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FACTS AND STATS: Red Bull fail to get either car to Q3 for the first time in five years

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SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 16: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing drives in

Qualifying in Singapore was a frantic affair, with crashes and upsets mixed into some seriously impressive laps. In the end it was Carlos Sainz who emerged with pole position for Ferrari, placing him perfectly at the head of the pack for tomorrow's Grand Prix. But where did the rest finish, and who caused an upset? Here are the best facts and stats from qualifying at the Marina Bay Street Circuit…

  • Carlos Sainz took consecutive pole positions for the first time in his F1 career, as Ferrari scored their third consecutive pole here and their seventh in total to extend their circuit record.

  • In eight of the previous 13 races here, the man starting on pole has won.

  • George Russell managed not just his first ever Q3 appearance here, but also his first front row start since Australia, 12 races ago. His previous best qualifying here was P18.

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  • Charles Leclerc qualified third for the second straight race, as his team mate grabbed P1 for the second straight race.

  • It is the first time Leclerc has been out-qualified by a team mate here.

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 16: Pole position qualifier Carlos Sainz of Spain and Ferrari

Sainz grabbed his second straight P1 as Ferrari extended their run of poles here

  • Fourth is Lando Norris’ best start in Singapore, although he did finish fourth here last season after starting sixth.

  • Norris has also clinched his season head to head with Oscar Piastri, as he now leads 12-3 with seven races remaining.

  • Lewis Hamilton’s fifth place ties his lowest ever Singapore start in his career, as he remains the only driver to race in all the Grands Prix here.

  • Kevin Magnussen grabbed his best ever Singapore start with sixth for Haas, having only reached Q3 once before this season – all the way back in Miami.

  • Fernando Alonso maintained his record of reaching Q3 in every race weekend this season with seventh.

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  • Esteban Ocon managed his best ever qualifying in Singapore with eighth, having failed to reach Q3 at the last six races and in direct contrast to Monza, when both Alpine cars went out in Q1.

  • Nico Hulkenberg was ninth, meaning both Haas cars made Q3 for the first time since Austria 2022.

  • Liam Lawson was P10 – his AlphaTauri had been the only car on the grid that had failed to reach Q3 up until now, regardless of driver (Nyck de Vries, Daniel Ricciardo and Lawson).

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 16: Sparks fly behind Nico Hulkenberg of Germany driving the (27)

Haas managed to get both cars into Q3

  • Neither Red Bull reached Q3 for the first time since Russia 2018.

  • Max Verstappen was 11th, having also failed to make Q3 back in Jeddah thanks to a mechanical fault.

  • Sergio Perez was 13th, making it the seventh time in 15 races that he hasn’t made Q3 this season.

  • Lance Stroll ended Q1 as the slowest qualifier for the second race in a row.

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  • Oscar Piastri was knocked out in Q1 for the first time since Miami in May.

  • Alfa Romeo lost both cars in Q1, just as they did in Australia and at Zandvoort.

  • Logan Sargeant was knocked out in Q1, after Williams had managed to get both cars into Q2 at the previous two races.

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