Free Practice 1 in Singapore was led by Max Verstappen, as Red Bull’s expected pace managed to shine through round the lengthy street circuit. Lewis Hamilton ran the halo device early on, and finished the morning fourth, whilst Rosberg was slightly down on his teammate but more down on luck – he crashed into the wall and damaged his front wing. Jenson Button also stopped out on track after just three minutes of the session, causing a virtual safety car thanks to a fuel system issue.
In the afternoon, Rosberg recovered from his incident to post the fastest lap time, with Räikkönen and Verstappen behind him. Hamilton led the way early on but had to cut short his afternoon’s running after his Mercedes picked up a hydraulic problem. Ricciardo also stayed in the garage for longer than he would have liked after clipping the wall. Sainz and Alonso also had run ins with the wall but both were mostly unharmed. Romain Grosjean, however, spun into the barriers and damaged the rear wing on his Haas.
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