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Daniel Ricciardo quickest in opening Singapore F1 practice

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Daniel Ricciardo made a flying start to Formula 1’s Singapore Grand Prix weekend by topping opening practice for Red Bull at Marina Bay with a new track record.

Red Bull entered the Singapore weekend fancying its chances of putting up a stronger fight to F1 pace-setters Mercedes and Ferrari, with the tight and twisting nature of the street circuit suiting its RB13 chassis well.

Ricciardo showed a good pace throughout FP1, ultimately rising to the top of the timesheets with a best lap of 1:42.489, the fastest time recorded around the Marina Bay Street Circuit’s current configuration.

Ricciardo edged out pre-race favorite Sebastian Vettel at the top of the timesheets, with the Ferrari racer finishing one-tenth of a second off the pace.

Max Verstappen underpinned his Red Bull teammate’s pace by finishing third-fastest, less than two-hundredths of a second back from Vettel, while F1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton wound up fourth for Mercedes.

Sergio Perez made a solid start to the weekend by taking fifth for Force India, finishing ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, who was almost a second off the pace during a raggedy session.

Kimi Raikkonen was seventh-fastest for Ferrari ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, who reported a loss of engine power, limiting his track time.

Nico Hulkenberg was ninth for Renault, while Daniil Kvyat completed the top 10 for Toro Rosso, leading its charge as FP1 stand-in Sean Gelael finished over three seconds behind in P18.

Ferrari youngster Antonio Giovinazzi also appeared in FP1 for Haas, taking Kevin Magnussen’s seat for the session, and finished just three-tenths slower than regular driver Romain Grosjean.

Practice in Singapore continues with FP2 live from 8:30am ET today on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app.

Ka-boom! NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon blows up brand new car body

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Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).

The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.

And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Well, for a few seconds, that is.

As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.

Check out the big ka-boom: