FP1: Red Bull takes the lead in Singapore

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Singapore, Marina Bay Street Circuitsg

Red Bull Racing have made the best possible start to the Singapore race weekend by seeing both its cars at the sharp end of the timesheet of FP1. Daniel Ricciardo was faster than his team mate while Sebastian Vettel ended a close third fastest for Ferrari.

Kimi Raikkonen, who announced his Ferrari departure just days ago, was 4th fastest, ahead of Nico Hülkenberg. Hamilton was only 6th fastest, although it should be noted that this session is hardly relevent for any further running this weekend, given it's just afternoon, while other session will be completed at later hours. Furthermore, neither Mercedes used Pirelli's hyper soft tyre, a choice that might explain up to a second a lap.

Hamilton therefore ended up in between both Renault drivers as Sainz was 7th fastest, ahead of Valtteri Bottas.

Sauber's Leclerc and Romain Grosjean completed the top 10. The former however clipped the wall near the end of the session, breaking the front right suspension and forcing him to park his car slightly earlier than expected.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
13Daniel RicciardoRED BULL RACING TAG HEUER1:39.711-27
233Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING TAG HEUER1:39.912+0.201s27
35Sebastian VettelFERRARI1:39.997+0.286s23
47Kimi RäikkönenFERRARI1:40.486+0.775s21
527Nico HulkenbergRENAULT1:41.105+1.394s26
644Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:41.232+1.521s28
755Carlos SainzRENAULT1:41.329+1.618s23
877Valtteri BottasMERCEDES1:41.429+1.718s28
916Charles LeclercSAUBER FERRARI1:42.035+2.324s24
108Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI1:42.108+2.397s21
119Marcus EricssonSAUBER FERRARI1:42.408+2.697s23
1211Sergio PerezFORCE INDIA MERCEDES1:42.412+2.701s25
1320Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:42.452+2.741s20
1414Fernando AlonsoMCLAREN RENAULT1:42.630+2.919s23
1531Esteban OconFORCE INDIA MERCEDES1:43.177+3.466s25
1610Pierre GaslySCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA1:43.240+3.529s25
1728Brendon HartleySCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA1:43.485+3.774s30
1818Lance StrollWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:43.849+4.138s30
1935Sergey SirotkinWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:44.036+4.325s29
202Stoffel VandoorneMCLAREN RENAULT1:45.160+5.449s11