Raikkonen pips Hamilton in Singapore practice

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen ended the opening day’s running for the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix fastest after the second 90 minute practice session around Marina Bay.

Raikkonen pipped Hamilton, the pair demoting Daniel Ricciardo who had been quickest in Practice 1.

The Ferrari and Mercedes duo were split by just 0.011s in Practice 2, having both used a set of hard compound Pirelli tyres to set their best laps as Ricciardo fell to fourth.

It was one spot behind Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen, more than half a second off the pace of Raikkonen.

A tag with the wall exiting the penultimate corner for Sebastian Vettel saw the German end his session in the garage.

Midway through Practice 2 Vettel ran wide exiting the 90 degree left-hander, brushing the wall with the face of both right side tyres.

He immediately took to the lane where his car leaked coolant, climbing out of the Ferrari and sitting out the balance of the session to end it ninth fastest.

Earlier, Vettel and Hamilton narrowly avoided contact when the world championship leader locked his brakes, just missing the back of Vettel’s Ferrari as he skated into the run off at Turn 8.

Verstappen reported an oil leak which Red Bull was able to quickly rectify, though the Dutch youngster also complained of a hesitation from his Renault engine throughout Practice 2.

Lance Stroll suffered a fire in his right rear brakes after a visor tear off found its way into the brake ducting, though the Canadian was able to get the car back to the garage where Williams set about fixing the issue.

Opening practice ended with Charles Leclerc brushing the wall on the approach to Turn 13, plucking the right front wheel off the Sauber.

The incident occurred as Leclerc shaped up to turn into the left hander, the car brushing the outcropping wall as the road bends to the right off the Anderson Bridge.

It had little impact though as the Monegasque driver parked the car as the chequered flag flew to end the session.

Practice 1 did prove the slower of the day’s running, with times more than a second off what Raikkonen managed in Practice 2 – Ricciardo’s best a 1:39.711 versus Raikkonen’s 1:38.699.

Valtteri Bottas was fifth fastest in Practice 2 ahead of Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean in the leading Haas.

Fernando Alonso banked the eighth best time ahead of the compromised Vettel, who didn’t manage a race simulation, and Nico Hulkenberg rounding out the top 10 for Renault.

Practice in Singapore continues with a final 60 minute session on Saturday at 2000 AEST prior to qualifying at 2300.

Results: Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, Practice 2

Pos Driver Team Laps Time
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 35 1:38.699
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 20 1:38.710
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 28 1:39.221
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 33 1:39.309
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 33 1:39.368
6 Carlos Sainz Renault 36 1:40.274
7 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 33 1:40.384
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren 31 1:40.459
9 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 12 1:40.633
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 35 1:40.668
11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 30 1:40.774
12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 37 1:40.812
13 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 33 1:40.870
14 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 37 1:41.062
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 32 1:41.154
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 32 1:41.164
17 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso Honda 38 1:41.542
18 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 36 1:41.615
19 Lance Stroll Williams Renault 17 1:42.141
20 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Renault 36 1:42.181

Results: Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, Practice 1

Pos Driver Team Laps Time
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 27 1:39.711
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 27 1:39.912
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 23 1:39.997
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 21 1:40.486
5 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 26 1:41.105
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 28 1:41.232
7 Carlos Sainz Renault 23 1:41.329
8 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 28 1:41.429
9 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 24 1:42.035
10 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 21 1:42.108
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 23 1:42.408
12 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 25 1:42.412
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 20 1:42.452
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 23 1:42.630
15 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 25 1:43.177
16 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 25 1:43.240
17 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso Honda 30 1:43.485
18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 30 1:43.849
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 29 1:44.036
20 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 11 1:45.160