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Formula 1 Singapore 2017: McLaren surprised in the training

Saturday, September 16th, 2017 | Sports

16. September 2017 – 13:03

Max Verstappen finished the last free practice at the best time

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Max Verstappen (Red Bull) secured the best time in the third free practice session at the Grand Prix of Singapore (Formula 1 2017 live on the ticker). The big surprise of the final session before the qualifying were the McLaren drivers Fernando Alonso (+0.554) and Stoffel Vandoorne (+0.610), who landed on the positions four and five.Olonso stood for a long time at the box, while on his car was worked out. As soon as he took up his program, however, he immediately joined in the front line. And this despite the Honda engine, which is considered the worst in the field. "Speaks for the chassis," says Formula One expert Marc Surer. And for that, McLaren has prepared for the perhaps biggest opportunity of the season. The same applies to Red Bull: According to Daniel Ricciardo yesterday this time stopping the best time. 1: 41.829 minutes lead to Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), who had a good start from the first minute and could make fast laps at any time: "Vettel is back where he was, who worked well overnight" , says Surer, but at the same time he says: "Rikknen is a bit worried." The "Iceman" landed at ninth place with 0.879 seconds behind. Ricciardo, fastest on Friday, was beaten sixth. On his quali-simulation, he was two-tenths of a second quicker than staggering until he touched the wall. That was just a few minutes before the final. Just a minute later Teamchef Christian Horner slipped his heart into his pocket, as he got stuck and announced problems. The Dutchman was still able to save himself in the pits.For Surer, Red Bull remains "polemic" nevertheless pole favorite. "But they can not turn their engines like Ferrari and especially Mercedes," he says. Speaking of Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton (+0.142) was third, Valtteri Bottas did not regain any grip and finished eighth place with 0.763 seconds. Both Ferrari and Mercedes dominate clear lines. Renault Hlkenberg (Renault / + 0,720) had to break off one of his fast lap when short red flags were panned because of Marcus Ericsson's (20./Sauber/+4,510) wall kiss (rear wing loose) , But he still shows a lightning-quick performance, which could make him close to his goal of becoming "Best of the Rest" in Singapore. The Force Indias with the new "Stegosaurus" -flights were tenth and eleventh. Whether the force relationship will remain so until qualifying, however, is not in stone. The asphalt temperatures decrease under floodlight. That could meet Mercedes. "The track characteristics in Singapore are approaching Red Bulls Aero's philosophy with a very high angle of attack:" "It is simply the track characteristics, but the aerodynamics at high speed, but more the mechanical grip." Different teams are following different aerodynamic concepts, and Red Bull has the philosophy of driving the car quite high, which works very well at these low speeds, "explains Lowe.

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