Phillip Horton  |    |   1  |  14 September 2018

Kimi Raikkonen quickest in FP2 as Sebastian Vettel hits the wall

Outgoing Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen led the way during second practice for Formula 1’s Singapore Grand Prix, as team-mate Sebastian Vettel hit the wall.

Raikkonen set a new track record of 1:38.699 beneath the floodlights as the field found substantial gains upon switching to the pink-banded Hypersofts, compared to the Ultrasofts and Softs.

Raikkonen’s lap left him a mere 0.011s clear of reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton, who recovered from an early off at Turn 14 that almost resulted in him hitting title rival Vettel.

In Full: Singapore FP2 results

Four-time Singapore winner Vettel, striving to overturn Hamilton’s 30-point advantage, compromised his preparations for the weekend by hitting the wall on his Hypersoft effort.

Vettel clipped the Turn 21 exit wall with both the front-right and rear-right of his SF71H and immediately ducked into the pit lane for Ferrari to assess the damage and undertake repairs.

It proved to be his last contribution to the session as he did not re-emerge from the garage, leaving him unable to partake in the race simulation phase, and he finished the session down in ninth place, courtesy of his earlier Ultrasoft effort.

Red Bull took third and fourth, with Max Verstappen in front of Daniel Ricciardo, albeit both over half a second behind pacesetter Raikkonen.

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas was fifth after running extremely wide through Turn 23 on his Hypersoft effort.

Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr. led the midfield group in sixth place, a tenth of a second in front of Haas’ Romain Grosjean, who held a similarly slender gap over McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.

Nico Hulkenberg completed the top 10 for Renault, behind the aforementioned Vettel, with the Force India and Sauber quartet next up: Sergio Perez leading Marcus Ericsson, who spun through Turn 5, Esteban Ocon and FP1 crasher Charles Leclerc.

Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne both trailed their respective Haas and McLaren team-mates as they wound up 15th and 16th, as Toro Rosso and Williams finished at the rear of the field.

Brendon Hartley edged Pierre Gasly as both finished almost half a second adrift of nearest rival Vandoorne.

The Toro Rosso drivers held a similar buffer over tail enders Williams.

Lance Stroll was compromised by a brake fire on the rear-right of his FW41, while team-mate Sergey Sirotkin brought up the rear of the 20-car field.

Singapore - Practice 2

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Flag   Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:38.699 35
2 Flag   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:38.710 0.011 20
3 Flag   Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:39.221 0.522 28
4 Flag   Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:39.309 0.610 33
5 Flag   Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:39.368 0.669 33
6 Flag   Carlos Sainz Renault 1:40.274 1.575 36
7 Flag   Romain Grosjean Haas 1:40.384 1.685 33
8 Flag   Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:40.459 1.760 31
9 Flag   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:40.633 1.934 12
10 Flag   Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:40.668 1.969 35
11 Flag   Sergio Perez RP Force India 1:40.774 2.075 30
12 Flag   Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:40.812 2.113 37
13 Flag   Esteban Ocon RP Force India 1:40.870 2.171 33
14 Flag   Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:41.062 2.363 37
15 Flag   Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:41.154 2.455 32
16 Flag   Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:41.164 2.465 32
17 Flag   Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:41.542 2.843 38
18 Flag   Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:41.615 2.916 36
19 Flag   Lance Stroll Williams 1:42.141 3.442 17
20 Flag   Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:42.181 3.482 36

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