Sebastian Vettel was very impressive in FP3 and he wants to do it again in Q3. Mercedes and its partner teams are struggling. For the first one, some think it’s just a bluff but not Eddie Jordan. Both of Ferrari and Red Bull are very strong here. Will they confirm in qualifying? Will Mercedes be back on the top? Let’s wait and see! Let’s review the last FP in Singapore…
Weather report: soft smog and night, T. air: 30°C ; T. track: 37-40°C ; humidity rate: 68-76% and wind speed: 2m.s (west)
Sebastian Vettel has signed the best time in 1’45’’682 (supersoft tyres). He was also ahead onto the soft tyres in 1’46’’728 (just +0’’6s slower than the P1 of Daniil Kvyat in FP2 on the softer compounds). Mercedes said on twitter (@mercedesamgf1) that his performance was stonking. Both of Kimi Räikkönen (+0’’450s) and Daniil Kvyat (+0’’485s) have been in the top 3. Daniel Ricciardo has appeared in fourth position (+0’’677s). Lewis Hamilton, fifth (+1’’120s), was impeded by the traffic during his quali sim. It was the same for Nico Rosberg (6th ; +1’’541s). Eddie Jordan thinks the Silver Arrows are floundering here. Will they wake up in Q3? Fernando Alonso has been a brilliant seventh (+0’’014s slower than Nico). Carlos Sainz Jr, eighth, has outstripped his team-mate. Marcus Ericsson has been tenth. Like in MC, Williams has been transparent (11th and 14th: advantage for Valtteri Bottas). By the way, no car powered by Mercedes seems in great shape in Singapore. Nico Hülkenberg, not happy with his car balance, has occupied the twelfth row. Jenson Button, thirteenth, reported in his radio a brake lever problem regarding the balance. Sergio Perez, sixteenth, has been inserted between both Lotus boys (advantage for Pastor Maldonado). Felipe Nasr has been at the eighteenth place. Alexander Rossi, nineteenth (26 laps=max, mini=12 for both Ferraris and average=17), set the first benchmark of the session at 6:04pm (1’53’’249). Will Stevens has been the good last one. Let’s note that Manor changed the gearbox on both cars (P+5 on the starting grid).
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