Singapore Grand Prix – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has laid down a marker by going quickest in second practice, almost two tenths clear of Max Verstappen.
With darkness descending on the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore for the more representative track conditions of the second practice session, it was Lewis Hamilton who ended the ninety minute session fastest.
The Mercedes driver used the Soft tyres, unlike the earlier FP1 session, to do a 1:38.773. This was 0.184 clear of the best time set by Max Verstappen on the same tyre compound in his Red Bull.
Sebastian Vettel led the Ferrari charge by placing P3 but was a concerning 0.8 seconds off the pace of Hamilton. This was enough to beat Valtteri Bottas’ best time was 0.3 seconds. The Finn, finishing P4, responded well to having crashed out of the opening practice session and lapped in 1:39.894 and just over a second off Hamilton’s best in the sister Mercedes.
Alex Albon placed P5 in the second Red Bull, a second off the pace of Verstappen, while Charles Leclerc finished P6 as he resumed his weekend following a gearbox failure in FP1.
Carlos Sainz was P7 for McLaren, the same place he finished in the earlier practice, while Nico Hulkenberg again led Renault’s charge by placing P8. McLaren’s Lando Norris was P9 and Pierre Gasly was P10 for Toro Rosso.
Outside the top ten, Daniil Kvyat finished P11 in the second Toro Rosso and Daniel Ricciardo was P12 in the second Renault.
Sergio Perez finished practice in P13 for Racing Point. He, along with Haas’ Kevin Magnussen, must report to the stewards following a near collision between the two of them in the final sector halfway through the session. Perez appeared to be unaware of Magnussen’s presence and squeezed the Haas driver perilously close to the wall. Magnussen finished the session P19.
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Antonio Giovinazzi finished P14 for Alfa Romeo, while Lance Stroll finished P15 in the other Racing Point. Kimi Raikkonen was P16, suggesting a tough weekend for the Alfa squad.
Romain Grosjean, who spun harmlessly at Turn 2 towards the end of the session, was P17 for Haas, with George Russell P18 for Williams. Robert Kubica brought up the rear and placed P20 in his Williams.