Sainz completes Ferrari practice hattrick as Red Bull struggle again

Ferrari have topped all practice sessions in Singapore as Max Verstappen and Red Bull have struggled for pace.

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Carlos Sainz put Ferrari up at the top of the timing sheets for the third consecutive session during final practice for the Singapore GP, beating out the Mercedes of George Russell by 0.069s.

Red Bull struggled for pace once again, with Max Verstappen coming on the radio to say that his upshifts were “unacceptable” and Sergio Perez suffering similar struggles to the Friday practice sessions, with the drivers back in 4th and 8th respectively.

Lando Norris was third for McLaren as the British team’s host of upgrades continued to pay dividends around the Marina Bay Street Circuit, with Charles Leclerc 5th behind Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton was fifth, just under five tenths off Sainz’s time, ahead of Oscar Piastri and Perez, with the Haas of Nico Hulkenberg and the AlphaTauri of Yuki Tsunoda completing the top 10.

Verstappen struggled throughout the session, continuing the theme for Red Bull as their rivals sniff a rare opportunity to challenge the champions at the front, with the Dutchman’s record breaking run of victories potentially under threat.

And the problem was not isolated to his car as Perez again highlighted issues with stability under braking.

Where can I watch the 2023 Singapore GP?

For viewers in the UK, every session of the 2023 Singapore GP will be shown live on Sky Sports F1, with highlights on Channel 4.

Meanwhile, if you are in the USA, every session will be shown across ESPN

F1 fans in Australia will be able to catch all the action on Fox Sports, while those in Canada can watch on TSN.

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