that if you've been over in 21, then you've been over in 22 and that means you have an advantage in 23. 

03:11 PM

Toto Wolff speaks to Sky Sports F1

Both side that the ride is really poor, that the car is too stiff. We knew that this track was going to suit our car but we didn't know how the bounce was going to affect us. Which is how it is. I think we can be in the fight [for pole]. 

03:05 PM

FP2 classification

  1. SAI 1:42.587
  2. LEC +0.208
  3. RUS +0.324
  4. VER +0.339
  5. HAM +0.595
  6. OCO +0.825
  7. BOT +0.844
  8. ALO +0.933
  9. PER +1.319
  10. STR +1.395
  11. NOR +1.426
  12. VET +1.662
  13. MAG +1.835
  14. GAS +1.882
  15. ZHO +1.937
  16. ALB +2.557
  17. TSU +2.624
  18. RIC +2.860
  19. MSC +3.036
  20. LAT +3.966

03:02 PM

FP2 ENDS - Sainz fastest

It's a Ferrari 1-2, followed by Russell and Verstappen. Full order incoming. 

03:02 PM

FP2 - Verstappen crosses the line...

...and puts himself fourth. He was 0.007s up on Sainz's time after two seconds but finishes 0.339s down on the Ferrari driver. So he lost nearly three-and-a-half tenths in the final sector. 

Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 30, 2022 in Singapore, Singapore - Getty Images AsiaPac  © Getty Images AsiaPac Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 30, 2022 in Singapore, Singapore - Getty Images AsiaPac 

02:57 PM

FP2 - Well, well, well...

Verstappen does indeed come out on a set of soft tyres. Let's see what he can do. 0.219s up after one sector...

02:54 PM

FP2 - Long runs under way now...

Which means we are unlikely to see any significant change in the order. Unless Verstappen decides to bolt on a set of softs. You would have to assume there is an issue somewhere with that Red Bull. Mind you, Perez has only done eight laps. 

02:52 PM

FP2 - Remarkably, Gasly is returning to the track

Verstappen still in 16th, by the way, and with only three laps done. Everyone out on track but the Dutchman, Tsunoda and Ricciardo. A replay shows Hamilton losing the rear end and nearly spinning at turn one. Went very wide on exit and maybe that contributed to his sideways moment. 

02:48 PM

Watch: Gasly's car catches on fire in the pit lane

02:47 PM

FP2 - 15 mins remain

Here are the best sector times: 

S1: Hamilton – 27.838

S2: Sainz – 39.460

S3: Leclerc – 34.967

Put those all together and you get a time of 1:41.995, which is about six-tenths faster than the current fastest time by Sainz. 

02:45 PM

FP2 - Sainz leads Leclerc by 0.295s

Verstappen still has only done three laps and all on the hard tyres. Only he and Leclerc are in single figures. 

02:44 PM

FP2 - Looks like there has been some heat/fire issues on Gasly's AlphaTauri

The air intake above the drivers head is showing signs of burning or fire. 

Camera footage from that camera mount – as well as the pit-lane camera – shows there was a fairly significant fire, which was put out within seconds, thankfully. It is very hot in Singapore but that is an odd place for a fire. 

02:41 PM

FP2 - Current top 10

  1. SAI 1:42.587
  2. LEC +0.295
  3. RUS +0.324
  4. HAM +0.595
  5. OCO +0.825
  6. BOT +0.844
  7. ALO +0.933
  8. PER +1.319
  9. STR +1.395
  10. NOR +1.426

02:39 PM

FP2 - Also a decent lap from Russell

A lap good enough for second, 0.160s off Sainz. Ocon still third. Hamilton doesn't look to have nailed his lap, without especially quick first and second sectors. It's still good enough for third at the moment, 0.431s off Sainz. 

Verstappen, strangely, has only done three laps on a set of hard tyres. Perez has now moved to softs to begin a qualifying simulation. Both out of sync with the rest of the grid, it seems. 

02:37 PM

FP2 - Naturally, with a ton of cars on track traffic is an issue

It has been a bit messy, with plenty of drivers failing to optimise their times. 

Leclerc, on the mediums, posts a good lap first time out: a 1:43.429, 0.678s slower than Sainz and in second. About time. He's missed the best part of an hour so far today.

Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc drives during a practice session ahead of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 30, 2022. - AFP  © AFP Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc drives during a practice session ahead of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 30, 2022. - AFP 

02:33 PM

FP2 - Sainz improves his time

His time of 1:42.751 is 0.680s faster than Bottas. A few cars brushing the barriers here: Perez, Sainz and Ocon. Perez's clunk was probably the hardest of them all. He should bring that car in. Hamilton has issues with traffic on his attempted hot lap. 

02:32 PM

FP2 - Perez crosses the line with a 1:44.647

Not sure if that was down to his ragged lap or that he was fat with fuel...

Ocon into third, 0.401 off Sainz's time, which was on the mediums. Sainz going well on his fast lap now...

02:31 PM

FP2 - Bottas into second on the soft tyres

Leclerc still has not yet done a lap but you would hope it would be soon. Right, let's keep an eye on these lap times.

Alfa Romeo's Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas drives during a practice session ahead of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 30, 2022 - AFP © AFP Alfa Romeo's Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas drives during a practice session ahead of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 30, 2022 - AFP

Perez loses the rear at turn five and nearly clunks the barrier very hard. Just like Lance Stroll did. He continues his lap at full pace, though, not backing off...

02:26 PM

FP2 - Verstappen with a decent first sector

Considering he's on the hard tyres. Perez not yet out, either. 

He crosses the line fifth, 1.414s off Sainz fastest so far. A few drivers out on the soft tyres now as the qualifying simulations commence. 

02:23 PM

FP2 - Sainz knocks Hamilton off the top spot

This time by 0.437s. Max Verstappen is out for the first time but on hard tyres. Charles Leclerc is still not out with 37 minutes remaining of the session. 

02:20 PM

FP2 - Top 10 after nearly 20 mins

  1. HAM 1:43.688
  2. SAI +0.042
  3. RUS +0.223
  4. ALO +0.703
  5. OCO +1.258
  6. STR +1.476
  7. GAS +1.511
  8. BOT +1.661
  9. VET +2.099
  10. TSU +2.318

Hamilton more than six-tenths off his FP1 time but there has been no soft-tyre running yet. That is about to begin, when we should get a good – or better, at least – read on qualifying pace and potential.  

02:17 PM

FP2 - Hamilton converts his good lap into the fastest lap of the session

It's a 1:43.668, which is only 0.042s faster than Sainz. Replays show he was blocked by a Williams, Latifi I think, but not sure whether that was on his fast lap or another lap. Most likely his fast lap. Hamilton nearly hit the back of him. 

02:15 PM

FP2 - Red Bull altering their set-ups for this session on both cars

Christian Horner, speaking to Sky Sports from the pit wall, says that the drivers felt they couldn't really get close to the kerbs in FP1. That's pretty important here. 

Meanwhile, Sainz goes fastest on a set of medium tyres... 0.381s ahead of Hamilton. 

Hamilton on a good lap of his own, though, on his sixth lap on these tyres. 

02:13 PM

FP2 - Yellow flags out again

Russell repeats his off from first practice again, but this time stopping just before hitting the barrier. He gets it going again. 

Mercedes' British driver George Russell drives off track during a practice session ahead of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 30, 2022. - AFP © AFP Mercedes' British driver George Russell drives off track during a practice session ahead of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 30, 2022. - AFP

02:11 PM

FP2 - It's a rare Mercedes 1-2 at the top of the order

Hamilton leads Russell by 0.570s.

Neither Red Bull nor the Ferrari of Leclerc has emerged from the pit lane, however. Magnussen goes down the escape road, bringing out a brief yellow flag. 

02:09 PM

FP2 - Latifi has some comfort issues in his car

Sounds like an issue with his belts in the shoulder area. His Williams contract has not been renewed for next year. It's also bad news for Charles Leclerc, who is not yet in his Ferrari. He missed the first half of the first session. Hmmm. Typically Ferrari. This being a long and demanding street track with plenty of corners, rhythm for a driver is very important. 

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco prepares during practice session of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix, at the Marina Bay City Circuit in Singapore, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 - AP  © AP Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco prepares during practice session of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix, at the Marina Bay City Circuit in Singapore, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 - AP 

02:06 PM

FP2 - Valtteri Bottas the first man to set a lap time in this session

It's a 1:45.839 from the Alfa Romeo-driving Finn. All drivers on either the hards or the mediums at the moment. Russell lining up a good lap on a Mercedes which is sparking an awful lot. It's a good lap anyway, though, a 1:44.661 – a fair way off the quickest time of FP1. 

