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F1 Singapore GP: Red Bull dominates Singapore FP1 as Rosberg crashes

Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo put half a second between themselves and the competition in Singapore GP FP1, as Nico Rosberg hits the wall
SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - Free practice results (1)

Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo have issued an early warning signal to their rivals as the Red Bull duo demonstrated rapid pace in first free practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, while title contender Nico Rosberg suffered a crash.

With Red Bull being tipped as cautious favourites coming into the weekend around the favourable Marina Bay Street Circuit, Verstappen and Ricciardo did little to suggest those predictions were misguided as they put almost half a second between themselves and the opposition.

Spanish Grand Prix winner Verstappen was the driver to come out on top overall, a meagre 0.049s ahead of team-mate Ricciardo, with third place Sebastian Vettel some 0.464secs adrift in third position for Ferrari.

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Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg followed up in fourth and fifth, the latter ending his session with a damaged W07 after out-braking himself at Turn 18 and sliding into the wall with ten minutes remaining. Despite the solid impact, damage would be limited to a broken front wing and nose, the German making it back to the pit-lane without issue.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton had his first taste of the 'Halo' device, but while he would complete a quick 'ultra soft' lap with the contraption fitted he would only run it at the beginning of the session before the sun had come down.

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Kimi Raikkonen followed up in sixth place, ahead of Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat as the Toro Rosso team showed stronger form that of late in sixth and eighth respectively.

Felipe Massa and Esteban Gutierrez rounded out the top ten for Williams and Haas respectively, the latter faring better than his team-mate after technical issues grounded Romain Grosjean in the pit lane without setting a time.

Elsewhere, Jenson Button suffered early problems in the McLaren but would make it back on track in the latter half of the session en route to the 16th best time, with Fernando Alonso 11th best having also survived a brush with the wall.

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