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Red Bull lead the way in Singapore as slippery track catches out drivers // Free Practice kicks off the weekend in Marina Bay

Published by Christine Blachford

Red Bull lead the way in Singapore as slippery track catches out drivers
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Morning rain made the first practice session of the Singapore weekend a tricky prospect, and plenty of drivers were spotted running wide or brushing up against the wall - including Hülkenberg, Palmer and more. Friday drivers were in action, with Giovinazzi in at Haas, and new boy Sean Gelael taking a turn in the Toro Rosso.

Force India were running an interesting new addition to their shark fin, with some kind of dinosaur style scales along the top. It was Red Bull fastest though, with Ricciardo leading Vettel and then Verstappen.

In the afternoon, there were plenty more spins and corner misses to take note of, with Grosjean, Stroll and Verstappen all hitting the wall. Sebastian Vettel clouted the barriers with a bit more force to do some damage, as did Kevin Magnussen.

McLaren seemed to have picked up the pace following the announcement of their split from Honda, with sixth and seventh place by the end of the session. It was Ricciardo on top again though, with Verstappen behind and Hamilton third.