02:04 PM

FP2 - 58 mins left

The cost cap breach is an interesting talking point. It would be a way to go to call it cheating, but if it helps a team and driver gain an advantage over their rivals outside of the regulations, then is it fair if the penalty is purely financial? And then, is it fair if the team receives a penalty in the following season? Given the damage was done in the previous season too...

It seems that the debate over 2021 will just not die...

02:00 PM

GREEN LIGHT: FP2 begins!

We've got an hour, as usual. 

01:59 PM

There were a few spins and touches of the barrier in FP1

I'd expect we'll see a few more in this session as drivers begin to push in what will be, in part, a qualifying simulation session. A bit of a surprise to see Hamilton top the session, though it was a little disrupted with a red flag. 

01:49 PM

Red Bull sweating over 2021 points deduction after 'budget-cap breach' reports ​

The most controversial Formula One championship in history could take a new twist with reports that Red Bull are sweating over a potential breach of last year’s budget cap that could risk possible points deductions.

The Milton Keynes-based team dismissed the reports, which appeared in the German and Italian press on Friday morning, with team principal Christian Horner insisting the accounts Red Bull submitted back in March were "below the cap" of $145m (£114m) and saying he was "not aware of any breach".

Read the full news story from Tom Cary here.  

01:48 PM

Hello and welcome back

Second practice begins in just over 10 minutes and should be a good guide to who is looking good ahead of qualifying tomorrow. 

12:03 PM

FP1 - Classification

  1. HAM 1:43.033
  2. VER +0.084
  3. LEC +0.402
  4. PER +0.806
  5. RUS +1.033
  6. SAI +1.105
  7. OCO +1.703
  8. STR +2.188
  9. GAS +2.225
  10. ALO +2.303
  11. VET +2.321
  12. RIC +2.691
  13. BOT +2.692
  14. MAG +2.995
  15. TSU +3.048
  16. ALB +3.086
  17. ZHO +3.375
  18. MSC +3.568
  19. NOR +3.647
  20. LAT +4.059

12:01 PM

FP1 - SESSION ENDS

That means, I think for the first time this season, Lewis Hamilton has topped a session. Would be nice if we had a three-way fight, wouldn't it? Don't hold your breath, though. 

11:58 AM

FP1 - Top 10

  1. HAM 1:43.033
  2. VER +0.084
  3. LEC +0.402
  4. PER +0.806
  5. RUS +1.033
  6. SAI +1.105
  7. OCO +1.703
  8. STR +2.188
  9. GAS +2.225
  10. VET +2.303

11:57 AM

FP1 - Hamilton goes fastest!

By just 0.084s, but that seems more than a little encouraging for Mercedes. 

Formula One F1 - Singapore Grand Prix - Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore - September 30, 2022 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/ - REUTERS © REUTERS Formula One F1 - Singapore Grand Prix - Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore - September 30, 2022 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/ - REUTERS

 One lap pace has not been their strong point. Verstappen has a spin and then spin-turns back onto the track. 

11:55 AM

FP1 - Leclerc goes second 

0.318s behind Verstappen. Perez appears to have lost power and comes into the pits. Not sure what the issue is but he was pretty close to the pit lane. 

11:50 AM

FP1 - Yet another big moment for Sainz

This time it was the final corner, got a tank slapper on at high-speed, runs wide but manages to keep it going forward and out of the barriers. 

11:46 AM

FP1 - The track is now clear and the session resumes

But here's the current top 15. It's not really representative, though... as we were in the middle of the soft-tyre runs. 

  1. VER 1:43.117
  2. PER +0.722
  3. OCO +1.619
  4. STR +2.104
  5. ALO +2.219
  6. VET +2.237
  7. SAI +2.509
  8. RIC +2.607
  9. BOT +2.608
  10. RUS +2.853
  11. MAG +2.911
  12. TSU +2.964
  13. ALB +3.002
  14. LEC +3.211
  15. ZHO +3.291

11:42 AM

FP1 - Verstappen goes fastest

And by 0.722s over Perez. Stroll has pulled to the side of the track but it's a red flag as they need to recover the Aston Martin. 

He thwacked the barrier on the outside of turn five, in a similar situation to what happened to Sainz. The Canadian does not get away with this one, though. 

