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Carlos Sainz pips Charles Leclerc by 0.018s to lead another Ferrari one-two in Singapore Friday practice; George Russell third for Mercedes; Red Bull off pace with Sergio Perez seventh and Max Verstappen eighth; Practice Three at 10.30am Sat ahead of Qualifying at 2pm, live on Sky F1

Last Updated: 15/09/23 3:16pm

Carlos Sainz topped P2 at the Singapore GP on Friday

Carlos Sainz topped P2 at the Singapore GP on Friday

Ferrari laid down a marker at the Singapore Grand Prix as Carlos Sainz led Charles Leclerc for another 1-2 in Practice Two, while Red Bull were well off the pace.

The two Ferraris were comfortably ahead of the rest of the field under the lights at Marina Bay on Friday, with Sainz posting a best time of 1:32.120.

After topping the opening session, Leclerc had to settle for second in the Practice Two timesheet as he was 0.018s off his team-mate’s leading time.

George Russell was the closest challenger, but he could only get his Mercedes within 0.235s of Sainz’s benchmark.

“The Ferraris are looking good on track at the moment,” Sky Sports F1’s Karun Chandhok said in commentary.

“No real imbalances, the drivers are ready to attack the corners.”

Red Bull continue to struggle in second practice as Sergio Perez tells his engineer on the team radio he feels like he is going to crash when he brakes

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Red Bull continue to struggle in second practice as Sergio Perez tells his engineer on the team radio he feels like he is going to crash when he brakes

Red Bull continue to struggle in second practice as Sergio Perez tells his engineer on the team radio he feels like he is going to crash when he brakes

While the Ferrari car looked very balanced, the same could not be said for Red Bull who were surprisingly off the pace.

Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen ended up seventh and eighth respectively, around seven-tenths off Sainz with both drivers visibly struggling with handling and Perez saying on team radio he felt like he was “going to crash” in every braking zone. Verstappen’s hot lap was impacted by traffic in the middle sector.

Red Bull can secure the Constructors’ Championship this weekend but that is only possible if they secure a one-two finish in Sunday’s race.

Fernando Alonso was fourth fastest in the Aston Martin 0.358s off Sainz’s time, with Lewis Hamilton a further tenth back in the second Mercedes and Lando Norris another tenth further back in the upgraded MCL60.

“I’m excited for qualifying already. We have five teams in the top seven and Red Bull are only seventh,” Chandhok said. Qualifying takes place at 2pm on Saturday.

The top 10 was rounded out by Kevin Magnussen’s Haas and Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo.

Alex Albon will be playing catch-up on Saturday after his session was ended after only 10 minutes and five laps of running due to a power unit issue on his Williams.

More to follow…



By Dave Jenks

Dave Jenks is an American novelist and Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Between those careers, he’s worked as a deckhand, commercial fisherman, divemaster, taxi driver, construction manager, and over the road truck driver, among many other things. He now lives on a sea island, in the South Carolina Lowcountry, with his wife and youngest daughter. They also have three grown children, five grand children, three dogs and a whole flock of parakeets. Stinnett grew up in Melbourne, Florida and has also lived in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico. His next dream is to one day visit and dive Cuba.