Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg to US GP F1 pole position
Lewis Hamilton beat Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg to pole position for the United States Grand Prix, as Mercedes stretched out an advantage over the opposition in qualifying.
Red Bull looked fast in free practice, but it couldn’t live with Mercedes in qualifying, where Hamilton pumped in a stunning 1m34.999s lap to bag pole.
The reigning world champion did his damage through the first sector, where he was almost three tenths faster than Rosberg, who ran wide at Turn 1 on both of his Q3 laps.
Rosberg, who briefly held top spot due to finishing his lap before his team-mate, was still fast enough to set the second quickest time, almost three tenths clear of Daniel Ricciardo in the best of the Red Bulls.
Max Verstappen was fourth, ahead of Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.
The Mercedes drivers and Verstappen will start the race on soft tyres after all making it through Q2 on that compound.
Nico Hulkenberg was seventh fastest for Force India, well clear of the remaining top 10 runners.
Hulkenberg was in superb form, lapping inside the top six in the first two segments of the session.
He was also the only non-Mercedes, Red Bull or Ferrari driver to break into the 1m36s.
Williams pair Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa headed an impressive performance from the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr in rounding out the top 10.
Hulkenberg’s Force India team-mate Sergio Perez missed out on making Q3 by just over a tenth of a second.
Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda was six hundredths of a second further back in 12th, ahead of the second Toro Rosso of newly re-signed Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas, and Jolyon Palmer’s Renault.
Marcus Ericsson completed a cursory run on old tyres in Q2 so wound up 16th fastest, after lapping quicker than both Gutierrez and Palmer in Q1.
Palmer complained about his final Q1 run being a "fucking disaster" as he held up Jenson Button’s McLaren on his out-lap, but the Renault still made it through to Q2.
Button was furious to drop out in Q1, after encountering the Renault entering the final corner of his best lap.
The 2009 world champion ended up a lowly 19th in his McLaren-Honda, fractionally behind Romain Grosjean’s Haas and Kevin Magnussen’s Renault, which both also missed the cut.
Pascal Wehrlein recovered from binning his Manor in the gravel in final practice to qualify 20th fastest, ahead of Felipe Nasr – who complained about his Sauber’s brakes – and Manor team-mate Esteban Ocon.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.509s||0.510s|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.747s||0.748s|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m36.628s||1.629s|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m37.326s||2.327s|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m37.353s||2.354s|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m37.480s||2.481s|
US GP FP3: Max Verstappen leads Red Bull one-two
Max Verstappen led a Red Bull one-two in the final Formula 1 practice session ahead of the United States Grand Prix as neither Mercedes driver completed a qualifying simulation lap.
With Red Bull on a pace comparable to Mercedes at Austin so far this weekend, Verstappen topped the timesheet with a lap of 1m36.766s to finish 0.266s clear of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, both on super-soft tyres.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was third, just over half a second down on Verstappen on his super-soft outing, leaving Hamilton and Rosberg down in fourth and fifth.
Hamilton, whose team broke curfew overnight to change the fuel system on his car, set the quickest time on soft tyres with a lap of 1m37.483s prior to the late qualifying runs that remained his best outing.
Come his super-soft run Hamilton was sent out late, and only just crossed the line to start his flying lap as the chequered flag came out.
Hamilton, however, was held up by Felipe Nasr’s Sauber halfway through the lap and backed off, leaving him to tell his team on the radio it was "poor timing guys".
Rosberg, who was three tenths off of Hamilton on his best soft-tyre lap, opted to abort his super-soft run late on.
Rosberg had set a personal best in the first sector, which has proven to be Red Bull’s strong suit so far, but he was still 0.154s down on Verstappen at that point.
Rosberg then went quickest in the middle sector to close the gap to Verstappen’s best, but ultimately the championship leader failed to complete the lap, pulling into the pits instead after running slightly wide at the penultimate corner.
Sebastian Vettel was sixth quickest in his Ferrari, but he reported a potential gearbox problem and remained in the garage for the closing stages, finishing 1.128s down.
Vettel was followed by Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, Valtteri Bottas in his Williams and the McLaren duo of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso to complete the top 10.
Carlos Sainz Jr suffered two punctures during the session, initially to the right rear on only his second lap, and then half an hour later one to the left rear, leaving him down in 15th and unable to conduct his own qualifying simulation as the team checked over the car.
