F1: Hamilton nips Verstappen in opening Singapore practice

Lewis Hamilton gave Mercedes fans something to cheer about in opening practice for the Singapore GP with a lap of 1m43.033s to lead all challengers on the soft Pirelli tires.

Max Verstappen, headed for his 2nd straight F1 World Driving title, turned the 2nd fastest lap, 0.084s behind the Mercedes on the streets of Marina bay.

Verstappen’s lap was set earlier in the session, and he was out on medium tires when the track was the fastest near the end.

Charles Leclerc was 3rd quick for Ferrari, 0.402s behind the Mercedes.

Sergio Perez in the 2nd Red Bull, and Lewis Hamilton in the 2nd Mercedes, rounded out the top-5.

The track was still warm for this session, which started in the daylight, and not representative of qualifying for race conditions.

Lance Stroll brought out the only red flag when he clouted the wall with his right rear, breaking the suspension and wheel.

The teams will be busy for the next couple of hours until FP2 gets underway tweaking their set-ups, debriefing with the drivers and trying to optimize their evening to make sure they are in the best place possible heading into the weekend.

Practice 1 Results

1 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m43.033s +0.000s
2 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m43.117s +0.084s
3 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m43.435s +0.402s
4 Sergio Perez MEX Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m43.839s +0.806s
5 George Russell GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m44.066s +1.033s
6 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1m44.138s +1.105s
7 Esteban Ocon FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m44.736s +1.703s
8 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant 1m45.221s +2.188s
9 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri 1m45.258s +2.225s
10 Fernando Alonso ESP BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m45.336s +2.303s
11 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant 1m45.354s +2.321s
12 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m45.724s +2.691s
13 Valtteri Bottas FIN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Orlen 1m45.725s +2.692s
14 Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas F1 Team 1m46.028s +2.995s
15 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri 1m46.081s +3.048s
16 Alex Albon THA Williams Racing 1m46.119s +3.086s
17 Zhou Guanyu CHN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Orlen 1m46.408s +3.375s
18 Mick Schumacher GER Haas F1 Team 1m46.601s +3.568s
19 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m46.680s +3.647s
20 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing 1m47.092s +4.059s