Eleventh in qualifying, Briton George Russell (Mercedes) will finally leave the pit lane at the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, for an illegal engine change.
Change in the starting grid for the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. Indeed, initially eleventh, the Briton George Russell will finally start from the pit lane this Sunday. The driver was penalized, due to an illegal engine change carried out on his Mercedes. It is after a missed qualification, this Saturday, that the British team had then decided to carry out this installation of new engine parts on Russell’s single-seater. Knowing that per season, there is a specific quota to respect on this subject. And this quota has therefore been exceeded for Mercedes. Moreover, it is under a “closed park” regime that these same changes have been made. At that time, the rule is that the teams no longer touch their single-seaters, except in the event of authorization. But this authorization, Mercedes did not have it.
Leclerc will start in pole position
In his very first season with Mercedes, Briton George Russell, now 24, currently sits fourth in the overall Formula 1 world championship standings, trailing by a total of 132 points on the current leader of this same world championship, namely the reigning Dutch world champion Max Verstappen, a resident of the Red Bull team. Russell is doing better than his teammate and compatriot Lewis Hamilton, sixth and seven-time world champion in the specialty. The Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix will start at 2:00 p.m. French time. It is the Monegasque Charles Leclerc, resident of the Ferrari team, who will then start in pole position, for this 17th of the 22 rounds of the world championship in the discipline. Verstappen, who is 116 points ahead of Leclerc, will start eighth on the same starting grid.