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Hamilton leads Verstappen in Singapore Friday practice

Daniel Herrero

Saturday 21st September, 2019 - 12:21am

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Lewis Hamilton has finished almost two tenths clear of Max Verstappen at the top of the timesheet in Friday practice at the Singapore Grand Prix.

The big three teams were spread throughout the top six, with the lead Mercedes and lead Red Bull entry followed in the order by the lead Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel, then their respective team-mates in Valtteri Bottas, Alexander Albon, and Charles Leclerc.

Hamilton got down to a 1:39.991s on medium compound tyres in Practice 2, before the Marina Bay Street Circuit went quiet around the half-hour mark.

When the qualifying simulations started, Albon shifted the benchmark to a 1:39.943s on soft tyres, shortly before Verstappen went almost a full second faster at 1:38.957s on the same C5 compound.

Hamilton was slower than Verstappen to the first and second sectors on what would be his fastest lap of the session, finding time in the final sector to clock a 1:38.773s on soft tyres.

Verstappen’s best effort stood up for second position in Practice 2 and on the evening combined, having been fastest in Practice 1.

Vettel seemed to be having difficulty finding some clear track for a push lap but eventually managed a 1:39.591s.

Valtteri Bottas in the wall in Practice 1 pic: Fox Sports

Bottas was fourth at 1:39.894s after Mercedes repaired the damage which he caused when he crashed in Practice 1.

The rear of the Finn’s W10 started to step out at Turn 19 as that session moved into its final half-hour, and Bottas ran into the wall when he tried to correct the moment.

Albon also ended up in the barriers, albeit in a smaller impact, when he nudged the wall at Turn 10 during Practice 2.

The Thai driver was able to drive back to the pits to have a new nose put onto Car #23 before he set the lap which would temporarily have him fastest and ultimately leave him fifth.

Leclerc missed the latter third of Practice 1 due to a gearbox problem for his Ferrari before going sixth fastest in the latter 90-minute session.

Rounding out the top 10 were Carlos Sainz (McLaren), Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), Lando Norris (McLaren), and Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso), while Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) was 2.038s off the pace in 12th.

Stewards noted an incident between Sergio Perez (Racing Point) and Kevin Magnussen (Haas) in Practice 2 which saw the latter brush the wall, although there is no word of an investigation.

Perez had been travelling slowly on driver’s left near Turn 22 as he waited to start a hot lap, but moved over and cut off Magnussen when the Haas pilot looked to pass.

All drivers ended up setting their fastest laps of the evening on soft compound tyres, and during Practice 2.

Practice 3 starts on Saturday at 2000 AEST, followed by Qualifying at 2300 AEST.

Results: Practice 1

Pos Num Driver Car Time Gap
1 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:40.259
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:40.426 +0.167
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:40.925 +0.666
4 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:41.336 +1.077
5 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing Honda 1:41.467 +1.208
6 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:41.812 +1.553
7 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault 1:41.966 +1.707
8 4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 1:42.180 +1.921
9 26 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:42.305 +2.046
10 10 Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:42.377 +2.118
11 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:42.527 +2.268
12 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:42.630 +2.371
13 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:42.677 +2.418
14 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:42.786 +2.527
15 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point BWT Mercedes 1:42.791 +2.532
16 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:43.150 +2.891
17 88 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 1:43.336 +3.077
18 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point BWT Mercedes 1:43.369 +3.110
19 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:43.618 +3.359
20 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:43.993 +3.734

Results: Practice 2

Pos Num Driver Car Time Gap
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:38.773
2 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:38.957 +0.184
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:39.591 +0.818
4 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:39.894 +1.121
5 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing Honda 1:39.943 +1.170
6 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:40.018 +1.245
7 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault 1:40.145 +1.372
8 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:40.324 +1.551
9 4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 1:40.361 +1.588
10 10 Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:40.637 +1.864
11 26 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:40.713 +1.940
12 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:40.811 +2.038
13 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point BWT Mercedes 1:40.875 +2.102
14 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:41.128 +2.355
15 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point BWT Mercedes 1:41.128 +2.355
16 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:41.232 +2.459
17 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:41.392 +2.619
18 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:41.445 +2.672
19 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:41.564 +2.791
20 88 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 1:42.177 +3.404

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