Singapore GP: Sebastian Vettel leads Ferrari one-two in FP3

Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari one-two in final practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, while both Mercedes struggled and were more than one second off the pace

Singapore GP: Sebastian Vettel leads Ferrari one-two in FP3

The German clocked a time of 1m45.682s on the super-soft tyres, 0.450s clear of his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo were third and fourth respectively with world champion Lewis Hamilton down in fifth, 1.120s adrift, and the other Mercedes of Nico Rosberg sixth.

Fernando Alonso, whose McLaren team hoped the low-speed nature of the circuit would help mask the power deficit of its Honda power unit, was seventh, a few thousandths behind Rosberg.

Red Bull and Ferrari looked quick in second practice on Friday, with Kvyat topping the times, but Mercedes was expected to hit back on Saturday.

That challenge did not materialise, however, with Vettel setting the pace on the soft tyres and maintaining that advantage when drivers swapped to the quicker rubber for their qualifying simulations.

Hamilton had an off during his run on the soft tyres and later in the session he was called into the pits for a drive-through to cool the car down.

The reigning world champion now faces a fight to equal Ayrton Senna's record of eight successive pole positions when qualifying takes place later on Saturday.

The Toro Rossos of Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen, who locked up heavily at Turn 7 early on, were eighth and ninth respectively with Sauber's Marcus Ericsson completing the top 10.

Valtteri Bottas was the highest placed Williams in 11th, while Nico Hulkenberg, whose Force India has its complete B-spec update this weekend, was 12th.

Jenson Button was half a second off his McLaren team-mate Alonso in 13th, ahead of Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado.

The Manor drivers propped up the timesheets, with Alexander Rossi heading team-mate Will Stevens on his first full grand prix weekend.

FP3 RESULT

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m45.682s - 12
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m46.132s 0.450s 12
3 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m46.167s 0.485s 19
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m46.359s 0.677s 14
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m46.802s 1.120s 15
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m47.223s 1.541s 16
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m47.237s 1.555s 14
8 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m47.301s 1.619s 18
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m47.464s 1.782s 17
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m47.568s 1.886s 20
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m47.587s 1.905s 20
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m47.640s 1.958s 16
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m47.715s 2.033s 14
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m47.733s 2.051s 21
15 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m47.817s 2.135s 16
16 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m48.002s 2.320s 15
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m48.116s 2.434s 15
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m48.932s 3.250s 20
19 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 1m52.588s 6.906s 26
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m55.293s 9.611s 22

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