Sebastian Vettel refused to take a more cautious approach in final practice for the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix. His aggressive style around the Marina Bay Street Circuit saw him tag the wall in Friday’s second practice session, but the German threw his Ferrari between the barriers en route to the fastest overall time.
The four-time World Champion led a Ferrari 1-2 on the timesheets, finishing three-tenths of a second clear of teammate Kimi Räikkönen as the Italian team dominated proceedings in the final one-hour session.
Their immediate rivals Mercedes tried vainly to keep pace, but Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas still found themselves over half a second adrift of Vettel’s ultimate pace.
Red Bull Racing continued a Noah’s Ark theme on the timesheets, but were a disappointing fifth- and sixth-fastest at a circuit where the RB14 chassis was expected to excel. Daniel Ricciardo outpaced teammate Max Verstappen by less than seven-hundredths of a second, although neither driver spent much time on the Hypersoft tyre compound that will be used heavily in this evening’s qualifying session.
Romain Grosjean claimed ‘best of the rest’ honours for the Haas F1 Team, with the Frenchman leading a tight midfield scrap ahead. He finished ahead of the Force India pairing of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Pérez, who both showed improved speed after being relatively off the pace in Friday’s two practice sessions.
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso rounded out the top ten, with the gap between him and sixteenth-placed Charles Leclerc’s Sauber spanning just 0.6 seconds.
|FORMULA 1 2018 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE SESSION 3 TIMES|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap||Laps|
|1.||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari SF71H||1:38.054||19|
|2.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari SF71H||1:38.416||+ 0.362||16|
|3.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport F1W09||1:38.558||+ 0.504||14|
|4.||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport F1W09||1:38.603||+ 0.549||17|
|5.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14||1:39.186||+ 1.132||14|
|6.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14||1:39.265||+ 1.211||10|
|7.||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Team Ferrari VF-18||1:39.747||+ 1.693||14|
|8.||Esteban Ocon||Force India F1 Team Mercedes VJM11||1:40.073||+ 2.019||14|
|9.||Sergio Pérez||Force India F1 Team Mercedes VJM11||1:40.231||+ 2.177||14|
|10.||Fernando Alonso||McLaren F1 Team Renault MCL33||1:40.254||+ 2.200||10|
|11.||Nico Hülkenberg||Renault Sport F1 Team RS18||1:40.450||+ 2.396||17|
|12.||Kevin Magnussen||Haas F1 Team Ferrari VF-18||1:40.559||+ 2.505||13|
|13.||Carlos Sainz Jr||Renault Sport F1 Team RS18||1:40.591||+ 2.537||14|
|14.||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda STR13||1:40.686||+ 2.632||16|
|15.||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren F1 Team Renault MCL33||1:40.798||+ 2.744||15|
|16.||Charles Leclerc||Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C37||1:40.915||+ 2.861||20|
|17.||Brendon Hartley||Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda STR13||1:41.562||+ 3.508||18|
|18.||Sergey Sirotkin||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW41||1:41.884||+ 3.830||19|
|19.||Marcus Ericsson||Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C37||1:41.953||+ 3.899||18|
|20.||Lance Stroll||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW41||1:42.220||+ 4.166||18|
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