The hour-long session was red-flagged for 10 minutes early on after Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein lost his car under braking at Turn 19, beaching it in the gravel.
With only four laps to his name, Wehrlein finished bottom of the timesheet just over five seconds off the pace.
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m36.766s||–||16|
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m37.032s||0.266s||19|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m37.948s||1.182s||17|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m38.512s||1.746s||16|
|14||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m38.691s||1.925s||16|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m38.710s||1.944s||6|
Kimi Raikkonen positively surprised with Ferrari pace at Japanese GP
Kimi Raikkonen said he was "positively surprised" with the speed of his Ferrari after he qualified third for the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
The Finn said on Friday that there was "a lot of lap time" left in his Ferrari after admitting to "fighting with the car" throughout the two practice sessions.
But he turned it around to finish three tenths adrift of polesitter Nico Rosberg and 0.081s ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who drops three places to seventh because of a penalty for causing a collision at the start of the Malaysian Grand Prix.
"It’s pretty much the same car that we raced a week ago," said Raikkonen.
"I don’t think many people had a lot of difference.
"I’m positively surprised with how well the car has been behaving and how quick it has been.
"It has been tricky to get the right balance but it’s been really good. So far so good.
"Third is not exactly what we’re looking for but we were pretty close. It was not too bad."
Ferrari brought nine sets of soft tyres per driver to Suzuka – more than any other team – which meant it had enough available to run them in each of the three qualifying segments.
Red Bull, which has recently outperformed Ferrari, only had six sets and got through Q1 on the mediums.
When asked if using the soft consistently helped, Raikkonen said: "It doesn’t harm, that’s for sure.
"It’s more easy when you have more sets of the same compounds so you can fine-tune.
"In qualifying, there’s not an awful lot you can do if it is correct or not.
"We have been suffering a bit of understeer all weekend.
"Even in qualifying, it was slowing us down a little bit in the first sector but it got better in the end, we were a bit faster.
"It’s very small details that have to come together and we put it more or less together.
"The car has been behaving quite good and we try to do at least the same if not better tomorrow."
Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to Japanese GP F1 pole by 0.013s
Nico Rosberg won a thrilling battle with Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton to claim pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix.
Rosberg was fastest in every practice session, and topped the field again in qualifying at Suzuka, but only after a late rally against a Hamilton charge.
Hamilton trailed his team-mate in Q1 and Q2, but snuck ahead after the first runs in Q3.
Rosberg leapt back to the top of the times with a 1m30.647s best on his final lap, as Hamilton fell just 0.013s short of taking pole despite an improvement of his own at the end.
Kimi Raikkonen produced a strong lap to qualify third fastest for Ferrari, the only other driver to make it below 1m31s.
Team-mate Sebastian Vettel was less than a tenth slower in fourth, but he faces a three-place drop on the grid thanks to his penalty for hitting Nico Rosberg at the first corner of last Sunday’s Malaysian GP.
Max Verstappen beat Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to the fifth fastest time, also by less than a tenth of a second.
Haas got both cars through to Q3 for the first time, and was best of the rest behind the top six cars in Q2.
Romain Grosjean set an identical time to Force India’s Sergio Perez in Q3, but ended up eighth fastest, just ahead of the second Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.
Grosjean’s Haas team-mate Esteban Gutierrez was seventh fastest in Q2, but ended up cut adrift at the bottom of the top 10 in Q3, over half a second slower than Grosjean.
Williams pairing Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa made only one run each in Q2, and were just edged out of the top 10 by the Force Indias.
Bottas missed the cut by less than a tenth, while Massa was only 0.165s further back in 12th.
Daniil Kvyat felt he did the best he could to put his Toro Rosso 13th on the grid, fractionally faster than team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr, who spun at Spoon Curve on his second run in Q2.
Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda was only 0.004s slower than Sainz in 15th, 0.118s ahead of the leading Renault of Jolyon Palmer.
Jenson Button failed to escape Q1 at Honda’s home circuit, ending up just 0.032s shy of beating McLaren team-mate Alonso to the draw.
Kevin Magnussen was 18th fastest in the second Renault, ahead of Sauber pairing Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr and the two Manors.
Ericsson was slowest of all after the first runs in Q1, but ended up just over a tenth ahead of his team-mate after a puzzled Nasr failed to go faster on his second run.
Esteban Ocon out-qualified Manor team-mate Pascal Wehrlein for the second race in a row, this time by more than two tenths of a second, feeling he couldn’t have got much more out of his car.
