F1 Grand Prix of Singapore - Final Practice SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 15: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF71H follows Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF71H on track during final practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 15, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

In what was a quiet final practice session in Singapore, Ferrari placed first and second with Mercedes and Red Bull stacked behind them. The session took the drivers into the evening where they will be doing their qualifying session. While Soft and Ultrasoft tyres were a possible option, the majority of teams opted to use Hypersoft tyres. When the session started the air temperature was 29 degrees C and the track temperature was 37 degrees C.

Ferrari Set The Pace Before Singapore GP Qualifying

Sebastian Vettel clocked a 1:38.054s lap to record the fastest lap of the session. Teammate Kimi Raikkonen was right behind him as he placed second today. Raikkonen was a whole +0.362s slower than Vettel. Behind them on the timing sheet was Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas who put in near identical lap times (+0.504 and +0.549 behind Vettel).

What The Drivers Were Saying

Many drivers cited their concern for the traffic that comes with a street circuit. McLaren driver Fernando Alonso described it as “a jungle.” Max Verstappen didn’t hesitate to apportion blame on some traffic, saying (Marcus) Ericsson was not looking in his mirrors.” Verstappen was also vocal to his team about the issues with the car, saying “I get so angry with this” while describing “engine breaking.”

Looking Ahead To Qualifying

Any issues that a team or a driver has will have to be figured out in the next few hours as Qualifying is approaching. Ferrari hope to achieve a 1-2 and hope to lockout front row the Vettel & Raikkonen duo in Singapore.

Full Session Timing Sheet:

Pos # Driver Team Lap Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:38.054 19
2 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:38.416 +0.362 16
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:38.558 +0.504 14
4 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:38.603 +0.549 17
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:39.186 +1.132 14
6 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:39.265 +1.211 10
7 8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:39.747 +1.693 14
8 31 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:40.073 +2.019 14
9 11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:40.231 +2.177 14
10 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:40.254 +2.200 10
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:40.450 +2.396 17
12 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:40.559 +2.505 13
13 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:40.591 +2.537 14
14 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:40.686 +2.632 16
15 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:40.798 +2.744 15
16 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:40.915 +2.861 20
17 28 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:41.562 +3.508 18
18 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:41.884 +3.830 19
19 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:41.953 +3.899 18
20 18 Lance Stroll Williams 1:42.220 +4.166 18

 

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