Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen ended up as the fastest in FP1 of F1 Singapore GP from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
The FP1 of F1 Singapore GP at Marina Bay Sands circuit was red-flagged when Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas clouted the tyre barrier at Turn 19 after a little snap as he couldn’t turn the car right on time.
Earlier the Finn had grazed the wall which damaged his wheel rim on the first set of tyres which they were to return to Pirelli anyways. In the meantime, Red Bull’s Verstappen headed the way with a 1m40.259s lap.
It was Ferrari’s Vettel in second with a 1m40.426s lap with Mercedes’ Hamilton (1m40.925s) and Bottas (1m41.336s) following – both setting their respective times on the hard compound to the soft for the Top 2.
It was a long list of soft runners then with Red Bull’s Alexander Albon (1m41.467s) in fifth ahead of Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg (1m41.812s) as they were followed by the two McLaren cars.
It was Carlos Sainz (1m42.005s) ahead of Lando Norris (1m42.180s), with the latter having an off moment post red flag. The Top 10 had the two Toro Rosso with Daniil Kvyat (1m42.305s) ahead of Pierre Gasly (1m42.377s).
Just outside the top half, it was Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo (1m42.527s) in 11th from Haas’ Romain Grosjean (1m42.630s) with Alfa Romeo Racing’s Antonio Giovinazzi (1m42.677s) in 13th.
A late improvement helped his teammate Kimi Raikkonen (1m42.786s) to 14th with Racing Point’s Lance Stroll (1m42.791s) 15th ahead of Haas’ Kevin Magnussen (1m43.150s) and Williams’ Robert Kubica (1m43.336s).
Kubica ran medium tyres with Racing Point’s Sergio Perez (1m43.369s) in 18th from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc (1m43.618s) and Williams’ George Russell (1m43.993s) – with the Monegasque having gearbox issues.