The fact Wehrlein qualified last renders his five-place grid penalty for an illegal gearbox change potentially irrelevant.
JAPANESE GP GRID
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m31.178s||0.531s|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m31.240s||0.593s|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m31.961s||1.314s|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m32.142s||1.495s|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m32.623s||1.976s|
|14||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m32.685s||2.038s|
Japanese GP F1 FP3: Nico Rosberg fastest again at Suzuka
Nico Rosberg set the pace in final Formula 1 practice for the Japanese Grand Prix while his Mercedes team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton failed to complete a qualifying simulation.
Rosberg’s time of 1m32.092s was three tenths quicker than Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and ensured the championship leader completed a clean sweep of practice sessions this weekend at Suzuka.
A damp start meant drivers completed their installation laps on the intermediate or wet tyres but it wasn’t long before they made the switch to slicks.
But the time lost early in the session meant drivers left it until the final minutes of the session to do their qualifying simulations which in turn created traffic that forced many to abandon laps.
Rosberg edged Hamilton on the medium tyre runs by just 0.054s and then improved by 1.2s when he fitted the softs and got a clean lap.
Hamilton was not so fortunate, losing time running wide at Degner 2 and then backing off and returning to the pits as there was not enough time to get a second run in.
Sebastian Vettel was third quickest, 0.639s off the pace, a fraction ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Kimi Raikkonen went quicker than Rosberg in the first sector, but was baulked by Renault’s Kevin Magunssen on the approach to Degner 1, ruining his lap. He ended the session fifth.
Felipe Massa completed a late lap on the softs to vault into sixth, ahead of Hamilton, whose time was set on the medium tyres.
Renault showed good promise with Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen achieving exactly the same lap time to finish eighth and ninth respectively, 1.5s adrift.
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg completed the top 10.
It was a troubled session for Haas with Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez having off-track excursions, with the latter spinning at the Esses.
Jenson Button also struggled, finishing 19th quickest, while Carlos Sainz Jr was bottom of the timesheet having completed just three laps.
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m32.394s||0.302s||10|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m32.784s||0.692s||9|
|10||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m33.646s||1.554s||11|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m33.921s||1.829s||11|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m34.037s||1.945s||12|
|22||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m56.323s||24.231s||3|
Kimi had “smooth running” but hit traffic in the end
“It was a pretty smooth running until the last try: then I had some traffic on the out lap and struggled with the tires to make them work in the first two corners, so I ran a bit wide. It was a decent qualifying session but it’s painful when you have such a bad last try. The handling of the car has been pretty ok and I was hoping for a bit more, but tomorrow we’ll try to do better. We don’t know what will happen and obviously we are not in the ideal starting position. The tarmac is new so it’s hard to say where it’s going to go and which tire will be the best, it will be a lot down to the conditions. We have to do our own best and see what that brings in the race.”
Lewis Hamilton on F1 pole position for Malaysian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton scored a comfortable pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix, as championship leader Nico Rosberg salvaged a front row start from a troubled end to qualifying.
Hamilton clocked a 1m32.850s best on his first run in Q3, which proved easily good enough for pole, despite Hamilton having to abort his second run in Q3.
His Mercedes team-mate Rosberg eventually qualified second fastest, over four tenths adrift of his title rival.
The points leader was only fifth fastest after the first runs, having run wide at Turn 6, but he rallied later to beat Max Verstappen’s Red Bull to a front row spot by 0.156 seconds, despite another moment at the final corner.
Daniel Ricciardo was only 0.017s slower in the second Red Bull, while Ferrari locked out the third row of the grid, with Sebastian Vettel beating Kimi Raikkonen to fifth by less than half a tenth of a second.
The Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg completed a quartet of row lockouts at the front of the grid by qualifying seventh and eighth, just ahead of Jenson Button’s McLaren and Felipe Massa’s Williams.
Button made it through to Q3 with a fine late effort that, along with improvements from the Force India pair, meant the Williams of Valtteri Bottas missed the cut by just 0.039s, as Bottas failed to improve on his second Q2 run.
Romain Grosjean beat Haas team-mate Esteban Gutierrez to the 12th fastest time by less than a tenth, while Kevin Magnussen did an excellent job to qualify his Renault 14th fastest, having missed most of Friday practice after his car caught fire in the pits in FP1.
