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F1 starting grid: Carlos Sainz claims pole position for 2023 Singapore Grand Prix

Formula One racing is headed to the Singapore Grand Prix. We’ll update qualifying until we’ve got the full racing grid is set at Marina Bay Street Circuit.

This photo taken on Sept. 13, 2023 shows the overall view of the Marina Bay street circuit for the upcoming F1 Singapore Grand Prix in Singapore. Photo by Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty Images

Q3 results: Carlos Sainz was the fastest driver in the final qualifying period and claimed pole position for Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix. The full starting grid is listed below, although we await word on a potential Max Verstappen grid penalty for a possible blocking of Yuki Tsunoda.

Q2 results: We had a stunner in the second qualifying session. Both Red Bull cars were eliminated. Max Verstappen Pierre Gasly, Sergio Perez, Alexander Albon, and Yuki Tsunoda will occupy spots P11-15 on Sunday, although a steward investigation of Verstappen for potentially blocking Tsunoda could cost him further.

Q1 results: Lance Stroll crashed in qualifying, ending Q1 early. The five to be eliminated were Valtteri Bottas, Oscar Piastri, Logan Sargeant, Zhou Guanyu, and Stroll. They will occupy spots P16-20.

Formula One racing has arrived at the Singapore Grand Prix. The race will take place on Sunday, February 17 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, getting underway at 8 a.m. ET on ESPN. It will be available for live stream at WatchESPN.

The day prior we have qualifying to set the starting grid. That gets going at 9 a.m. on ESPN2, but if you won’t be watching, we’ll be providing live updates here as the starting grid is settled.

Qualifying involves three sessions. Q1 is 18 minutes, Q2 is 15 minutes, and Q3 is 12 minutes, with a break between Q1 and Q2, and again between Q2 and Q3. The five slowest drivers are dropped after each of the first two sessions and then the final session sorts out pole position and the rest of the top ten.

Max Verstappen is a -215 favorite to win the race at DraftKings Sportsbook and is +135 to be the fastest qualifier. Charles Leclerc is second with +650 odds to win and +250 odds to be the fastest qualifier.

Here is the full entry list for the Singapore Grand Prix as qualifying gets underway. We’ll provide updates with each driver’s time and how the starting lineup settles.

2023 Singapore Grand Prix starting grid

Pos Driver No.
Pos Driver No.
1 Carlos Sainz 55
2 George Russell 63
3 Charles Leclerc 16
4 Lando Norris 4
5 Lewis Hamilton 44
6 Kevin Magnussen 20
7 Fernando Alonso 14
8 Esteban Ocon 31
9 Nico Hulkenberg 27
10 Liam Lawson 40
11 Max Verstappen 1
12 Pierre Gasly 10
13 Sergio Perez 11
14 Alexander Albon 23
15 Yuki Tsunoda 22
16 Valtteri Bottas 77
17 Oscar Piastri 81
18 Logan Sargeant 2
19 Zhou Guanyu 24
20 Lance Stroll 18