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FIA stewards take no action over Turn 1 crash in Singapore


The FIA stewards have taken no further action over the Turn 1 crash between Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen during Sunday’s Formula 1 race in Singapore.

Vettel, Raikkonen and Verstappen came together on the run down to the first corner at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, with all three sustaining damage to their cars that forced them to retire from the race.

The FIA race stewards confirmed soon after the clash they would be investigating the incident after the race to see if any driver was to blame.

Despite Verstappen pointing the finger at Vettel for moving across the track, the FIA confirmed not long after the race that no action would be taken.

“The stewards consider that no driver was found to have been wholly or predominantly to blame for the incident, and will therefore take no further action,” a report from the FIA reads.

The incident dealt a big blow to Vettel’s title hopes, with the German driver making no secret of his disappointment when speaking to NBCSN after the race, having slipped to 28 points behind Lewis Hamilton.

Ferrari teammates Vettel and Raikkonen fastest in rainy final practice at Australian GP

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen went one-two in the final practice session ahead of qualifying at the water-logged Australian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Vettel set a best-lap time of 1 minute, 26.067 seconds, more than 2.4 seconds faster than his teammate in second.

Both Ferrari drivers switched from their intermediate tires to the super-fast, ultra-soft tires for the final few laps of the session, testing conditions on the track after a day-long downpour left it slick and filled with small puddles.

Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton did not opt to try out their soft tires, sticking to the intermediates for the entire session. They had the seventh- and eighth-fastest times, after topping the leaderboard in practice in dry conditions on Friday.

The heavy rains subsided by early afternoon, allowing the track to rapidly dry during the third practice session and making conditions safe for drivers to test their soft tires.

Still, only a few drivers completed a timed lap with the softer compounds, with Mercedes, Red Bull and most of the others staying with their intermediates.

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson had the third-fastest time of the session on ultrasoft tires, followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on intermediates.

Hamilton remains the favorite to capture his fifth straight pole position at the Australian Grand Prix in qualifying later Saturday. He had the fastest laps on ultrasoft tires in the two practice sessions on Friday, though Verstappen was right behind him.

Verstappen and Vettel both slid on the slick track early in the third practice session, but maintained control and completed their runs without incident.

Verstappen’s teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, had the sixth-fastest time of the session. The Australian’s chances of winning his fifth career Grand Prix on his home track in Melbourne took a hit late Friday when he was assessed a three-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race.

The Australian driver was penalized for driving too fast under red-flag conditions during Friday’s second practice session because of debris on the track.