Red Bull’s Ricciardo fastest in Singapore GP 1st practice

Red Bull’s Ricciardo fastest in Singapore GP 1st practice

by By JEROME PUGMIRE , Associated Press14 September 2018 06:17-04:00
(AP) — Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo posted the fastest time in the first practice for the Singapore Grand Prix on Friday.

The sinewy Formula One circuit is well suited to Red Bull because it negates the power advantage of quicker cars like Ferrari and Mercedes.

Ricciardo was .2 seconds ahead of Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen, while Sebastien Vettel was third ahead of Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was sixth, the Mercedes driver having a nervy moment as he momentarily veered off the track when his front wheels locked.

Sauber driver Charles Leclerc, who is replacing Raikkonen at Ferrari next year, mangled his front right suspension after clipping the barriers near the end.

There is a second practice under floodlights later Friday.

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Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia, left, sign autograph as he arrives at the Marina Bay City Circuit ahead of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix in Singapore, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim)

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Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen of Netherlands arrives at the Marina Bay City Circuit ahead of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix in Singapore, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim)

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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during first practice at the Marina Bay City Circuit ahead of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix in Singapore, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

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