Kimi Raikkonen headed Lewis Hamilton during second practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix under the lights by a mere 0.011s, as team-mate Sebastian Vettel tagged the wall and the German had his work cut out following the damage on his Ferrari.
The Finn — who was the fastest man in Formula One history last Saturday in Monza — set a 1.38.699s and that gave the Finn just a 0,011s advantage over world championship leader Lewis Hamilton. Meanwhile Hamilton and Raikkonen were in a class of their own upfront – as they found themselves clear by over half a second clear of the field.
Story of the session
As the session got underway under the floodlights, the Haas cars of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen were first to take to circuit. Grosjean registered the first lap, setting a 1.44.748, but Magnussen soon went 0.586s faster, until Bottas arrived at the party setting a 1.41.694s on the ultrasoft tyres as the top teams begun to light the track up.
As the Ferrari’s went to track, Vettel went straight to the top of the time-sheets with a 1.41.520s, heading Valtteri Bottas, until his team-mate went 0,2s faster after a blistering final sector.
As the circuit started to get busy, Verstappen went to the top of the order, until Hamilton pushed him off top spot by almost two tenths, but Sebastian Vettel soon smashed the 1-minute-40 barrier with the fastest lap in his Ferrari.
As Hamilton made his way during his reconnaissance lap, he massively locked up and ran wide wide – almost tagging world championship rival Sebastian Vettel in the process.
As the lap-times continued to tumble under the lights in Singapore, Kimi Raikkonen went fastest from Max Verstappen with a 1.40.510s, heading the Dutchman by a mere 0.030s, as Vettel was relegated to third.
Bottas was first of the top drivers to start a qualifying simulation on the hypersofts. The Finn set a 1.39.368s to set the fastest time by 1.142s to the top of the order, despite running well off the track at the final corner. His team-mate went on to set a 1.38.710s, as he headed to the top of the order by 0.658s. However, as the Ferrari’s took to circuit, Raikkonen went fastest, but only by a mere 0.011s.
As Sebastian Vettel went out on his qualifying simulation, he tagged the barrier as he was closing the lap, and immediately aborted his lap as a precaution. This would soon prove detrimental, as the German suffered a leaking radiator and was forced onto the sidelines.