Rumours have surfaced that Yuki Tsunuda and Daniel Ricciardo will be kept on for the 2024 season with the Italy based team.
Currently, the teams reserve, Liam Lawson is standing in for injured Daniel Riccardo and has recorded Alpha Tauri’s best result of the season after only three races in the series. Lawson finished the Singapore GP 9th, while his team mate Tsunoda crashed out in the first lap after colliding with Sergio Perez. Tsunoda's best finish of the season is 10th. The Japanese driver has collected three points so far this season, 1 in Melbourne, 1 in Baku and his latest in Spa.
The Kiwi becomes the fourth person to drive for Redbull’s sister team this year, who have yet to confirm it’s 2024 drivers line up.
The team started the season with returning driver Yuki Tsunoda, who’s contract ends this season, and Nick De Vries who was let go off, following the British GP in July after failing to reach Helmut Markos' expectations.
De Vries was replaced by Daniel Ricciardo after picking up 0 points for the team, his best finish being in Monaco where he placed 12th. However, only three races into Ricciardo’s season he broke his hand in practice in Zandvoort. He has yet to score any points and sits bottom of the drivers championship in 22nd. It seems likely that Ricciardo will be out until at least Qatar.
Alpha Tauri are the only team left to have no confirmed drivers for next season, with Williams and Alfa Romeo, each, still with one seat left. Alex Albon in the Williams and Valtteri Bottas in the Alfa Romeo.
Writer @ F1 Journal
On Wednesday, 20 September, the McLaren Formula 1 team announced that Oscar Piastri will stay with the team for the 2024, 2025 and 2026 seasons.
This announcement has cemented the McLaren Formula 1 team's driver line-up until at least the end of the 2025 season, with Lando Norris also contracted until the end of 2025.
2023 is Oscar's first season with the team, having joined at the start of the year after an eventful multi-year contract announcement in late 2022 moving from Alpine F1 Team.
Oscar has had an impressive F1 rookie season so far with the McLaren Formula 1 team, with 42 points in the first 15 races of the season. He has had five top-10 finishes and his highest finish in P2 in the Sprint race at the Belgium Grand Prix.
To read the team's official statement and to hear what Oscar, Andrea and Zak had to say, visit the McLaren Formula 1 team's website.
After a very calm but competitive Friday, the whole world woke up questioning if Redbull really had got it wrong in Singapore or if they would find their form for Qualifying? well we found out and what a shock it was.
Lets run through the events of Saturdays running in Singapore.
Practice 3- Dry Track Temp 38º Air temp 31º
After the relative calm of Friday Practice and P3, Qualifying was brilliant, with constantly changing top times and no real idea who would get pole. Sainz takes his 2nd Pole in a row and with Verstappen down in 11th (after escaping penalty free despite being investigated for 3 separate impeding incidents) the win is really open to any of the top 5.
Very exciting stuff, lets hope the race is just as exciting and we see and new winner for 2023
Writer @ f1 Journal
Drivers train all year for this race, it is a truly unique physical and metal challenge unlike any other track on the calendar!! And that challenge starts on Friday with the first 2 out of 3 practice sessions. The first to get comfortable with the track and they new layout in the day light and the 2nd the closest to Race and Qualifying conditions of the 3 practice hours so a lot of work needs to be done in that hour to get the best out of your Saturday and Sunday.
Also worth remembering is Max Verstappen has never won here and has only lead 3 laps of Singapore compared to his team mate Sergio Perez who won the race in 2022.
Practice 1- Dry
FP1 in Singapore is different to most, usually first practice is run in similar conditions to the Qualifying and race sessions and is a good data collecting opportunity, but not here, because the session is run in the daylight on a totally green track this session becomes more of an hour for the drivers to get comfortable in the cars and on the track. With the changes to the track for 2023( see F1 Journal Singapore Track Guide for more details) and 3 drivers on the grid who had never raced here, it is a much needed dial in.
