Singapore GP Practice 1: Rosberg leads Mercedes 1-2

Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg

Fitted with the latest Mercedes power unit, Nico Rosberg lap of 1m47.995s led the opening free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix over Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Lewis Hamilton by 0.319s. But Rosberg was on top only because Hamilton had made a few small mistakes, including missing the apex at Turn 2 and running wide a couple of times.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was third, 0.017s behind Hamilton, on what was largely a track cleaning session.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was fourth, and the other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen was fifth ahead of Williams's Valtteri Bottas and Force India's Nico Hulkenberg.

Carlos Sainz Jr was two seconds off the pace in eighth, but he pipped Toro Rosso team-mate Max Verstappen by just 0.019s.

Alexander Rossi, who is making his full grand prix weekend debut this weekend with Manor, was just 0.015s adrift of team-mate Will Stevens, but that was before the American hit the barrier at Turn 18, causing significant damage to the right-hand side of the car and bringing out a red flag that ended the session early.

He will pay dearly for that mistake.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Driver Car Time Behind Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes/Mercedes 1m47.995s 0.000s 27
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes/Mercedes 1m48.314s 0.319s 24
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m48.331s 0.336s 21
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari/Ferrari 1m48.494s 0.499s 23
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari/Ferrari 1m48.785s 0.790s 20
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m49.380s 1.385s 19
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m49.466s 1.471s 17
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m49.854s 1.859s 21
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m50.019s 2.024s 28
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m50.068s 2.073s 21
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m50.123s 2.128s 21
12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m50.125s 2.130s 23
13 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m50.158s 2.163s 18
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m50.341s 2.346s 23
15 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m50.455s 2.460s 21
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m50.883s 2.888s 21
17 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m51.035s 3.040s 18
18 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m51.188s 3.193s 8
19 Will Stevens Manor Marussia/Ferrari 1m53.903s 5.908s 20
20 Alexander Rossi Manor Marussia/Ferrari 1m53.918s 5.923s 18

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