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Valtteri Bottas crashes out of first practice at the Singapore Grand Prix after slamming into the barriers on the Marina Bay street circuit

  • Valtteri Bottas has crashed out of the first practice at the Singapore Grand Prix 
  • The Finn slammed into the barriers at turn 19 of the Marina Bay street circuit 
  • He is the closest challenger to Brit Lewis Hamilton in the driver’s standings 
  • Max Verstappen put in the fastest lap in the opening practice session on Friday 

Valtteri Bottas crashed out of first practice for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Bottas, Lewis Hamilton‘s closest challenger for this season’s championship, lost control of his Mercedes at Turn 19, slamming into the barriers.

Bottas was unscathed in the low-speed accident, but the Finn sustained serious damage to the front of his car.

Valtteri Bottas was given a lift back to the pits after crashing out on first practice in Singapore

Valtteri Bottas was given a lift back to the pits after crashing out on first practice in Singapore

The Finn slammed into the barriers at turn 19 of the Marina Bay street circuit in Singapore

The Finn slammed into the barriers at turn 19 of the Marina Bay street circuit in Singapore

The front of Bottas' car took extensive damage after the low-speed crash in practice

The front of Bottas’ car took extensive damage after the low-speed crash in Singapore

The front of Bottas' Mercedes car is badly damaged after crashing at the Marina Bay Circuit

The front of Bottas’ Mercedes car is badly damaged after crashing at the Marina Bay Circuit

The opening running at the Marina Bay circuit was suspended to retrieve Bottas’ machine.

Hamilton is 63 points clear of his Mercedes team-mate in the standings with seven rounds remaining.

It remains to be seen whether the Finn’s team can make the required amendments to the car in time for the start of second practice, due to get underway at 13.30 BST.  

Following Bottas’ crash, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen set the pace in the opening running.

Verstappen finished 0.167 seconds clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel with Hamilton third, six tenths off the pace.

Charles Leclerc arrived in Singapore as the sport’s in-form driver following successive victories in Belgium and Italy.

But the Monegasque’s weekend got off to an underwhelming start as a gearbox issue restricted him to just a dozen laps.

The Finn's Mercedes was lifted with a crane off the Marina Bay street circuit on Friday

The Finn’s Mercedes was lifted with a crane off the Marina Bay street circuit on Friday 

Bottas is 63 points behind Mercedes team-mate and current world champion Lewis Hamilton

Bottas is 63 points behind Mercedes team-mate and current world champion Lewis Hamilton

 

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