A hard day’s night for Rossi | 2015 Singapore GP – Free Practice 1

It was a familiar sight in Free Practice 1 ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton setting the benchmark times.

The haze which has worried many about the feasibility of the race entirely, was nowhere near as severe as most predicted, and so the session hit no difficulties in that respect.

The long hour-and-a-half session saw most drivers opt for the harder compound soft tyres and attempt longer runs, a tyre which Pirelli think will be around 1.5 seconds slower per lap than the red-banded super soft tyres.

Red Bull have been saying for a long time that they expected the tight and twisty city state to favour their RB11, as the short straights hide the fact that their Renault power unit can’t compete with Ferrari or Mercedes. Due to the track’s low-speed nature, downforce plays a much more important role, and this plays in to the hands of Red Bull nicely, who are more well-endowed than most when it comes to Carbon Fiber.

The same could not be said for Williams, who have excelled at power circuits this year, but were miles off the pace in Monaco, failing to score a single point. Bottas managed to get up to sixth in the overall standings of FP1, but Massa was way down the order, with only Kvyat – who hit early trouble in the session – and both Marussia cars to lean on.

Maybe the leaning got too much for Marussia debutant Alexander Rossi, because with just three minutes to go in the session, he clouted the wall at Turn 18 and ripped off the right-side suspension.

That brought out the red flags, and subsequently ended the session, leaving Manor Marussia with plenty of work to do ahead of FP2.

1) N. Rosberg, Mercedes, 1’47.995 (27 Laps)
2) L. Hamilton, Mercedes, 1’48.314 (+0.319 (24 Laps))
3) D. Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1’48.331 (+0.336 (21 Laps))
4) S. Vettel, Ferrari, 1’48.494 (+0.499 (23 Laps))
5) K. Räikkönen, Ferrari, 1’48.785 (+0.790 ((20 Laps)
6) V. Bottas, Williams, 1’49.380 (+1.385 (19 Laps))
7) M. Verstappen, Toro Rosso, 1’49.466 (+1.471 (17 Laps))
8) N. Hülkenberg, Force India, 1’49.854 (+1.859 (21 Laps))
9) C. Sainz, Toro Rosso, 1’50.019 (+2.024 (28 Laps))
10) P. Maldonado, Lotus, 1’50.068 (+2.073 (21 Laps))
11) F. Alonso, McLaren, 1’50.123, (2.128 (21 Laps))
12) S. Pérez, Force India, 1’50.125, (+2.130 (23 Laps))
13) F. Nasr, Sauber, 1’50.158 (+2.163 (18 Laps))
14) R. Grosjean, Lotus, 1’50.341 (+2.346 (23 Laps))
15) J. Button, McLaren, 1’50.455 (+2.460 (21 Laps))
16) M. Ericsson, Sauber, 1’50.883 (+2.888 (21 Laps))
17) F. Massa, Williams, 1’51.035 (+3.040 (18 Laps))
18) D. Kvyat, Red Bull, 1’51.188 (+3.193 (8 Laps))
19) W. Stevens, Marussia, 1’53.903 (+5.908 (20 Laps))
20) A. Rossi, Marussia, 1’53.918 (+5.923 (18 Laps))

All times via FORIX

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