Singapore GP F1 practice: Rosberg fastest as Hamilton struggles

Nico Rosberg edged out Max Verstappen in final practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, while Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton failed to complete a qualifying simulation.

Singapore GP F1 practice: Rosberg fastest as Hamilton struggles

Rosberg clocked a 1m44.352s on ultra-soft Pirelli tyres to finish just 0.059s clear of Red Bull driver Verstappen, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen third.

Hamilton was two-tenths up on Rosberg's fastest time in the first sector on his first flying lap on ultra-softs, but locked up the left-front wheel and had to release the brakes and take to the escape road.

This was the second time in the session that Hamilton had locked up at Turn 7 and followed a scruffy second practice session, during which he failed to complete a clean low-fuel run.

The reigning world champion, who ended the session eighth based on his earlier lap on super-soft Pirellis, also complained about heat coming through the right-hand side of the seat and around the right elbow.

Rosberg led the way early in the session with a 1m45.544s on the super-softs, 0.25s ahead of Hamilton on the same rubber, and improved by 1.2s when he swapped to the ultra-softs.

Verstappen, who was amused to see a giant lizard waiting next to the track as he passed before it crossed the road early in the session, set the fastest middle sector as he slotted into second.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest, half a second slower than his team-mate, with Sebastian Vettel having a difficult session in fifth and complaining of a lack of rear-end grip.

Force India continued its good form this weekend with Nico Hulkenberg sixth, ahead of Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat and Hamilton, whose best lap was on the super-softs.

Carlos Sainz Jr and Valtteri Bottas completed the top 10.

Pascal Wehrlein brought out the red flag early in the session when he lost the rear in the Turn 11 right-hander and backed into the barrier.

The German damaged the rear wing and dropped debris on the track as he returned to the pits, causing a five-minute stoppage.

He spent much of the session in the garage but after a rear wing and floor change, Manor got him back out for the final few minutes and he was able to post 21st fastest time ahead of team-mate Esteban Ocon.

Esteban Gutierrez outperformed his Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean, finishing more than a second quicker in 13th.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes 1m44.352s - 15
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Red Bull/Renault 1m44.411s 0.059s 15
3 Kimi Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 1m44.860s 0.508s 15
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing Red Bull/Renault 1m44.903s 0.551s 12
5 Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 1m45.104s 0.752s 13
6 Nico Hulkenberg Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India/Mercedes 1m45.316s 0.964s 13
7 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m45.503s 1.151s 19
8 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes 1m45.806s 1.454s 9
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m45.879s 1.527s 17
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams Martini Racing Williams/Mercedes 1m45.947s 1.595s 16
11 Sergio Perez Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India/Mercedes 1m46.112s 1.760s 15
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda McLaren/Honda 1m46.164s 1.812s 13
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas F1 Team Haas/Ferrari 1m46.316s 1.964s 16
14 Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing Williams/Mercedes 1m46.529s 2.177s 17
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport F1 Team Renault 1m47.116s 2.764s 11
16 Jenson Button McLaren Honda McLaren/Honda 1m47.277s 2.925s 16
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber F1 Team Sauber/Ferrari 1m47.293s 2.941s 18
18 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team Haas/Ferrari 1m47.411s 3.059s 20
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber F1 Team Sauber/Ferrari 1m47.956s 3.604s 20
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport F1 Team Renault 1m48.689s 4.337s 13
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor Racing MRT Manor/Mercedes 1m49.201s 4.849s 10
22 Esteban Ocon Manor Racing MRT Manor/Mercedes 1m49.565s 5.213s 14



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