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THE formula 1 opened this Friday the activities for the Singapore GPthe first since 2019. And in the first free practice on the streets of Marina BayHe gave mercedes. Lewis Hamilton was first, less than a tenth of a second ahead of Max Verstappen which, in turn, ended with Charles Leclerc on your tail
Rounding out the top 10: Sergio Pérez, George Russell, Carlos Sainz, Esteban Ocon, Lance Stroll, Pierre Gasly and Fernando Alonso.
The start of the session saw a quick yellow flag as Russell ended up missing the braking point and almost hit the protective barrier. As the British did not crash and managed to maneuver to return, the neutralization was quick.
After the opening 15 minutes of the session, Verstappen was showing a dominant pace, despite Red Bull having previously expressed concern about the performance in Singapore. On medium tyres, the Dutchman clocked 01min44s748, 1s161 ahead of Pérez with Alonso in third, Sainz in fourth and Norris closed the top 5, more than 2s away. Hamilton was 12th while Russell and Leclerc still had no times set.
Gradually, the sunset over Singapore gave way to the beginning of the night. And along with that, times kept dropping.
As the session reached the halfway point, the soft tires appeared for the first time, but the times were still dominated by the medium and hard ones. Verstappen was in the lead with 01min44s236, 1s1 ahead of Alonso, with Pérez, Vettel and Sainz closing the top 5. Russell was sixth, with Hamilton in ninth and Leclerc in 11th.
Close to the 20 minute mark, a yellow flag in the first two sectors of the track due to Stroll being slow on the track. Shortly after, the Canadian stopped and the direction and test triggered the red flag.
The session resumed with 16 minutes still on the clock. At this point, Verstappen led with Leclerc in second, Pérez, Russell and Sainz closing out the top 5.
In the end, gave Hamilton. The Brit from Mercedes surprised in the closing minutes, clocking 01:43.033 to finish just 0.084 ahead of Verstappen, with Leclerc in third. Rounding out the top 10: Sergio Pérez, George Russell, Carlos Sainz, Esteban Ocon, Lance Stroll, Pierre Gasly and Fernando Alonso.
Formula 1 returns to the Marina Bay track this Friday for the second free practice for the Singapore GP. The session starts at 10 am, Brasília time, with transmission of the bandsports. And make a note of it: as soon as FP2 is over, you have Free Friday LIVE on the channel motorsport.com on YouTube with the analysis of the first day of activities. Don’t miss out!
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