Max Verstappen has put himself on match point with his victory in Monza. On October 2, he can become world champion for the second time in Singapore. Oops, that was what set the alarm clock? Well no, because of the evening race on the Marina Bay Circuit, everything takes place in the Dutch afternoon.

    The Formula 1 circus is back in Singapore for the first time since 2019. In the years 2020 and 2021, the event was canceled due to the corona pandemic. This year will not be the last time that the street circuit will be driven. The contract was extended to 2028 earlier this year.

    Ferrari has fond memories of the Singapore circuit. In 2019, Verstappen started fourth, behind Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sébastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. In the race, the Dutchman took another spot from Hamilton, and had to settle for third place. Vettel won the race ahead of teammate Leclerc.

    Chance of World Championship

    This year there is more at stake for Verstappen: he can become world champion. The Dutchman is now 116 points ahead of Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc and 125 points ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez. So what has to happen to become world champion?

    If Verstappen wins the Singapore Grand Prix, drives the fastest lap and takes 26 points, Leclerc can take a maximum of four points. If the Monegask finishes in the top 7, he takes more points than four. He may therefore finish eighth at most in Singapore. At the same time, Perez is not allowed to take more than thirteen points. If the Mexican does not make the podium, he takes a maximum of 12 points and can no longer overtake Verstappen.


    All times are Dutch times

    12.00: first free practice
    3 p.m.: second free practice

    12.00: third free practice
    3 p.m.: qualification

    14.00 hours: race