Sebastian Vettel has topped the final practice session at the Singapore Grand Prix and put himself in prime position for qualifying, clearing the rest of the field by almost half a second.

The next-quickest runner was fellow Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen who narrowly finished ahead of Friday pace-setter Daniil Kvyat.

The dominance of Vettel and Ferrari was highlighted by Vettel being the sole driver to crack the 1m46s whilst on the soft compound tyre. The next best effort came from Kvyat in the Red Bull, who was four-tenths of a second slower than the Ferrari.

Although Ferrari locked the top two positions, the story was again focused on Mercedes and how much pace they’re lacking. Lewis Hamilton could only manage a 1:46.082, which was a whopping 1.1 seconds adrift from Vettel’s benchmark.

Nico Rosberg failed to make an impression in the other Mercedes, he was four tenths off Hamilton’s time and 1.5 seconds from Vettel’s. Mercedes will definitely have their work cut out for them in qualifying, entering the session on the back foot for the first time this season.

Red Bull Racing continued their impressive weekend with Daniil Kvyat in third and Daniel Ricciardo in fourth. Kvyat continued to hold an  edge over Ricciardo this weekend, spending a good portion of the session occupying the top spot.

Ricciardo was the first of the top runners to make the switch to the super soft tyres and went quickest, although his time was far from convincing as it was only three and a half tenths quicker than Vettel’s time on the soft compound.

McLaren made a massive improvement as Fernando Alonso broke into the top ten and finished seventh, just 0.014 seconds slower than Rosberg’s best time. Jenson Button was a bit further down the grid in thirteenth, finishing a tenth behind Nico Hülkenberg.

The Toro Rosso duo of Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen finished the session in the top ten once again, which confirmed the new major upgrade brought to Singapore is having a positive effect on the STR10.

Manor enjoyed a trouble free session with both Alexander Rossi and Will Stevens completing more laps than anyone else in the field, in order to make up for yesterday’s incidents. Rossi racked up a total of 26 laps and finished 2.7 seconds ahead of Stevens, who lapped the street circuit 22 times.

Marcus Ericsson rounded out the top ten for Sauber 1.8 seconds off Vettel’s benchmark.


2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix – Free Practice 3 Results
Pos Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel de Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T 1:45.682 12
2. Kimi Räikkönen fi Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T 1:46.132 + 0.450 12
3. Daniil Kvyat ru Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 1:46.167 + 0.485 19
4. Daniel Ricciardo au Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 1:46.359 + 0.677 14
5. Lewis Hamilton uk Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid 1:46.802 + 1.120 15
6. Nico Rosberg de Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid 1:47.223 + 1.541 16
7. Fernando Alonso es McLaren Honda MP4-30 1:47.237 + 1.555 14
8. Carlos Sainz es Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 1:47.301 + 1.619 18
9. Max Verstappen nl Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 1:47.464 + 1.782 17
10. Marcus Ericsson se Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 1:47.568 + 1.886 20
11. Valtteri Bottas fi Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 1:47.587 + 1.905 20
12. Nico Hülkenberg de Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08B 1:47.640 + 1.958 16
13. Jenson Button uk McLaren Honda MP4-30 1:47.715 + 2.033 14
14. Felipe Massa br Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 1:47.733 + 2.051 21
15. Pastor Maldonado ve Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid 1:47.817 + 2.135 16
16. Sergio Pérez mx Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08B 1:48.002 + 2.320 15
17. Romain Grosjean fr Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid 1:48.116 + 2.434 15
18. Felipe Nasr br Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 1:48.932 + 3.250 20
19. Alexander Rossi us Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03B 1:52.588 + 6.906 26
20. Will Stevens uk Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03B 1:55.293 + 9.611 22

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