A late improvement from Daniil Kvyat meant he beat Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr to 15th on the grid by just 0.005s.
This was the first time Kvyat has out-qualified Sainz since June’s European GP in Azerbaijan.
Jolyon Palmer’s Renault and Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda joined the Saubers and Manors in exiting the fray after Q1.
Given Magnussen’s performance Palmer had a realistic shot at making Q2, but his final lap of the session was scrappy and he ended up dropping behind the Saubers of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr into 19th place.
Esteban Ocon out-qualified Manor team-mate Pascal Wehrlein for the first time, beating him to the 20th fastest time by 0.136s.
Alonso completed a cursory run on medium tyres in his McLaren, knowing he will start at the back of the grid regardless owing to a 45-place grid penalty for various illegal engine component swaps.
MALAYSIAN GP GRID
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m33.420s||0.570s|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m33.467s||0.617s|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.319s||1.469s|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m34.489s||1.639s|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m35.369s||2.519s|
|16||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m35.374s||2.524s|
Malaysian GP: Hamilton fastest in final free practice at Sepang
Lewis Hamilton put in a convincing performance to set the fastest time in the final free practice session ahead of the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver Hamilton topped the timesheets at the end of the hour-long session at Sepang with a time of 1m34.434s, almost half a second faster than Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Halfway through proceedings, Hamilton was quickest on Pirelli’s medium tyres with a 1m35.612s, seven tenths faster than team-mate Nico Rosberg on the same compound.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who had endured an unusually off-the-pace Friday, then went fastest by 0.151s from Hamilton, albeit on the soft rubber.
Three quarters of the way through the session, Rosberg went fastest with a lap of 1m35.293s on the soft compound.
But the winner of the last three grands prix was swiftly deposed by Hamilton by 0.8s on his qualifying simulation lap on softs, and although Rosberg managed a second hot lap on his own set of softs, he could only get to within 0.619s.
The championship leader was then demoted to third as Verstappen managed to split the Mercedes pair to close to within 0.445s of Hamilton.
Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were fourth and fifth quickest respectively, albeit seven tenths of a second off the pace, with Ricciardo down in sixth, just over a second adrift.
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, who will start at the back of the grid on Sunday after taking a 45-place grid penalty for various Honda power unit component changes, ended up last and almost seven seconds down.
Alonso has reverted to the power unit used in Belgium, with McLaren eager not to over exert it ahead of a qualifying session in which he will do only one lap to be within 107%.
The final corner, which was criticised by a number of drivers following Friday’s sessions given its reprofiling as on off-camber corner, again proved problematic.
Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez was the first to suffer a major moment, spinning after losing the rear on entry – just falling short of the gravel – forcing Rosberg to back off on what would have been his best lap using the medium Pirellis.
With drivers forced to take an unusual line through the corner as they are unable to hug the apex, Vettel – who had described the turn as "mean" – was the next to spin after over committing slightly, wiping out a marker bollard in the process.
Force India’s Sergio Perez also fell foul of Turn 15, suffering a big lock up that resulted in him ending the session down in 11th.
PRACTICE THREE TIMES:
|1||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||Mercedes||1m34.434s||–||16|
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||Red Bull/Renault||1m34.879s||0.445s||14|
|3||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||Mercedes||1m35.053s||0.619s||16|
|4||Kimi Raikkonen||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||1m35.150s||0.716s||15|
|5||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||1m35.170s||0.736s||14|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.461s||1.027s||22|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Sahara Force India F1 Team||Force India/Mercedes||1m35.776s||1.342s||16|
|8||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing||Williams/Mercedes||1m35.902s||1.468s||17|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m36.222s||1.788s||18|
|10||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing||Williams/Mercedes||1m36.227s||1.793s||20|
|11||Sergio Perez||Sahara Force India F1 Team||Force India/Mercedes||1m36.259s||1.825s||15|
|12||Jenson Button||McLaren Honda||McLaren/Honda||1m36.363s||1.929s||11|
|13||Esteban Gutierrez||Haas F1 Team||Haas/Ferrari||1m36.553s||2.119s||14|
|14||Jolyon Palmer||Renault Sport F1 Team||Renault||1m36.604s||2.170s||20|
|15||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Team||Haas/Ferrari||1m36.687s||2.253s||15|
|16||Kevin Magnussen||Renault Sport F1 Team||Renault||1m36.741s||2.307s||19|
|17||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m36.752s||2.318s||20|
|18||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber F1 Team||Sauber/Ferrari||1m36.765s||2.331s||19|
|19||Felipe Nasr||Sauber F1 Team||Sauber/Ferrari||1m37.106s||2.672s||18|
|20||Esteban Ocon||Manor Racing MRT||Manor/Mercedes||1m37.961s||3.527s||17|
|21||Pascal Wehrlein||Manor Racing MRT||Manor/Mercedes||1m38.089s||3.655s||13|
|22||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Honda||McLaren/Honda||1m41.199s||6.765s||15|
“Pretty pleased until the last run”
Kimi admits he ‘had to push a bit over the limit’
“Today we got more or less what we could from our car. Obviously it’s a bit disappointing given where we finished, but this is a tricky place. The fifth position is not ideal, but I was pretty pleased with my first lap in Q3 and the car was handling well. In the last run I knew I had to push a bit over the limit, trying to improve, but it didn’t pay out. I made some mistakes, I went wide in turn 1 and got sideways. There’s no issue with the car, we are just lacking overall grip and in Singapore that makes a big difference. Tomorrow we have to make a good start and then go from there, there will be different ways of using the tires between the teams. The race is going to be very long, and usually there’s a lot happening, so we have to get the timings right and try to go forward.”