When the green light lit at the end of the pitlane all the cars joined the track and started setting times on either the Hard or Medium tyres. Norris who is running an updates car this weekend set the fastest time on the Medium tyres in his Mclaren, Max Verstappen was not happy with his downshifts on his first run and already with the track changes and car improvements the field was lapping 6 seconds faster than the 2022 FP1 fastest time and as running continued at would extend to over 10 seconds faster than last years P1 fastest time
With 32 minutes to go Pierre Gasly was the first to put the soft tyres on but his first flying run was only good enough for 2nd to the updated Mclaren on the Medium tyre. Max Vestappen was down in 9th still not happy with the car, Russel had put his Mercedes in 3rd with Leclerc behind him in 4th and their team mates Hamilton and Sainz occupying 7th and 8th but as all of the above were changing for the soft tyres when yellow flags were being waved in sector 2 as a large Lizard had made its way onto the track seemingly unbothered by the formula 1 cars driving past it, it took its sweet time to cross the track and allow running to continue.
With 22 minutes to go and soft tyres on almost all the cars, the times started to really tumble, with Sainz going top only to be beaten by Norris by almost half a second. Leclerc then set the fastest time with Championship leader Max Verstappen only managing 2nd only to be beaten to 2nd by Carlos Sainz when Lizard number 2 decided to make an on track appearance at turn 9. Again the lizard removed its self from the track, almost totally unfazed by the mighty machines surrounding it so much so with only 2 minutes on the clock it seemed another of the lizard family wanted to join the fun and a 3rd yellow flag was waved for the reptilian wanna be racer. The close of the session was dominated by long run data collection runs for all the teams and ended with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc top, his team mate Sainz 2nd and Verstappen 3rd.
Practice 1 Result
1 LEC 2 SAI
3 VER 4 NOR
5 HAM 6 RUS
7 PER 8 ALO
9 TSU 10 OCO
11 STR 12 GAS
13 ALB 14 BOT
15 MAG 16 LAW
17 HUL 18 ZHO
19 PIA 20 SAR
Practice 2- Dry
Mid way through the hour practice session and the Soft tyres were going on and we started to see some Qualifying simulation laps from almost all the drivers, Magnussen tapped the wall and Sargeant had a scary moment across the curbs in his Williams but luckily caught the car before finding a wall. Verstappen managed to take his Redbull from 16th to 6th but was no match for the 2 Ferrari's who seem to be very happy with the car here at Singapore with Sainz almost half a second clear of Hamilton in 3rd. Alonso, Bottas and Lawson( who is racing at Singapore for the first time this weekend) also set very competitive laps to be in the mix of the top 10.
The rest of the session was like P1 mainly long run data collection runs for all although not everyone was happy with their car, it seemed that both sides of the Redbull garage were not happy with the car as Perez aired his struggles with losing the rear end into every braking zone over the radio.
The session ended with a clean sheet of no crashes for this SIngapore Friday and the Ferrari's topped the times again but this time with Carlos Sainz in the top spot follow by team mate Leclerc and George Russel 3rd in his Mercedes.
Verstappen ended the day 8th beaten by the sister Redbull of Perez who finished 7th.
Practice 2 Result
1 SAI 2 LEC
3 RUS 4 ALO
5 HAM 6 NOR
7 PER 8 VER
9 MAG 10 BOT
11 HUL 12 LAW
13 OCO 14 STR
15 PIA 16 TSU
17 ZHO 18 GAS
19 SAR 20 ALB
Writer @ F1 Journal.co.uk
Track Changes For 2023
Times Held- 13
First held- 2008
Pole record- 1.36.015 HAM 2018
(Prior to 2023 track changes)
Lap Record- 1.41.905 MAG 2019
(Prior to 2023 track changes)
Top 3 Finishers- 14
Most Driver Poles- 4 Vettel/Hamilton
Most Team Poles- 7 Ferrari
Most Driver Wins- 5 Vettel
Most Team Wins- Redbull 5
Most Driver Podiums- 8 Vettel
Most Team Podiums- 14 Redbull
Times Won From Pole- 8
Times Won From Front Row- 9
Position to Win- 15th Alonso 2008 (Cheated)
Smallest Win Margin- 0.293secs Alonso 2010
Largest Win Margin- 32.627secs Vettel 2013
1 HAM 1.36.015
2 VER 1.36.334
3 VET 1.36.628
1 HAM (1 stop)
2 VER (1 stop)
3 VET (1 stop)
Fastest Lap- 1.14.905 MAG Lap 50
1 LEC 1.36.217
2 HAM 1.36.408
3 VET 1.36.437
1 VET (1 stop)
2 LEC (1 stop)
3 VER ( 1 stop)
Fastest Lap- 1.42.301 MAG Lap 58
2022(no Singapore Grand Prix 2020 or 2021)
- Alonso and Vettel have both scored Grand Slams at Singapore ( Pole, Win & Fastest lap)
- Redbull have finished on every Singapore podium since 2010
- 276 cars have started the Singapore Grand Prix and 210 have finished giving it one of the highest finishing averages for the whole F1 calendar with 76% of cars starting crossing the finish line.
