Sergio Perez On The Front Row In Singapore

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 01: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on October 01, 2022 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images,) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202210010451 // Usage for editorial use only //
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 01: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on October 01, 2022 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images,) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202210010451 // Usage for editorial use only //

Sergio Perez will start the Singapore Grand Prix on the front row, alongside pole sitter Charles Leclerc, while a miscalculation from Red Bull has resulted in champion-elect Max Verstappen starting from eighth on the grid.

Sergio Perez

“I think we have done a solid job today, the Team made great calls and we managed to get an excellent result in the end. I am a bit disappointed to be so close to Charles on such a long lap because it makes you think I could have done better in so many places but at the same time it was so tricky out there with the conditions. It was our worst Friday of the season yesterday; we didn’t have any mileage and we had issues with set-up too, so we didn’t have a read on things, but we went back over things and have come out strong. I will try everything I possibly can to win tomorrow, I think the start will be very important so I will try everything but if that doesn’t work, I have 61 laps more, then it is a long race ahead, let’s see what happens.”

Max Verstappen

“We couldn’t finish the push lap today because we wouldn’t have had enough fuel in the car, it was a mistake that we didn’t see coming throughout the session. We were a little surprised by the additional lap at the end, we didn’t expect to have to do that. I was on for a good lap when I aborted before starting the last lap, it might have been pole. In hindsight we should have finished the penultimate lap, instead I had to abort two laps, but hindsight is a great thing. We’ll see what we can do tomorrow but I think it will be a frustrating race, starting eighth around here is similar to Monaco, there aren’t many overtaking opportunities and it’s really hard to pass.”

Christian Horner

“It was a qualifying of highs and lows. Firstly, Checo has done an amazing job, this is his first ever front row here and he can race well from there. He had good race pace so hopefully he’ll have a good start and that puts us in a great position. As for Max, the track was ramping up and we assumed 5 laps would be the maximum we could do but as we came up to the flying lap, fuel was too close to the limit. Rather than start from the pit lane, we elected to abort the lap which was a frustrating call for Max and for the whole team. It relegates him to 8th but that is obviously better than starting from the pit lane. This makes life a lot harder but what we have seen with the cars this season is that you can overtake, you cannot take anything for granted, there is a lot to play for and we are confident we can turn it around tomorrow.”

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