Rosberg pips Verstappen in final Singapore practice

Nico Rosberg narrowly beat Max Verstappen to the final practice P1 in Singapore in a session where Lewis Hamilton got to know the Turn 7 escape road.

It was a slow start to final practice, not helped by Pascal Wehrlein's early crash. The German driver lost the back end of his Manor through Turns 11/12 and was pitched into a spin.

That ended with Wehrlein's car suffering rear end damage as he hit the barrier backwards. The session was red flagged for a few minutes as the marshals cleared the debris.

There was more drama as Verstappen uttered the words "wow, there is a giant lizard on the track" as a giant lizard stopped in its crossing of the track to allow his Red Bull by.

With the action back underway, Mercedes held down the 1-2 with Rosberg quickest on a 1:45.544, 0.262s up on Hamilton.

Sebastian Vettel was third, although the Ferrari driver was running the ultrasoft tyres to Mercedes' supersofts.

As the Brackley pairing headed out on the ultras Rosberg lowered the benchmark to a 1:44.352.

Hamilton then went purple in the first sector only to lock up on the bumps and head down the escape road at Turn 7 – and not for the first time in FP3. He finished down in eighth place.

Max Verstappen was second quickest, 0.059s down on Rosberg's best, finishing ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo and Vettel.

It was another solid practice for Nico Hulkenberg as he was sixth quickest ahead of Daniil Kvyat and Hamilton.

Esteban Gutierrez and Felipe Massa both made their mark on the circuit as they bounced off the wall.

Times
1  Nico Rosberg  Mercedes 1'44.352 15 laps
2  Max Verstappen  Red Bull 1'44.411 0.059 15 laps
3  Kimi Raikkonen  Ferrari 1'44.860 0.508 15 laps
4  Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull 1'44.903 0.551 12 laps
5  Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari 1'45.104 0.752 13 laps
6  Nico Hulkenberg  Force India 1'45.316 0.964 13 laps
7  Daniil Kvyat  Toro Rosso 1'45.503 1.151 19 laps
8  Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes 1'45.806 1.454 9 laps
9  Carlos Sainz Jr.  Toro Rosso 1'45.879 1.527 17 laps
10  Valtteri Bottas  Williams 1'45.947 1.595 16 laps
11  Sergio Perez  Force India 1'46.112 1.760 15 laps
12  Fernando Alonso  McLaren 1'46.164 1.812 13 laps
13  Esteban Gutierrez  Haas 1'46.316 1.964 16 laps
14  Felipe Massa  Williams 1'46.529 2.177 17 laps
15  Kevin Magnussen  Renault 1'47.116 2.764 11 laps
16  Jenson Button  McLaren 1'47.277 2.925 16 laps
17  Felipe Nasr  Sauber 1'47.293 2.941 18 laps
18  Romain Grosjean  Haas 1'47.411 3.059 20 laps
19  Marcus Ericsson  Sauber 1'47.956 3.604 20 laps
20  Jolyon Palmer  Renault 1'48.689 4.337 13 laps
21  Pascal Wehrlein  Manor 1'49.201 4.849 10 laps
22  Esteban Ocon  Manor 1'49.565 5.213 14 laps

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