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2014-09-20 13:40

GLIMMER OF HOPE: Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in the first and third practice session ahead of the 2014 Singapore GP. Image: AP/ Aaron Favila

SINGAPORE - Fernando Alonso continued his promising 2014 Singapore GP weekend for struggling Ferrari by finishing fastest in final practice before qualifying on Saturday (September 20).

Alonso clocked a best time of 1min47.299 seconds, the fastest of the weekend, under the fading light at the Marina Bay Street Circuit where he won in 2008 and 2010.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was second quickest in the session, just 0.051 seconds slower than Alonso, who has had a tough year with the Italian team and managed only two podiums.


World championship leader Nico Rosberg was third fastest for Mercedes, 0.189 seconds down on Alonso after completing 15 laps in the hour long session.

His team mate and bitter title rival Lewis Hamilton could only manage the sixth best time of the day, however, after struggling for grip.

Hamilton, who was quickest on Friday, lost control of his car early at turn five and also ran wide on the final corner of the demanding street circuit as he could only manage a best time of 1min47.738.

Jean Eric Vergne was a surprising fourth fastest for Toro Rosso ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, the defending F1 World champion and winner of the last three races in the Southeast Asian citystate.

The Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas had a far better performance on Saturday finishing seventh and eight fastest. The duo could only finish 17th and 18th on Friday (September 19).

2014 Singapore GP at the Marina Bay circuit:
Third Practice Session
1 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1min47.299
2 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 1min47.350
3 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min47.488
4 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 1min47.693
5 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 1min47.711
6 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min47.738
7 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 1min47.909
8 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 1min48.205
9 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1min48.226
10 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber 1min48.422
11 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 1min48.450
12 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren 1min48.577
13 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min48.599
14 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso 1min48.637
15 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 1min49.078
16 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber 1min49.115
17 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1min49.485
18 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 1min50.149
19 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - Ferrari 1min50.376
20 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham 1min50.939
21 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - Ferrari 1min51.221
22 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham 1min51.598

Second practice
First practice

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