- The first Singapore Grand Prix in 2008 was won by Alonso and the Renault team in one of the most famous cheating scandals the sport has ever seen. Nelson Piquet Jr was instructed by team boss Flavio Briatori and Chief Engineer Pat Simmons to crash into the wall at turn 17(removed for 2023) because there was no crane in that area and it would guarantee a safety car, he agreed to do so with the understanding that he would be resigned to the Renault team for 2009. On lap 13 Renault pit Alonso, lap 14 Piquet crashes into the wall and when everyone else pits Alonso assumes the lead and bish bash bosh Renault win the very first Singapore Grand Prix...............but they didn't resign Piquet Jr and he wasn't happy about it, so he exposed the whole thing to the FIA and the world. Briatori was orginally given a life time ban for participating in any FIA governed motorsport (this was lifted a while ago), Pat Simmons took a short ban but ultimately returned to the F1 pitlane years later. Alonso was allowed to keep the win and the result stood with everyone keeping their points, but this has now become the center of the Massa legal case for having the 2008 championship result changed because the points for this race should never have been given if Renault cheated. We wait with baited breath to see the outcome of this first of it's kind court case. Its important to state that Alonso still denies any knowledge of the events taking place around him ( but didnt question why he was pit 11 laps early) and to this day claims this win as one of his best.
- 108,423 meters of cable light the Singapore race track
- The whole F1 paddock stay on European time over the Singapore to avoid the jet lag
Writer @ F1 Journal
Like the film, the pair first started their rivalry in Formula 3. Following them through their careers in F1 and climaxing at the Nürburgring in 1976.
Lauda secured a place on the grid in 1971 and Hunt joined three years later. The subplot recounts Hunts playboy life style and the highs and lows of his relationship with supermodel Suzy Miller. While Lauda falls in love
with another model Marlene Kanaus.
The season started with the Mclaren driver picking up pole position in the first two races (Brazil & South Africa) but Ferrari continued to dominate the Sunday podium with Lauda beating Hunt off the line to win race one and two, then completing a 1-2 for the team in race three (U.S West).
Round four saw the real rivalry start. Hunt once again on pole was beaten to the first corner by Lauda who then led for the next 31 laps. A third of the way through the race both Mclaren drivers found another gear enabling Hunt to overtake Lauda and win the race. However Niki was declared the winner while Hunt and his M23 were disqualified for being 1.5cm too wide. The weekend saw Lauda sit at the top of the drivers standings with 33 pts and Hunt in fifth with six pts. Until Mclaren successfully appealed the disqualification a few months later, claiming that the difference was minimal, and James Hunt was reinstated as the winner of the Spanish GP.
Lauda and his Ferrari followed up this race with two more wins and another podium before Hunt saw his next. Engine failure for both Ferraris allowed Hunt to successfully take the chequered flag first in Paul Ricard. Brands Hatch, home to Mclaren, Hunt and an action packed round 9. A turn 1 collision with the Ferraris brought out a red flag, during the pile up Hunt received damage. While make his way back to the pit Hunt took short cuts and didn’t complete a full lap disqualifying him from the race restart. However crowd chants pressured officials into letting the home hero back into the race where he went on to win by 52 seconds. Ferrari eventually appealed this result and two months later Hunt was stripped of the win.
Due to the size of the track it took the helicopter 5-6 minutes to reach Lauda before he was rush to hospital, were he spent the next few days fighting for his life.
Back at the track Hunt led from the restart to the Win. Gaining crucial points for his championship campaign. That Sunday saw 11 Retirements including 6 accidents.
Following the incident Lauda returned to the championship six weeks later, after only missing two races. During his absents Hunt picked up fourth place in Austria and another win at Zandvoort, he now sat two points behind the Austrian. Ferrari had fully with-drawn from Austria still shook from the crash.
An intense final leg of the championship drew closer as Hunt retired from Monza, collected two more wins in Canada and USA, and one final podium in Japan.
