Verstappen tops opening practice as Bottas crashes out

Marina Bay, Singapore

Singapore Grand Prix – Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen completed the opening practice at Marina Bay as fastest man, ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

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Max Verstappen has finished opening practice at Marina Bay in Singapore as quickest man. Clocking a 1:40.259 on the Soft tyre, the Dutch driver ended up 0.167 clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Mercedes were up next in P3 and P4 with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas respectively, over half a second down on the leading duo. But, neither Mercedes driver used the Soft tyre for their fastest time, suggesting that they have quite a bit of pace kept hidden away at this early stage of the weekend.

Bottas’ session ended early as he crashed at Turn 19 after losing the rear on inital turn in. He’d made an earlier minor error at the same corner but was caught out in more dramatic fashion with twenty minutes remaining.

A red flag was deployed while the stricken W10 was recovered by the marshals, with Bottas holding his hands up as he apologised to his team over the radio.

Alexander Albon finished P5 in the second Red Bull and over a second down on teammate Max Verstappen, while Nico Hulkenberg suggested Renault’s Monza pace might not be a once off as he finished P6.

The McLarens of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris were P7 & P8 respectively, while Daniil Kvyat led a Toro 9-10 as he and Pierre Gasly rounded out the top half of the field.

Daniel Ricciardo was P11 in the second Renault, while Romain Grosjean led Haas’ charge in practice by finishing P12. Antonio Giovinazzi was P13 for Alfa Romeo, with Kimi Raikkonen just behind him in P14.

Lance Stroll finished P15 for Racing Point, Kevin Magnussen P16 for Haas and Robert Kubica P17 for Williams.

Sergio Perez was P18 in the second Racing Point. Charles Leclerc finished P19 for Ferrari, having encountered a gearbox failure halfway through the session. He was unable to get back out on track after the problem, meaning he fell down the order after being one of the early pacesetters.

Williams’ George Russell rounded out the order in P20.

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