Nico Rosberg stayed on top during the final practice for the Singapore Grand Prix after edging out Max Verstappen, whilst Lewis Hamilton yet again failed to hook up a clean lap.
The German driver set a 1.44.352 and edged out Max Verstappen by just 0.059s, whilst Daniel Ricciardo endured traffic during his lap, and couldn’t set a representative lap.
Troubles continued for Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel; Hamilton failed to hook up a representative qualifying-simulation lap on the ultra-soft tyres, as the British driver locked up into Turn 7. Vettel’s setup problems continued.
Story of the session
As the final practice session got underway, Pascal Wehrlein was first to crash just before the Anderson bridge, as Max Verstappen set a 1.47.038.
Following the Manor drivers crash, the session was red-flagged.
As the session got back under-way, Kimi Raikkonen went fastest by 0.225s from Max Verstappen. Carlos Sainz soon took on the ultra-soft tyres and matched Raikkonen through the middle sector, however got held up through the penultimate corner by Marcus Ericsson.
Nico Rosberg soon increased the standard, setting a 1.45.544, and went 1.269s faster than Kimi Raikkonen who set his lap on the ultra-soft tyres.
Vettel soon went P3 behind the two Mercedes on the ultra-soft, yet be it half a second slower. The Mercedes started to show their impressive hand on the super-soft tyres, as compared to the competition on the ultra-soft tyres.
Despite Mercedes climb to the top of the order, majority of the drivers complained about a ‘lack of grip’ around the Marina Bay Street Circuit, given this day-time session is relatively unrepresentative of qualifying and race conditions.
The Mercedes drivers soon took on the ultra-soft tyres, and Rosberg set a 1.44.352, whilst Lewis Hamilton locked up and went wide at Turn 7, meaning he yet didn’t have a representative qualifying-simulation run all weekend.
Ricciardo soon set his qualifying-simulation lap, and went second fastest, 0.551s slower than Rosberg, however got held up by Ocon during the final sector. His team-mate, Max Verstappen soon got a better lap and went only 0.059s slower than Rosberg.