Singapore GP FP1: Daniel Ricciardo fastest for Red Bull

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo pipped Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to top spot in the opening Formula 1 free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore GP FP1: Daniel Ricciardo fastest for Red Bull

Ricciardo posted a 1m42.489s on the second flying lap on his second set of ultra-soft tyres to secure the fastest time with 26 minutes remaining of the one-and-a-half hour session.

Vettel, also on his second flier on ultra-softs, posted a time 0.109s slower to take second five minutes later to deny Red Bull a one-two by relegating Max Verstappen to third place.

Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton set the pace during the early stages of the session using super-soft Pirelli rubber, when there were a few damp patches on the circuit, before they were shuffled back by Verstappen and Ricciardo's first runs.

Bottas then capitalised on a near-empty track on fresh ultra-softs to climb to second briefly, but he was eventually pushed down to sixth, half-a-second slower than Hamilton and behind Force India driver Sergio Perez, who set his time with 15 minutes to go.

During the long runs, Bottas complained of a lack of rear grip, while Hamilton had a brief off at the slow Turn 14 right-hander.

Kimi Raikkonen ended up seventh, lapping 1.245s slower than pacesetter Ricciardo.

Fernando Alonso was eighth for McLaren ahead of Renault's Nico Hulkenberg, with Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat rounding out the top 10 after Stoffel Vandoorne failed to improve by enough with his late-session pace to get ahead of the Russian.

Felipe Massa was the best-placed of the Williams drivers in 14th, while Lance Stroll completed only 10 laps before pitting with a gearbox problem and ended up 17th.

Massa was ahead of the two Haas drivers, who were the only ones not to use ultra-soft Pirellis and concentrated on super-softs.

Romain Grosjean set his best time with five minutes remaining, although suffered three off-track moments during the session - taking to the run-off at Turn 1 early on before a spin at Turn 16 shortly after and then going off at Turn 18 late on.

He was just over three-tenths faster than Antonio Giovinazzi, the latter sitting in for race driver Kevin Magnussen during FP1.

Formula 2 driver Sean Gelael made his grand prix weekend debut in place of Carlos Sainz Jr at Toro Rosso for the first free practice session.

The 20-year-old Indonesian, who is currently 15th in the F2 standings, was 18th fastest with a 1m45.570s - complaining of a possible problem with the front left that caused "no grip" in the final 20 minutes.

He outpaced the two Saubers, with Marcus Ericsson - who suffered a spin in the Turn 18 left-hander early in the session - 0.187s ahead of team-mate Pascal Wehrlein.

FP1 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m42.489s - 21
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m42.598s 0.109s 21
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m42.610s 0.121s 23
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m42.904s 0.415s 27
5 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m43.423s 0.934s 25
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m43.434s 0.945s 27
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m43.734s 1.245s 25
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m43.759s 1.270s 19
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m44.101s 1.612s 24
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m44.220s 1.731s 25
11 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m44.340s 1.851s 25
12 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m44.961s 2.472s 25
13 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m45.053s 2.564s 25
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m45.084s 2.595s 27
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m46.456s 3.967s 20
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Haas/Ferrari 1m46.782s 4.293s 27
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m47.190s 4.701s 11
18 Sean Gelael Toro Rosso/Renault 1m47.570s 5.081s 26
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m47.699s 5.210s 23
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m47.886s 5.397s 24


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