Charles Leclerc fastest in rain-hit FP3 in Singapore

charles leclerc in singapore practice

Charles Leclerc went fastest as the final practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix was hit by heavy rain, limiting running drastically.

The session got underway at the scheduled time of 6pm local time but the FIA kept the pitlane closed, meaning the clock was ticking to avoid any backlog on the day’s schedule but also meaning no-one could venture out onto the track.

Nor would they have really wanted to, given the treacherous conditions and the high-risk low-reward nature of potentially binning the car into one of the Marina Bay circuit’s walls in a session that obviously counted for little in the grand scheme of things this weekend.

Indeed, we only really saw cars for the second half of the session out on track, though conditions did at least improve quickly enough for them to move from full wet tyres and onto intermediates, giving the drivers a chance to tackle the track in the wet, with the conditions potentially set to be replicated further on in the weekend.

In the end, it would be Charles Leclerc who would take P1 in the session ahead of Max Verstappen, whilst Carlos Sainz was third fastest ahead of Fernando Alonso, who we saw in Canada earlier this year excelling in variable conditions.

Sergio Perez was P5 whilst Lance Stroll made it a hat-trick of top 10s for him in Singapore practice sessions this weekend, coming ahead of Esteban Ocon in the other Alpine and Sebastian Vettel in the other Aston Martin.

George Russell was P9, meanwhile, and Daniel Ricciardo completed the top 10.

An interesting session even if running was limited, and now we get to the all-important business of qualifying at 2pm UK time.

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