Ricciardo sets early pace at Singapore

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Singapore, Marina Bay Street Circuitsg

Red Bull Racing and Ferrari immediately put the pressure on Mercedes in the first practice session at Singapore, pushing the fastest Mercdes of Lewis Hamilton down into 4th. The result confirms Mercedes' earlier claims that Singapore is unlikely to be their strongest event.

As earlier races in the season have shown, Ferrari and Red Bull are more able to put the pressure on the Silver Arrows when it comes to high downforce tracks. This showed as Daniel Ricciardo topped the first session at Marina Bay, ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen.

While the three fastest men were closely matched, Lewis Hamilton was more than 4 tenths down while fifth fastest Perez nearly a second down on the pace setting Red Bull.

Valtteri Bottas followed up in 6th, ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. Fernando Alonso, Nico hulkenberg and Daniil Kvyat completed the top 10.

The time of the session however makes it one of the least relevant of the weekend, as at was run at dusk, while qualifying and the race are set to be run later in the evening, hence most likely featuring cooler conditions.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
13Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:42.489-21
25Sebastian VettelFerrari1:42.598+0.109s21
333Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:42.610+0.121s23
444Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:42.904+0.415s27
511Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes1:43.423+0.934s25
677Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:43.434+0.945s27
77Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:43.734+1.245s25
814Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:43.759+1.270s19
927Nico HulkenbergRenault1:44.101+1.612s24
1026Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:44.220+1.731s25
112Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren Honda1:44.340+1.851s25
1230Jolyon PalmerRenault1:44.961+2.472s25
1331Esteban OconForce India Mercedes1:45.053+2.564s25
1419Felipe MassaWilliams Mercedes1:45.084+2.595s27
158Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:46.456+3.967s20
1650Antonio GiovinazziHaas Ferrari1:46.782+4.293s27
1718Lance StrollWilliams Mercedes1:47.190+4.701s11
1838Sean GelaelToro Rosso1:47.570+5.081s26
199Marcus EricssonSauber Ferrari1:47.699+5.210s23
2094Pascal WehrleinSauber Ferrari1:47.886+5.397s24