Mercedes have already got some work to do that weekend after Bottas’ first apply session of the Singapore Grand Prix got here to an abrupt finish at Turn 19.
The Finn misplaced the rear of his car, locking his entrance wheels as he careered into the boundaries.
He was appeared sturdy for the primary half of the session, having simply gone faster than Lewis Hamilton on the identical tyres.
Red Bull then fitted the fastest compound on Verstappen’s car to offer him free reigns and he let fly with a greatest lap of 1:40.259.
That was two tenths of a second sooner than Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, however Hamilton was solely 0.666s.
Encouraging for Mercedes and Hamilton in specific although was the very fact the Briton was capable of sustain together with his rivals’ tempo on the toughest compound accessible.
“I feel they’re very a lot going to be the favourites right here,” admitted Red Bull boss Christian Horner.
“But we have a aggressive car and hopefully we are able to take the battle to them.”
There was additionally disappointment for Charles Leclerc, who had his session ended early on account of a gearbox fault.
The Frenchman has gained the final two Grands Prix, however Ferrari aren’t anticipated to be up close to the entrance this weekend with the Singapore monitor not taking part in to their strengths.
Elsewhere, it was one other encouraging session for McLaren, who have been seventh and eighth.
Nico Hulkenberg, who’s with out a seat for 2020 in the mean time, confirmed his tempo by ending better of the remaining in sixth, simply three-tenths behind Alexander Albon.