Lewis Hamilton took over Singapore qualifying with an opportunity to be on pole. This could have been the closest Hamilton has been to pole in the 2022 season. Mercedes hasn’t been at the top after almost dominating the sport for the last 8 seasons. With Hamilton winning 6 titles for them since 2014. 2022 could be considered the worst ever Mercedes season with no wins, poles and terms of pace.
Mercedes battles with Ferrari and Red Bull in Singapore after not even being close to them at Monza. This was expected by the team and the drivers as the car is being supported by the slow cornering speed. Red Bull being too domiananting on straight line speed and Ferrari having the speed at turns, Mercedes aren’t really in competition with the two as of this season. Though the silver arrows come alive when the track supports their package, they still lack to put everything together in all the tracks.
Singapore is one of the tracks that matched the Mercedes package, Lewis Hamilton almost ruled it with his laps which looked like a confirmed pole for him. However, it was Leclerc who managed a pole this time in Singapore. “I was pushing so hard. It was so, so close. I was trying so hard but these guys are always so quick. I thought maybe, maybe with the perfect lap which was hard. Just didn’t have the grip in the last lap. Nonetheless, I am happy to be on the second row,” said Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton optimistic about the main race in Singapore
With the pace Hamilton’s Mercedes showed on the streets of Singapore, it would be fool play to count him out of scope from tomorrow’s race. Lewis already has won four times at Singapore and is well aware of the turns here. He also has an excellent lap so-called the perfect lap in 2018 which stands as one of the best qualifying laps in F1 history.
” I am grateful to the team for continuing to push. We will keep our head down; hopefully tomorrow will be a better day,” Hamilton said.
“We knew the car would be stronger here compared to Monza, but to lose our by that margin is okay.. we will just get up and keep fighting,” He concluded.
George Russell didn’t quite manage to get himself in Q3 for the first time this season. With a very poor lap in qualifying, George doesn’t seem to get hold of his car and the turns of Singapore. Mercedes has a great chance to grab their first victory with Hamilton charging up at P3.