SINGAPORE – Red Bull's Max Verstappen lapped fastest in opening practice for the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix on Friday with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel close behind.
The Dutchman set a benchmark time of one minute, 40.259 seconds over the first of the day’s two 90-minute sessions. Vettel, a four-time winner at the twisting Marina Bay track, was 0.167 seconds adrift.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was third for Mercedes, 0.666 seconds off the pace.
The Briton, who leads team mate Valtteri Bottas by 63 points with seven races to go, is also a four-times winner in Singapore.
Hamilton is looking to return Mercedes to the top of the podium after two successive defeats to Ferrari in Belgium and Italy.