Ferrari ahead of Mercedes in FP3 in Singapore

Ferrari ahead of Mercedes in FP3 in Singapore

Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel, Photo: Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen set the pace for Ferrari in the final practice session ahead of qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Vettel’s fastest time of a 1’38.054 was enough to top the timesheets. He was 3 tenths faster than team mate Raikkonen and half a second quicker than championship rival Lewis Hamilton.

Conditions were once again clear as drivers prepared for qualifying around the Marina Bay street circuit.

There was a near-miss in the pitlane when Esteban Ocon was released from his garage into the path of Kevin Magnussen’s Haas, who avoided a collision.

Max Verstappen’s power unit frustrations continued from Friday. The Red Bull driver was complaining about the performance of his Renault engine before being held up by Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber on his final flying lap.

“The product in the back of this car is not working like I want it to,” he said when asked to give more feedback.

Romain Grosjean was seventh for Haas. While Esteban Ocon took eighth and Sergio Perez ninth for Force India. They are running a new aero package this weekend.

For the second consecutive session, Fernando Alonso got his McLaren into the top 10. He was just ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault.

Many drivers complained of traffic over team radio. They attempted qualifying simulation runs in the closing minutes of the session.

Mercedes were unable to top Ferrari on their final runs of the session. It left Vettel and Raikkonen fastest and looking like favourites to challenge for pole position in this evening’s qualifying.