Raikkonen pips Hamilton as wall strike delays Vettel | 2018 Singapore Grand Prix second practice

Ferrari and Mercedes were separated by just 11 thousandths of a second at the top of the times sheets at the end of second practice in Singapore.

Kimi Raikkonen led the way, pipping Lewis Hamilton to the top time. But the other Ferrari only covered a dozen laps following a brush with a barrier.

During his qualifying simulation run Sebastian Vettel was on course to improve his time when he bounced off the wall at the exit of turn 21. He immediately pitted and Ferrari began investigating his car’s radiators intensely. He never rejoined the track, meaning he missed his only chance to run a race simulation in representative track conditions.

The Red Bull drivers couldn’t get within half a second of either of them, though not for a lack of trying. Max Verstappen reported a loss of power on his car which the team had difficulty tracing.

Valtteri Bottas was fifth-quickest after a near-miss with the wall at the final corner when he ran wide at the end of a flying lap.

Renault again put in a good account of themselves, Carlos Sainz Jnr leading the midfield and Nico Hulkenberg also squeezing into the top 10. They were separated by Romain Grosjean, Fernando Alonso and the delayed Vettel.

Marcus Ericsson was the quicker of the Sauber drivers in 12th despite a brief spin. The Williams pair were last, Lance Stroll forced to pit with a right-rear brake fire at one stage.

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Second practice visual gaps

Kimi Raikkonen – 1’38.699

+0.011 Lewis Hamilton – 1’38.710

+0.522 Max Verstappen – 1’39.221

+0.610 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’39.309

+0.669 Valtteri Bottas – 1’39.368

+1.575 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’40.274

+1.685 Romain Grosjean – 1’40.384

+1.760 Fernando Alonso – 1’40.459

+1.934 Sebastian Vettel – 1’40.633

+1.969 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’40.668

+2.075 Sergio Perez – 1’40.774

+2.113 Marcus Ericsson – 1’40.812

+2.171 Esteban Ocon – 1’40.870

+2.363 Charles Leclerc – 1’41.062

+2.455 Kevin Magnussen – 1’41.154

+2.465 Stoffel Vandoorne – 1’41.164

+2.843 Brendon Hartley – 1’41.542

+2.916 Pierre Gasly – 1’41.615

+3.442 Lance Stroll – 1’42.141

+3.482 Sergey Sirotkin – 1’42.181

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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