11:40 AM

FP1 - Perez goes fastest

...Verstappen looks likely to beat it by a fair margin though, as he is faster after two sectors. 

Yellow flags out as Stroll has hit the barriers fairly hard and is limping around with a damaged rear wheel. 

11:39 AM

FP1 - Big moment for Sainz in turn five...

Loses the rear end on exit but manages to catch it and keep it out of the barriers. 

"I had a moment," he says on the radio. 

Perez, meanwhile, has just gone fastest in sector one on the soft tyres.

Only Stroll within a second of Verstappen as the soft tyre runs begin. 

11:37 AM

Fastest sectors so far

11:35 AM

FP1 - Vettel moves into fourth

Albon showing few signs of any hangover from his illness as he goes into the top 10... albeit on the soft tyres. Still, he has completed eight laps. This is probably the toughest test physically of any track in the season, so if he comes out and feels okay after FP1, it's a good sign. 

11:31 AM

FP1 - Quite warm out there, apparently

11:31 AM

FP1 - 31 mins remain

Charles Leclerc has edges his way up the order, getting out after that issue early on. He's now eighth on a run on the hard tyres, but 2.581s off the pace.  His team-mate Carlos Sainz (below) is in fourth. 

 Ferrari's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr drives during a practice session ahead of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 30, 2022. © Provided by The Telegraph  Ferrari's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr drives during a practice session ahead of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 30, 2022.

11:27 AM

FP1 - Verstappen improves by half a second

But Alonso has narrowed the gap, though he is still 1.1 seconds away from the Red Bull driver at the top. 

Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing prepares to drive in the garage during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 30, 2022 in Singapore, Singapore. - Getty Images AsiaPac  © Getty Images AsiaPac Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing prepares to drive in the garage during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 30, 2022 in Singapore, Singapore. - Getty Images AsiaPac 

11:21 AM

FP1 - Verstappen seems pretty dialled in early on

That is a little worrying, but it's early stages yet and we shouldn't read too much into the first 20 minutes of FP1 in unrepresentative conditions. We knew he was quick and in the quickest car. So we haven't really learned anything. 

11:20 AM

Watch: Russell touches the barriers

11:16 AM

FP1 - Current top 10

  1. VER 1:44.748
  2. ALO +1.372
  3. PER  +1.886
  4. SAI  +1.994
  5. NOR  +2.113
  6. OCO  +2.305
  7. GAS +2.807
  8. STR +2.860
  9. RIC +2.886
  10. VET +2.915

11:12 AM

FP1 - Yellow flags....

Looks like George Russell has spun. But he gets it going again and green flags are out. 

Russell actually went straight on at turn 10, I think, and went very slowly into the barrier, nose-first. No damage to the front wing, I think, but he heads back into the pits. 

11:09 AM

FP1 - With no action on this track since 2019...

...and doing it for the first time in these new cars... it's no surprise that we've had all 20 cars on track early on. It doesn't always happen like this. 

Haas F1 Team's Danish driver Kevin Magnussen drives during a practice session ahead of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 30, 2022 - AFP © AFP Haas F1 Team's Danish driver Kevin Magnussen drives during a practice session ahead of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 30, 2022 - AFP

11:07 AM

FP1 - Verstappen goes quickest of all

0.916s faster than team-mate Perez. Both cars on the medium tyres. 

11:06 AM

FP1 - Sainz currently fastest with a 1:50.961

Ahead of Kevin Magnussen. Verstappen on his first lap. Leclerc came back into the pits at the end of his out lap. 

11:04 AM

FP1 - 56 mins remain

Charles Leclerc is on the radio and says he has an issue... though it is unclear what, exactly. 

11:02 AM

GREEN LIGHT: FP1 begins

A few cars out there already in the evening sun. 

10:56 AM

Looks increasingly likely that Verstappen will break the record for most wins in an F1 season

He currently has 11, with the record – Michael Schumacher, 2004 and Sebastian Vettel, 2013 – at 13. Schumacher's record was, however, in a shorter season. If Verstappen wins three of the next six races, he will finish on a win percentage in the season of 63.6. Schumacher's in 2004 was 72.2.

Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 29, 2022 in Singapore, Singapore - Getty Images AsiaPac  © Getty Images AsiaPac Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 29, 2022 in Singapore, Singapore - Getty Images AsiaPac 

Verstappen would need to win five of the next six and 16 in total to beat that. The overall record belongs to Alberto Ascar in 1952 who won 75 per cent of all races, though that was six in an eight-race season. Verstappen can only do that if he wins all six of the remaining races. Not impossible...

