Nico Rosberg has gone fastest in the first practice session for this weekends Singapore Grand Prix. The German beat his Mercedes team-mate and Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo was third.
Rosberg was 0.3 seconds faster than Hamilton who currently has more than a two race victories lead in the championship. Hamilton was fractionally faster than the Red Bull.
McLaren looked more competitive with Fernando Alonso evelenth and Jenson Button Fifteenth.
Red Bull has been targeting Singapore for a strong result Because their car will be able to hide the power deficit to the front runners. They were manging to hold of Ferrari in third. Marina Bay isn’t a power circuit and this means the Renault and Honda will be stronger.
Rosberg knows that he needs to mount a serious challenge against Hamilton for the title after he was forced to retire at Monza. His retirement allowed his team-mate Hamilton to extend his lead to 28 points over Rosberg. Also the German will be on his final power unit from this weekend.
The mid field were very close with Williams’s Valtteri Bottas 0.6 seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. While Max Verstappen was just 0.1 of a second down with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado completed the top 10.
Alex Rossi had a bad start to his race career crashing into the wall causing considerable damage to the right-hand side of the car.