Lauda mean while had an incredible return placing fourth, handling issues dropped him back to 8th in Canada, 3rd at Watkins Glen (USA) and due to poor weather conditions and health concerns Lauda with-drew from Japan in the 2nd lap.
The 1976 championship was taken by James Hunt in Japan, a he over took Niki Lauda in the standings by 1 point.
Writer @ F1 Journal
Practice 3- Dry
Practice started with all but the 3 cars of Verstappen, Piastri and Albon making their way onto the track and after the first round of laps it was Norris top with the Redbull of Sergio Perez second but that didnt stand for long as once the reigning world champion set his first lap he was firmly top of the table. After a trip to the gravel Hamilton managed a time to put him 3rd and started to gain confidence at the Temple of speed.
The Mclaren(donned with plenty of Flovis paint) started to practice the tow that could be make or break in Qualifying later in the day. Maggnusen set an early qualifying simulation lap putting him up to 3rd with 28 minutes to go. From then on the times showed how fast the track and the Williams drivers were evolving, with purple sectors being set by both Albon and Sargeant.
This is the point in the day when Sainz really started to show his speed and he topped the times as the session ended beating Verstappen who finished 2nd with Hamilton 3rd and team mate Charles Leclerc after a slow start coming 4th.
This weekend F1 is again trialing a new Qualifying format were drivers have a mandatory tyre allocation per round of Qualifying so Q1 only the Hard tyres may be used, Q2 Mediums and Q3 only the soft tyre is avaliable.
Q1- Hard Tyres for all
Qualifying started and Max Verstappen lead the Mclaren's out to start the running, but quickly the rest of the grid followed and the Monza slipstream traffic began. Perez set the fastest time with Max following suit before having his lap deleted for track limits at turn 7. Both Williams car showed great pace with Albon putting the car top on his first run and rookie Logan Sargeant getting 4th. The ferrari's had a slow start to the session but ultimately found their pace finishing a respectable 3rd for Leclerc and 7th for Sainz. Verstappen topped the first round of Qualifying and on only his 2nd Qualifying in F1 Liam Lawson made it through to Q2 finishing 12th, Piastri left it late to get out of the bottom 5 but put in a solid last lap and sadly after a strong showing at Zandvoort both Alpine cars were out in Q1.
1 VER 2 ALB
3 LEC 4 TSU
5 PER 6 SAR
7 SAI 8 HAM
9 NOR 10 ALO
11 PIA 12 LAW
13 RUS 14 BOT
15 HUL 16 ZHO
17 GAS 18 OCO
19 MAG 20 STR
1 VER 2 LEC
3 SAI 4 PER
5 ALB 6 HAM
7 RUS 8 PIA
9 ALO 10 NOR
11 TSU 12 LAW
13 HUL 14 BOT
Q2- Medium Tyre
Q2 began with the news that both Ferrari drivers were under investigation for ' not following the Race Directors instruction' this was in reference to the addition of a minimum time to set your out lap, in an effort to avoid dangerous traffic at the end of the lap impeding car on fast laps trying to orchestrate a tow with their team mate or just gain track position, after the session the FIA would state no further action would be taken against the Scuderia.
Regardless of that hanging over the Ferrari's they came out flying and after Albon had set a cracking time that beat both Redbull drivers times, his time was beaten by Leclerc, followed quickly by Sainz going fastest and breaking the 1.20 barrier.
When the cars returned to the track to make their last runs there was a big queue of cars scrapping over track position and who was going to lead them all around essentially compromising their own lap before they started it. Verstappen set the fastest time, with the 2 Ferrari's of Leclerc and Sainz in 2nd and 3rd. Norris narrowly made it into Q3 by just 13 thousandths of a second over Yuki Tsunoda in 11th. followed by team mate Lawson, HAAS's Nico Hulkenburg, Bottas and Sargeant. in the drop out zone.
Q3- Soft Tyre
Max lead the pack out and despite a mistake meaning he touched the gravel on the outside of the track still managed to go 3 tenths faster than team mate Sergio Perez could, but that was quickly beaten by the Ferrari of Leclerc with Sainz quickly beating the times of both men by just 0.032 of a second, it was close after the first runs with Albon in a solid 5th and Hamilton and Alonso down in 9th & 10th.
