Singapore FP3: Vettel fastest as Ferrari flex their muscles


Ferrari fired a warning shot by dominating the third and final free practice of the Singapore Grand Prix, with Sebastian Vettel top of the timing screens ahead of Kimi Raikkonen at the end of the 60-minutes session.

Vettel’s best lap of  1:38.054 was three tenths better than his teammate and half a second up on title rival Lewis Hamilton in third, the Mercedes driver a tad quicker than teammate Vatteri Bottas.

It must be noted that traffic was a problem on the night, several drivers having their runs compromised due to slower cars on track.

Red Bull are expected to be in the mix on a track that suits their package, Daniel Ricciardo fifth fastest ahead of teammate Max Verstappen who had a frustrating session, tripping up in the traffic and venting his anger at the same time. He was sixth fastest, the blue cars over a second adrift of the top time.

Romain Grosjean was Best of the est in the Haas, albeit 1.693 seconds down on the top time. Behind him the Force India pair found some pace with Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez eighth and ninth respectively.

Fernando Alonso rounded out the top ten in the McLaren, fastest of the (non-Red Bull) Renault powered brigade including Nico Hulkenberg who was 11th in the works effort.

Ferrari appear to have the upper hand heading to qualifying where the result will be vital as in seven of the past ten races on the street circuit, the pole-winner has gone on to celebrate on the top step of the podium.