Singapore GP: Friday Summary – Lewis vs Max is back while Perez gets reprimanded

20-09-2019 22:00
by Bevan Youl
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Singapore GP: Friday Summary – Lewis vs Max is back while Perez gets reprimanded

The Singapore Grand Prix this year looks to mark the return of Mercedes vs Red Bull as Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen split each practice session. While the Silver arrows also received a fine for fuel and Sergio Perez received a reprimand for an incident in FP2.

What happened in FP1 and FP2?
 
The top three teams traded the fastest times during FP1 with Verstappen the quickest in the end. Charles Leclerc encountered a gearbox problem with his Ferrari which left his running short until FP2 while Valtteri Bottas locked up into turn 19 crashing his Mercedes bringing out the red flag with half an hour to go.

Read the full FP1 report here!
 
Hamilton went the fastest under the lights in FP2 just ahead of Verstappen while teammate Bottas made it back out onto track after his crash, unable to find much pace though. Alex Albon suffered a hectic start to the evening hitting a barrier straight on losing his front wing, while Perez and Kevin Magnussen were summoned to the stewards after an incident between the two (more on that later!).

Read the full FP2 report here!

Mercedes fined €5000 for temperature breach in Hamilton’s car
 
The Silver Arrows broke technical regulations with the Brits car during FP1 with its fuel temperature as the fuel was more than 11 degrees centigrade lower than required. Hamilton’s fuel was registered at a temperature of 20.3 when it should have been 32 degrees celsius.

Read the full story here!
 
Perez reprimanded for incident with Magnussen during FP2
 
Both drivers had been summoned to the stewards at the end of FP2 after the Mexican seemingly blocked Magnussen, closing him off when he was trying to overtake, forcing him to back out and clip the wall taking some damage. The stewards decided to reprimand Perez for the incident, giving a full statement.

Read the full story here!
 
Nico Hulkenberg “couldn’t say no” to a Red Bull seat
 
The man on the grid being dropped by Renault at the end of the season and running out of options for 2020 after Haas confirmed Romain Grosjean would stay another year would go for the opportunity at Red Bull if it were there. The German feels his seat for next year is “to a big extent out of my control now, out of my hands”.

Read the full story here!

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