2 minutes left on the clock and all the cars were out and preping for their fastest laps of the weekend, Verstappen hadn't displayed his usual domiance in Qualifying and the Tifosi around Monza were starting to sniff the chance of a Ferrari pole at home. Leclerc was on a great lap but Verstappen again was going faster beating the purple sectors set by the lead Ferrari to go top as he crossed the line but Sainz was on a MIghty run at Monza and took pole with a truely brilliant lap Screaming over the radio 'TELL ME WE GOT IT' showing his real passion and pride in giving the Ferraris fans the Pole they deserved. Russell had a great lap to go 4th, Perez 5th, Albon again showing his skill putting the Williams in 6th, Piastri in 7th out qualified team mate Norris who could ony manage 9th behind the Mercedes of Hamilton in 8th and Alonso made up the last of the top 10.
A Ferrari Pole at Monza. Be you a Ferrari fan or not, you can't not enjoy seeing the sea of red dance and show the kind of love very few will ever feel and even less with truly inspire and even this die hard Mclaren fan had a smile on their face watching them celebrate.
Writer @ F1 Journal
Lets hope for the Tifosi's sake the Ferrari's give them the show they are hoping for and with Monza being Max Verstappen's worst track statistically so a Scuderia win could be on the cards.
The first headline of Practice 1 at Monza was the addition of 2022 F2 Champion Felipe Drugovich taking the helm of Lance Strolls Aston Martin, along with Ferrari and Mclaren bringing major front and rear wing updates to their cars for Monza.
The practice 1 session started with the teams taking the time they need to test updates and the cars long and fast lap pace,
'Despite it being their home race, Alfa Romeo had a terrible day with both cars suffering a software issue and then both drivers complaining that the 'rear is stalling' with Bottas calling the car 'undriveable'.
From there it was a very amicable practice for all with teams and drivers managing to get into their long runs and working on the car, like Mclaren who had the highvis paint out earlier than others. At the end pf the session Verstappen topped the times followed closely by Sainz and Perez in 3rd and the sister Ferrari of Leclerc in 4th.
Practice 1 Result
1 VER 2 SAI
3 PER 4 LEC
5 RUS 6 ALO
7 NOR 8 HAM
9 TSU 10 ALB
11 PIA 12 SAR
13 LAW 14 GAS
15 BOT 16 HUL
17 OCO 18 DRU
19 MAG 20 ZHO
Practice 2- Dry
It was a mixed bag of tyres at the start of FP2, Saegeant was the only man out on the soft at the start of the session, with Piastri, Hulkenberg, Stroll and Magnussen ran the hard and the rest of the grid ran the medium tyres. Strolls hard tyre running was brief as just before the Ascari the car lost power and he was forced to retire from the session despite the teams best effort to fix the car on track and a red flag was necessary to recover the car.
The running got go again at with 50 minutes left of the session we saw the first pace laps start to hit the board just 4 minutes later.
But like the first practice traffic and fighting to get the powerful tow practiced before Qualifying. But despite this the Ferrari's looked fast with Sainz topping the times early on and only getting faster for the rest of the session, Piastri struggled to get a fast lap after being blocked by the 'tow traffic' but did in the end manage to hook up a lap that put him inside the top 10.
30 to go and it was still a mixed bag or tyres, now with Alonso, Albon & Magnussen on softs, Piastri & Hulkenberg on hards and the rest of the feild were running the Mediums.
27 minutes to go and the times really started to tumble the Mclarens set fastest laps, quickly beaten by Carlos Sainz and from then on teams started their long run high fue runs and we started to see the strengths of the different teams race pace in the range of tyres they had on in FP2 until with ( minutes to go Perez has a huge moment coming around turn 11 gojng sideways across the gravel, wich will have hurt the floor of the Redbull. After the Monza Marshalls did a great job of rapidly cleaning the Redbull car off the track left the cars with 3 minutes on the clock. All the cars came out and went for a final lap but for the most part the driers left the pits so the could make their practice starts at the end off the session.
Sainz finished top, Norris 2nd and Perez 3rd.
Practice 2 Result
1 SAI 2 NOR
3 PER 4 PIA
5 VER 6 LEC
7 ALB 8 ALO
9 RUS 10 HUL
11 MAG 12 BOT
13 GAS 14 TSU
15 OCO 16 SAR
17 HAM 18 LAW
19 ZHO 20 STR
Writer @ F1 Journal