Not long until first practice begins...

10:45 AM

Lewis Hamilton 'feels sorry' for fans watching Max Verstappen's dominance 

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he “feels sorry” for Formula One fans that the world drivers’ title could be settled this weekend with five rounds of the season still to go. 

The title has only ever been won with five races remaining twice before: in 2002, when Michael Schumacher clinched his fifth crown with six races left, and in 1992, when Nigel Mansell won with five to go.

A fair point, but it is often an issue in F1. It's not all that often that, with 20-plus races, that seasons go down to the wire... or even close to it. Increased reliability also makes it more likely that the driver in the better car will make the most of that over the season. 

10:37 AM

A bit of broadcasting news for you in the UK

Sky has today announced a new multi-year extension of its broadcast partnership with Formula 1, cementing Sky as the official broadcaster of the sport in all Sky markets. Sky UK & Ireland will remain the exclusive home of F1 until 2029.

10:31 AM

Lewis Hamilton arrives

He has won here four times before which makes it far from his most successful track. But also far from his worst. 

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes walks in the Paddock prior to practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 30, 2022 in Singapore - Getty Images AsiaPac  © Getty Images AsiaPac Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes walks in the Paddock prior to practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 30, 2022 in Singapore - Getty Images AsiaPac 

 Not much chance of him winning this weekend you'd have thought. He is currently third favourite at 12/1. 

10:25 AM

Alexander Albon returns this weekend after missing Italy

Albon: Near death experience scarier for family than me © Provided by The Telegraph Albon: Near death experience scarier for family than me

10:19 AM

The 2023 F1 calendar in full

March 5: Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir

March 19: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Jeddah

April 2: Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne

April 16: Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai

April 30: Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku

May 7: Miami Grand Prix, Miami

May 21: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola

May 28: Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo

June 4: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona

June 18: Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal

July 2: Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg

July 9: British Grand Prix, Silverstone

July 23: Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest

July 30: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps

August 27: Dutch Grand Prix, Amsterdam

September 3: Italian Grand Prix, Monza

September 17: Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay

September 24: Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka

October 8: Qatar Grand Prix, Losail

October 22: United States Grand Prix, Austin

October 29: Mexico Grand Prix, Mexico City

November 5: Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Interlagos

November 18: Las Vegas Grand Prix, Las Vegas

November 26: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina

10:12 AM

How can Max Verstappen win the championship this weekend?

How can Verstappen win the title this weekend? © Provided by The Telegraph How can Verstappen win the title this weekend?

10:05 AM

Good morning F1 fans

And welcome to our coverage for first and second practice for the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix from the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore, obviously. With the near three-week break we've had since the Italian Grand Prix, it almost felt like a secondary summer break. That was all due to the cancellation of the Russian Grand Prix and the decision not to replace it on the calendar. With the calendar as packed as it is, it doesn't seem like a bad thing. 

Since the last race at Monza, the 2023 calendar has been confirmed. It's 24 races long and includes three races in the United States of America (Miami, Austin and the brand new Las Vegas Grand Prix). There are two triple-headers and the spacing out of races seems fairly sensible.

What does not seem quite so sensible is the turnaround between double-headers in Azerbaijan and Miami and Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi. Clearly, F1 could not get the compromise from certain races that it required – Miami and Canada would have been a more sensible choice. In addition to that, it has also been announced that there will be six sprint race weekends in 2023, which is up from three in 2021 and in 2022. So, in other words, a quarter of them. That feels like perhaps a few too many. 

But what of this season? Well, it's all but over as far as the championships are concerned. Max Verstappen, the defending champion, has an enormous 116-point advantage over his nearest challenger in Charles Leclerc with just six races left including this one. He can win the title this weekend if certain situations go his way. More on that later. On the balance of probabilities it is unlikely but still possible. But, given the state of the standings, it is hardly that important. 

First practice gets going in daylight at 11am BST with the second practice under lights at 3pm. We will be here for all the latest updates, lap times and reaction from that. Let's hope for a more competitive fight than we've had in the last few rounds. Verstappen's winning run has stretched to five races and he has won 11 in total. His dominance of the season is starting to feel like those seasons where Lewis Hamilton ran riot...

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