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Verstappen On Top at Singapore Free Practice 1

Max Verstappen put his Red Bull on top of the time sheets in the first Free Practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Circuit.

Verstappen set a time of 1:45.823 on the super softs to take him to the top of the time sheets. His team mate Daniel Ricciardo was second fastest for the session setting a best time of 1:45.872 just 0.049s off the pace.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel put his Ferrari 3rd fastest with a time of 1:46.287 just a little under half a second off Verstappen’s lap time. Vettel was pushing hard early on in the session. He brushed the wall coming out of Turn 20.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finished 4th and 5th fastest respectively. They each shared the fastest time of the session for brief periods until Verstappen and Ricciardo put in their lap times. Rosberg’s session ended prematurely as he made contact with the barrier at Turn 18. He sustained front wing damage and a puncture.

6th Fastest of the session was Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari 1.067s off the pace. He was in the garage for most of the session and emerged quite late in the session for his shot at a timed lap.

The Toro Rosso pair of Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat were 7th and 8th fastest respectively. Finishing 9th for Williams was Felipe Massa ahead of Esteban Gutierrez in 10th for the Haas F1 team.

The conditions for FP1 are not representative of the conditions that we will see during qualifying and the race. Free Practice 2 should give us a better indication of where each team stands. Early indications are that Red Bull may have one over Mercedes.

Free Practice 1 Classification

Pos. Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:45.823 25
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:45.872 +0.049 27
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:46.287 +0.464 22
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:46.426 +0.603 24
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:46.513 +0.690 22
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:46.890 +1.067 20
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:46.936 +1.113 28
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:47.683 +1.860 29
9 Felipe Massa Williams 1:48.044 +2.221 27
10 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:48.109 +2.286 23
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:48.202 +2.379 21
12 Sergio Perez Force India 1:48.214 +2.391 28
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:48.359 +2.536 28
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:48.453 +2.630 26
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:49.595 +3.772 16
16 Jenson Button McLaren 1:49.615 +3.792 20
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:49.794 +3.971 27
18 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:50.263 +4.440 29
19 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:51.112 +5.289 23
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:51.479 +5.656 16
21 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:52.379 +6.556 33
22 Romain Grosjean Haas 2

Photo credit: Red Bull Racing Formula One Team

 

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Ritesh likes to think he is a true Tifosi, but he still remains fair to other teams. He supports two other teams which are not Red Bull and McLaren. Follow Ritesh on twitter @Humanshield_1

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2017 Belgian GP Broadcast Times

CDTBSTGMT+2Local
Free Practice 1Friday 03:00Friday 09:00Friday 10:00Friday 10:00
Free Practice 2Friday 08:00Friday 13:00Friday 14:00Friday 14:00
Free Practice 3Saturday 04:00Saturday 10:00Saturday 11:00Saturday 11:00
QualifyingSaturday 08:00Saturday 13:00Saturday 14:00Saturday 14:00
RaceSunday 08:00Sunday 13:00Sunday 14:00Sunday 14:00

2017 Drivers Championship

Pos.DriverPoints
1 Sebastian Vettel202
2 Lewis Hamilton188
3 Valtteri Bottas169
4 Daniel Ricciardo117
5 Kimi Raikkonen116
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