We all knew that the Red Bulls could be strong this weekend in Singapore. It’s a tight street circuit run under the lights, so this is a circuit that barring any setbacks with their power units, should see them contend.
In the first session, they were 1-2 as Daniel Ricciardo topped the speed charts in his No. 3 Red Bull Renault while his teammate Max Verstappen was P2 in his No. 33 Red Bull Renault.
Ricciardo, circled the track with a time of 1:39.711-seconds compared to Verstappen’s lap of 1:39.912-seconds. Ricciardo, has four straight podiums in the Singapore Grand Prix but hasn’t scored a podium result this season since his win in Monaco.
In the second practice of the night, Verstappen was third fastest with Ricciardo fourth.
Overall, it was a great night for them. Plus, it was a great night for Renault in general. Their team of Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr. were strong too.
Hulkenberg, was fifth and 10th respectively while Sainz was seventh and sixth respectively. Sainz, brought his No. 55 Renault home for a top five finish in this race last year.
The Ferrari’s were next in line but trouble found Sebastian Vettel in the second session. He crashed early on and saw his session end early. His teammate Kimi Raikkonen was quickest in the final session of the night with a time of 1:38.699-seconds in his No. 7 Ferrari.
In session No. 1, Raikkonen was fourth fastest compared to Vettel being third.
The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were sixth and eighth fastest in the first practice and second and fifth overall in the second session. They have some work to do to catch the Ferrari’s and Red Bull cars.