'Ending at the top of the lapchart' tweeted Scuderia Ferrari, which placed Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen on the front row on Singapore’s closing practice, ahead of both Red Bulls. Mercedes could only be third.
Vettel was nearly half a second up his team-mate, and both Ferrari and Red Bull are 'looking mighty' - as Martin Brundle says. Lewis Hamilton truly faces challenge and his run of seven consecutive poles could be up.
Asked whether if Mercedes was showing their true pace, Paddy Lowe rapidly said yes, and they’ve got some work to do in preparation for the all-important qualifying. And it is quite important here in Marina Bay, as only twice has a non-pole starter won the race.
For McLaren it was Fernando Alonso with the good news, just two-tenths shy of Nico Rosberg’s time in P7, ahead of both Toro Rosso’s and Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber in the top ten.
Towards the bottom of the grid, Alex Rossi was again fastest than Will Stevens, as both cars went right into the soft tires from the start, after missing out plenty of time at FP1 and FP2.
All seems to line-up for a most exciting Qualifying session, 9am ET Saturday; 9pm local time (UTC +08:00).
FP3 Top 5 Times:
1. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1:45.682
2. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, +0.450
3. Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull, +0.485
4. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, +0.677
5. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, +1.120