Max Verstappen charged to the top of the timesheets in final Formula 1 practice for the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday evening, continuing Red Bull's sweep of the race weekend so far despite suffering a late issue.

After seeing teammate Daniel Ricciardo lead both FP1 and FP2 on Friday in Singapore, Verstappen rose to the head of the field in FP3 with a fastest lap time of 1:41.829, set in the final 10 minutes of the session.

The lap was enough to give Verstappen P1 by just 0.072 seconds, edging out Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who bounced back from a difficult Friday to finish second.

It was not all plain sailing for Red Bull, though, with Verstappen slowing in the final sector and reporting that his car was "shifting by itself". He did manage to get back out in the final few minutes, suggesting the issue had been resolved.

Lewis Hamilton gave Mercedes some hope heading into qualifying by finishing third-fastest, just over one-tenth of a second off Verstappen's time, while McLaren delivered the biggest surprise of the session by finishing P4 and P5 with Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne respectively.

Friday leader Ricciardo could only muster a time good enough for P6 for Red bull ahead of Renault's Nico Hulkenberg, while both Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen struggled to match the pace of their Mercedes and Ferrari teammates, ending up eighth and ninth, with Sergio Perez completing the top 10 for Force India.

Running was more limited in FP3 after a red flag was shown when Marcus Ericsson spun his Sauber at Turn 15 and bumped the wall, leaving debris on the track. The Swede was able to return to the pit lane, but completed just seven laps in total.



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