FP3: Vettel tops final practice in Singapore

Published on 15 Sep 2018 13:00

Sebastian Vettel has topped the final practice session at Singapore, setting an impressive lap time of 1:38.054. The German headed his teammate Kimi Raikkonen to make it a Ferrari one-two as the teams ran their final preparations before qualifying. 

Raikkonen was over three-tenths of a second down, but the Mercedes' were even further behind. Lewis Hamilton ended the session in third place, half a second down on Vettel. Valtteri Bottas was less than half a tenth down on teammate Hamilton.

Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen filled out the third row, however Red Bull will be disappointed by the gap to the front. Both cars were over a second down on Vettel's time, despite hoping it would be able to compete with Ferrari and Mercedes this weekend. 

Romain Grosjean once again demonstrated his impressive second half of the season pace, ending the session in P7. The Frenchman's future is yet to be decided, however it is likely that he will remain with Haas for the 2019 season.

Behind Grosjean was the Force India pair of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez. Ocon ousted his teammate by a tenth and a half, while Fernando Alonso followed the pink panthers to complete the top ten.

Nico Hulkenberg failed to break into the top ten after having a big snap in the final corner on his qualifying simulation run. The Renault driver was eleventh, ahead of Kevin Magnussen who will be hoping for a stronger result come qualifying.

The second Renault of Carlos Sainz was P13, ahead of Pierre Gasly and Stoffel Vandoorne. After being announced as a Ferrari driver for 2019, Charles Leclerc will be looking to impress and improve on his sixteenth place finish in FP3.

Brendon Hartley followed the Monegasque driver, while the final positions were filled out by Sergey Sirotkin, Marcus Ericsson and Lance Stroll. Qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix gets underway at 21:00 local time.


Fergal Walsh

15 September 2018 - Grand Prix of Singapore - Free practice 3
  Driver Team Time Difference #
1. DE Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:38.054 19
2. FI Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:38.416 +0.362 16
3. GB Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:38.558 +0.504 14
4. FI Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:38.603 +0.549 17
5. AU Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:39.186 +1.132 14
6. NL Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:39.265 +1.211 10
7. FR Romain Grosjean Haas F1 1:39.747 +1.693 14
8. FR Esteban Ocon Racing Point Force India 1:40.073 +2.019 14
9. MX Sergio Perez Racing Point Force India 1:40.231 +2.177 14
10. ES Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:40.254 +2.200 10
11. DE Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:40.450 +2.396 17
12. DK Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 1:40.559 +2.505 13
13. ES Carlos Sainz jr Renault 1:40.591 +2.537 14
14. FR Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:40.686 +2.632 16
15. BE Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:40.798 +2.744 15
16. MC Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:40.915 +2.861 20
17. NZ Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:41.562 +3.508 18
18. RU Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:41.884 +3.830 19
19. SE Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:41.953 +3.899 18
20. CA Lance Stroll Williams 1:42.220 +4.166 18
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Replies (1)
US mcbhargav 15 Sep 2018 15:320
Posts: 732
Grosjean is consistently performing good. Hope he would be able to convert it into a good chuck of points

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