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