Sainz heads Ferrari 1-2 in Singapore as Red Bull struggle, Verstappen only P8
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Ferrari continued to be the team to beat at the Marina Bay Street Circuit after a 1-2 finish in the opening session.F1 Singapore Grand Prix 2023 – Friday Practice ResultsSainz and Leclerc traded best times throughout the first 30 minutes of running.Has Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen Had Better Teammates?Video of Has Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen Had Better Teammates?Leclerc looked like he was going to take top spot, going two-tenths clear of Sainz heading into the final sector, before making a mistake.This put Sainz top of the pile, with less than a tenth between the two Ferrari drivers.Based on Friday, they’re the favourites for pole, particularly as Red Bull’s one-lap pace was unimpressive in FP2.Sergio Perez was the lead Red Bull in seventh, 0.692s down on Sainz’s top time, while Max Verstappen – who has never won in Singapore – was only eighth.Red Bull’s difficulties were evident by Perez’s radio message during FP2.He said: “It’s just not coming mate. Every braking zone I feel like I’m gonna . The rear is just stepping out massively.”In terms of Ferrari’s nearest challenger, Mercedes’ George Russell was 0.235s down in third.Related Marko officially warned by the FIA after controversial Perez comments Schumacher’s ‘Plan B’ for 2024 revealed as hopes of F1 return diminish
Fernando Alonso was a strong fourth ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris.Kevin Magnussen and Valtteri Bottas finished behind the two Red Bulls as they rounded out the top 10.
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