Ricciardo tops FP1 as Red Bull leads the way


Red Bull drew first blood in Singapore as Daniel Ricciardo topped the timesheet in the weekend's first free practice session.

Full Results:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:42.489s 21
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:42.598s + 0.109s 21
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:42.610s + 0.121s 23
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:42.904s + 0.415s 27
5 Sergio Pérez Force India 1:43.423s + 0.934s 25
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:43.434s + 0.945s 27
7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:43.734s + 1.245s 25
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:43.759s + 1.270s 19
9 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:44.101s + 1.612s 24
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:44.220s + 1.731s 25
11 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:44.340s + 1.851s 25
12 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:44.961s + 2.472s 25
13 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:45.053s + 2.564s 25
14 Felipe Massa Williams 1:45.084s + 2.595s 27
15 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:46.456s + 3.967s 20
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Haas 1:46.782s + 4.293s 27
17 Lance Stroll Williams 1:47.190s + 4.701s 11
18 Sean Gelael Toro Rosso 1:47.570s + 5.081s 26
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:47.699s + 5.210s 23
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:47.886s + 5.397s 24

The Aussie edged out Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel  by 0.10s and team mate Max Verstappen by 0.12s, while Lewis Hamilton almost half a second adrift in P4.

The session got underway on a track which was still damp in several areas following afternoon shower, with kerbs holding a fair amount of water.

Drivers were therefore slow to get their work session underway, but Mercedes eventually got down to business with Hamilton leading the way, followed by a competitive looking Red Bull pair.

Verstappen lost no time in claiming the top spot from Mercedes on hi second set of ultrasoft tyres, but as the session progressed, Ricciardo upped the pace came into his own, set the quickest time and a new lap record with a 1:42.489.

Behind Hamilton,  Sergio Perez put in a strong effort, ending the session P5 for Force India, but the man right behind the Mexican was anything but happy with his performance.

Valtteri Bottas appeared troubled throughout the initial session, complaining of his Mercedes W08's unstable rear end which he labeled as "undriveable".

Kimi Raikkonen was 1.2s off the fastest time, just beating Fernando Alonso to P7. The McLaren man put in a mighty lap but still struggled with power unit issues during the 90-minute session.

Nico Hulkenberg and Dani Kvyat rounded out the top ten for Renault and Toro Rosso while rookie Sean Gelael  kept himself in check with a clean session and a P18 result.

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