Singapore F1 Grand Prix 2017 Qualifying: Results, Times from Friday's Practice

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 15, 2017

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 15:  Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 15, 2017 in Singapore.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Daniel Ricciardo topped the timesheets in both practice sessions at the 2017 Singapore Formula One Grand Prix on Friday with a time of one minute, 42.489 seconds in the first and 1:40.852 in the second.

He finished ahead of Sebastian Vettel and team-mate Max Verstappen in FP1, who were just 0.109 and 0.121 seconds behind, respectively, while Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were behind him in FP2.

Read on for a look at how the action played out.

                        

FP2 Recap

F1's official Twitter account shared the classification after FP2:

As they had in the earlier session, Red Bull quickly established a one-two at the top of the timesheets.

Ricciardo and Verstappen alternated in first place, before the Australian stamped down his authority on the track where he has enjoyed three consecutive podium finishes:

Verstappen was fortunate to escape damage to his car when he oversteered into the tyres, as was Vettel when he slid into the barriers minutes later:

They weren't the only drivers to encounter difficulties, as Valtteri Bottas and Kevin Magnussen also touched a wall, while Romain Grosjean went off the track at Turn 2 and Sergio Perez almost collided with a Ferrari as he left the pit lane.

Mercedes were not able to trouble Red Bull on the timesheets in FP2, but Hamilton's superior pace in the long runs to close the session out will provide them some encouragement heading into the weekend.

                                  

FP1 Recap

Here is the classification, per F1:

The drivers set out in damp conditions and struggled somewhat for grip as a result, though that didn't stop Bottas from recording the first time in the session and quickly improving upon it.

It did, however, cause Nico Hulkenberg some problems:

Red Bull duo Verstappen and Ricciardo were able to top their Mercedes counterparts Lewis Hamilton and Bottas using ultrasoft tyres, while Ferrari's Vettel split the two teams when he shot into third.

Further back, Marcus Ericsson's exit from the track at Turn 18 prompted the yellow flags, while Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso encountered some technical difficulties:

A switch to ultrasofts saw the Silver Arrows pair briefly establish their dominance on the timesheet, but it would prove short-lived as they struggled for control later in the session.

Ricciardo, Vettel and Verstappen took full advantage to lay down a marker ahead of Friday's second session.