Phillip Horton  |    |   1  |  14 September 2018

Daniel Ricciardo leads Red Bull 1-2 in Singapore FP1, Charles Leclerc crashes

Daniel Ricciardo led a Red Bull 1-2 during the opening practice session for Formula 1’s Singapore Grand Prix on Friday afternoon.

Ricciardo, runner-up around the streets of Marina Bay for the last three seasons, clocked a time of 1:39.711 on Pirelli’s new-for-2018 Hypersoft compound.

That left him 0.201s clear of team-mate Max Verstappen, who took advantage of a second push lap on Hypersofts to vault Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

In full: Singapore FP1 results

Vettel wound up third, ahead of outgoing team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who recovered from an off-track excursion at Turn 18 to take fourth.

Renault evaluated new bargeboards and sidepod turning vanes on Nico Hulkenberg’s R.S.18 as he wound up and impressive fifth, with team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr. also running strongly in seventh.

Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas took sixth and eighth respectively as they opted against running the pink-banded Hypersoft tyres.

Hamilton and Bottas both clocked their best times on the Soft compound, with Hamilton’s quickest effort coming on his third push lap, having made errors on his two prior attempts.

Bottas, meanwhile, had a half spin as he exited Turn 1 but was able to swiftly recover and continue his run plan.

Ferrari 2019 recruit Charles Leclerc placed ninth for Sauber but was the only driver to make a session-ending error.

Leclerc, trying to widen the arc for the Turn 13 hairpin, clouted the wall on the right-hand kink that marks the end of the Anderson Bridge section, and the misjudgement broke the front-right corner of his C37.

Leclerc, whose error came during the final few minutes, was able to park his damaged car in a safe location, and accepted blame for the accident.

Haas’ Romain Grosjean rounded out the top 10, in front of Leclerc’s Sauber team-mate Marcus Ericsson.

Force India ran an extensive upgrade package, finally made available following the team’s takeover last month, as Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon placed 12th and 15th.

They were split by Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, who complained of low power during a late run in the MCL33.

Toro Rosso was a low-key 16th and 17th, with Pierre Gasly briefly complaining of his STR13 pulling to the left under braking, though he still finished two-tenths clear of Brendon Hartley.

Williams duo Lance Stroll, via a spin through Turn 2, and Sergey Sirotkin were 18th and 19th, while Stoffel Vandoorne’s miserable spell continued as he finished at the rear of the field.

Vandoorne completed minimal running amid a suspected mechanical issue and returned to action only to suffer a loss of hydraulic pressure in his McLaren.

Friday’s second 90-minute practice session will begin at 20:30 local time

Singapore - Practice 1

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Flag   Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:39.711 27
2 Flag   Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:39.912 0.201 27
3 Flag   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:39.997 0.286 23
4 Flag   Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:40.486 0.775 21
5 Flag   Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:41.105 1.394 26
6 Flag   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:41.232 1.521 28
7 Flag   Carlos Sainz Renault 1:41.329 1.618 23
8 Flag   Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:41.429 1.718 28
9 Flag   Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:42.035 2.324 24
10 Flag   Romain Grosjean Haas 1:42.108 2.397 21
11 Flag   Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:42.408 2.697 23
12 Flag   Sergio Perez RP Force India 1:42.412 2.701 25
13 Flag   Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:42.452 2.741 20
14 Flag   Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:42.630 2.919 23
15 Flag   Esteban Ocon RP Force India 1:43.177 3.466 25
16 Flag   Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:43.240 3.529 25
17 Flag   Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:43.485 3.774 30
18 Flag   Lance Stroll Williams 1:43.849 4.138 30
19 Flag   Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:44.036 4.325 29
20 Flag   Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:45.160 5.449 11

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