FP2: Raikkonen ahead as Vettel scrubs wall

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Singapore, Marina Bay Street Circuitsg

Ferrari's flying Finn, Kimi Raikkonen topped Friday's practice at Singapore, narrowly edging out Lewis Hamilton who ended up a close second, at just 0.011s. Max Verstappen led Red Bull's challenge but was half a second down.

Daniel Ricciardo, who ended FP1 as the fastest man, was fourth fastest and 6 tenths down on the pace setter, triggering him quickly to say that he believes Red Bull are not the favourites at this track, contrary to Monaco earlier on in the season.

Valtteri Bottas was 5th fastest and still very close to the Red Bulls ahead, while Carlos Sainz led the midfield runners for Renault, 1.5s down on Raikkonen. Romain Grosjean and Fernando Alonso followed in 7th and 8th.

Sebastian Vettel just made it into the top 10, even though he only managed to complete 12 laps. The German became a little too familiar with the wall on the penultimate corner of a quick lap. He quickly returned to the pits. While it seemed that there was no real car damage, Ferrari or Vettel still opted to end their day early.

Nico Hulkenberg completed the top 10, making sure Renault continues to be in the top 10 with both its cars.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
17Kimi RäikkönenFERRARI1:38.699-35
244Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:38.710+0.011s20
333Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING TAG HEUER1:39.221+0.522s28
43Daniel RicciardoRED BULL RACING TAG HEUER1:39.309+0.610s33
577Valtteri BottasMERCEDES1:39.368+0.669s33
655Carlos SainzRENAULT1:40.274+1.575s36
78Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI1:40.384+1.685s33
814Fernando AlonsoMCLAREN RENAULT1:40.459+1.760s31
95Sebastian VettelFERRARI1:40.633+1.934s12
1027Nico HulkenbergRENAULT1:40.668+1.969s35
1111Sergio PerezFORCE INDIA MERCEDES1:40.774+2.075s30
129Marcus EricssonSAUBER FERRARI1:40.812+2.113s37
1331Esteban OconFORCE INDIA MERCEDES1:40.870+2.171s33
1416Charles LeclercSAUBER FERRARI1:41.062+2.363s37
1520Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:41.154+2.455s32
162Stoffel VandoorneMCLAREN RENAULT1:41.164+2.465s32
1728Brendon HartleySCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA1:41.542+2.843s38
1810Pierre GaslySCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA1:41.615+2.916s36
1918Lance StrollWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:42.141+3.442s17
2035Sergey SirotkinWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:42.181+3.482s36