Red Bull dominates FP2 in Singapore
The second free practice before the Grand Prix of Singapore had an unexpected outcome with Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat setting the fastest lap ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in Ferrari and another Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo.
The session was red flagged just five minutes after the start as Will Stevens lost control of his Marussia and slid sideways in the barriers at a low speed. His car was quickly removed from the track and free practice was resumed. Soon after, Carlos Sainz was forced to go into the pit because of left rear gear puncture.
After 30 minutes, Lewis Hamilton was on top with a lap time 1:47.633 which was just was 0.026s better than Kimi Raikkonen’s result. Daniil Kvyat was third, 0.043s behind and, interestingly, eight drivers were within one second. Surprisingly, one of them was Fernando Alonso in McLaren.
After all drivers switched to supersoft tyres, Ferrari pair was on top with Raikkonen’s lap time 1:46.181 which was 0.306s faster than Vettel’s lap time. But, Red Bulls looked sharp as Daniel Ricciardo was just behind Raikkonen, and soon a new best lap time was set by Daniil Kvyat 1:46.142, after half of the practice.
During the remaining 45 minutes, the drivers were pretty cautious, paying more attention to the reliability and different set-ups than to the speed. Mercedes this time was underperforming as Lewis Hamilton was fourth 0.337s behind Kvyat, while Nico Rosberg was seventh wth a gap of 0.639s.