The absence of the dominant cars towards the front of the grid for the race is the chance for several of the other top teams to make a play for victory.
Sainz and Leclerc, in P1 and P3, have a strong shot at a win. They are split up on the grid by George Russell in P2.
Sainz not just focused on Leclerc
Sainz hopes to continue a streak of impressive performances after the recent Italian Grand Prix, when he took pole position and eventually third place in the race, ahead of Leclerc in P4.
The difference here that could work in the Spaniard’s favour is the difficulty of overtaking. The circuit has many demanding twists and turns, a lot of which are tight, which make speeding past your competition all the more difficult.
After qualifying, Sainz told DAZN-ES: "You have to be ahead of everyone in the classification, not [just] Leclerc.
“It is better to start at the front and go down than to start at the back and have to pass. In Singapore the classification is important because in Monza you could pass.
“I’m looking forward to it after a good weekend at Monza, we want to continue the streak and continue having a great time.”
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