Nico Rosberg claims Singapore GP pole ahead of Daniel Ricciardo
Nico Rosberg claimed a comfortable pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix, while his Mercedes team-mate and Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton could only qualify third.
Hopes of a tight, multi-team battle for pole position were obliterated in Q2, as Red Bull and Ferrari – down to one car already after early problems for Sebastian Vettel – struggled to get within a second of Rosberg’s benchmark.
Rosberg was the only driver to make it below 1m43s around the Marina Bay F1 circuit in Q3, and his first run proved enough to get the job done as he lapped in 1m42.584s to claim top spot by over half a second.
Hamilton lost track time to a hydraulic valve problem on Friday and has struggled under braking all weekend so far, and he endured a difficult time again in qualifying.
He trailed Rosberg by more than seven tenths of a second after his first run in Q3 and failed to improve on his second run.
That allowed Daniel Ricciardo to steal a front row start for Red Bull, as he leapt to second with a superb 1m43.115s effort at the end.
His team-mate Max Verstappen was fourth fastest, just 0.040s down on Hamilton.
Kimi Raikkonen qualified his Ferrari fifth fastest, over six tenths down on Verstappen, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel dropped out in Q1 after his Ferrari appeared to suffer a suspension failure.
Vettel initially tried to press on and drag a time out of the car anyway, before pitting for repairs Ferrari had no time to complete.
Carlos Sainz Jr claimed a superb sixth for Toro Rosso, ahead of team-mate Daniil Kvyat (who only made one run in Q3) and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg.
Fernando Alonso qualified his McLaren-Honda ninth fastest, fractionally ahead of the second Force India of Sergio Perez.
Perez may yet face sanction for overtaking Esteban Gutierrez under yellow flags in Q2.
Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were 11th and 12th, Bottas missing the Q3 cut by just 0.003s, and both affected badly by those yellow flags after Romain Grosjean crashed his Haas at the Turn 10 left-hander.
Jenson Button damaged his McLaren-Honda’s left-rear wheel against the wall at Turn 14 on his final flying lap, so failed to improve and ended up 13th fastest.
Esteban Gutierrez was 14th, just ahead of Haas team-mate Grosjean, whose crash also hindered Hulkenberg and Gutierrez at the end of Q2.
Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber rounded out the top 16, electing to save tyres knowing he could do no better after Vettel’s misfortune allowed him passage to Q2.
Ericsson made it through to Q2 with what he described as a "nice lap" at the end of Q1.
That put him almost four tenths clear of the Q1 dropouts, headed by Kevin Magnussen’s Renault, Ericsson’s Sauber team-mate Felipe Nasr, and the second Renault of Jolyon Palmer, these three all covered by just 0.135s.
Pascal Wehrlein was 20th fastest for Manor, over six tenths up on team-mate Esteban Ocon, while Vettel’s broken Ferrari trailed the entire field, almost a second further back.
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m43.115s||0.531s|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m43.328s||0.744s|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m44.197s||1.613s|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m44.469s||1.885s|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m44.479s||1.895s|
|18||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m44.582s||–|
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.
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
|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||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.|