Nico Rosberg has topped the timesheets for the first practice session of the Singapore Grand Prix, three-tenths of a second clear of his team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg took control of the session from the get go, taking advantage of his fourth and final power unit for the season, setting the benchmark within the first 20 minutes with a 1:49.473. Hamilton occupied second position for most of the session, while Daniel Ricciardo was a fraction off Hamilton in third.

Daniil Kvyat was unable to join his team-mate and demonstrate the strong aero package Red Bull Racing, as a lack of power saw him sidelined in the garage for the majority of the session, he was only able to complete eight laps compared to Ricciardo’s 21.

The Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen enjoyed a troubled free session, apart from Vettel’s excursion off the track where he understeered off at Turn 4. Despite the late mistake he finished the session in fourth while Räikkönen was three-tenths behind in fifth.

Toro Rosso’s brought an upgraded aero package this weekend, from which both Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz largely benefited. Both cars ended the session in the top ten with Verstappen leading the charge in seventh, under a tenth of a second behind Valtteri Bottas in the Williams. Sainz placed two positions behind in ninth behind Nico Hülkenberg.

Alexander Rossi made his official Formula 1 debut with Manor, impressing on his first run against Will Stevens. The American spent almost half of the session with the upper hand on Stevens, until the Briton responded by pipping Rossi’s best time by 0.017 seconds.

Rossi’s strong debut came to an end four minutes early when he momentarily lost control of his Manor and crashed into the barriers at Turn 18. His accident brought out the red flag which ended the first practice session.


2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix – Free Practice 1 Results
Pos Driver   Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Nico Rosberg de Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid 1:47.995   27
2. Lewis Hamilton uk Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid 1:48.314 + 0.319 24
3. Daniel Ricciardo au Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 1:48.331 + 0.336 21
4. Sebastian Vettel de Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T 1:48.494 + 0.499 23
5. Kimi Räikkönen fi Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T 1:48.785 + 0.790 20
6. Valtteri Bottas fi Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 1:49.380 + 1.385 19
7. Max Verstappen nl Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 1:49.466 + 1.471 17
8. Nico Hülkenberg de Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08B 1:49.854 + 1.859 21
9. Carlos Sainz es Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 1:50.019 + 2.024 28
10. Pastor Maldonado ve Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid 1:50.068 + 2.073 21
11. Fernando Alonso es McLaren Honda MP4-30 1:50.123 + 2.128 21
12. Sergio Pérez mx Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08B 1:50.125 + 2.130 23
13. Felipe Nasr br Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 1:50.158 + 2.163 18
14. Romain Grosjean fr Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid 1:50.341 + 2.346 23
15. Jenson Button uk McLaren Honda MP4-30 1:50.455 + 2.460 21
16. Marcus Ericsson se Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 1:50.883 + 2.888 21
17. Felipe Massa br Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 1:51.035 + 3.040 18
18. Daniil Kvyat ru Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 1:51.188 + 3.193 8
19. Will Stevens uk Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03B 1:53.903 + 5.908 20
20. Alexander Rossi us Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03B 1:53.918 + 5.923 18

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