SINGAPORE GP – Kimi Raikkonen fastest in FP2 by a hundredth over Lewis Hamilton

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Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was fastest by one-hundredth of a second over the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton in the second practice session for this weekend Singapore Grand Prix. The Finn set his fastest time early on using the Ultrasoft tyres.

His lap time put him faster than the Mercedes, after his teammate Sebastian Vettel sat out most of the session. The four times champion made heavy contact with the wall at turn twenty one, forcing him to abandon his lap and miss the remainder of the session.

The two four times champions also nearly crashed into each other, after Hamilton got very closed behind and nearly ran into the back of the Ferrari.

Both Mercedes and Ferrari appear to hold the advantage in the night time conditions over Red Bull, as Max Verstappen slipped further behind Raikkonen’s fastest time in third. But he was heard complaining to the team about a series of performance issues, as was teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

Verstappen’s RB14 also suffered a small oil leak before the Dutchman reported suffering engine issues, although he was able to complete the session.

Valtteri Bottas was fifth fastest after again being unable to match the pace of his teammate. The Finn was 0.658s off Hamilton’s impressive time, a gap which grew from just 0.2s in FP1.

Renault again continued where they left off in FP1, with Carlos Sainz continuing his strong start to the weekend in sixth, nine tenths off the overall pace from Raikkonen. But, that put him ahead of Romain Grosjean’s Haas and Fernando Alonso’s McLaren, while Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top ten.

Force India brought a upgrade for this race, but Sergio Perez was over two seconds off the pace. That left him ahead of the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson, who kept it out the barrier after spinning at turn five. Perez’s teammate Esteban Ocon was thirteenth.

On average, drivers were between 1.5 and 2.2s faster on the hyper-soft tyre compared to the ultra-soft compound and the cooler, evening conditions of FP2 are also far more similar to what will be seen in both qualifying and the race.

Charles Leclerc recovered from his FP1 incident where he damaged the suspension to finish fourteenth ahead of the second Haas of Kevin Magnussen.

Brendon Hartley was seventeenth with his Toro Rosso teammate Pierre Gasly eighteenth. Williams once again rounded out the bottom end of the table, almost three and a half seconds off the overall pace. Lance Stroll suffering a  brake fire during the session, but was able to get it under control by slowing down to cool the brakes and return to the pits.

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