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Raikkonen heads practice, Vettel hits the barrier – FP2 Report

Singapore Grand Prix – Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton were separated by only 0.011 of a second as championship contender Sebastian Vettel struck the wall.

In a closely-contested second free practice session, Ferrari’s Vettel struck the wall on the exit of the penultimate corner and damaged his car, ruling him out of much of the session.

Although he appeared to initially get away with the contact, the impact against the barrier was enough to damage a cooling pipe, which resulted in lengthy repairs to his car.

The incident occurred on his qualifying simulation, meaning he did not complete a full power lap on the hypersoft tyre and ended the day in ninth place.

The Red Bull duo topped the morning session, but were unable to compete with the one-lap pace of their rivals. Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo finished the session in third and fourth, just ahead of the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.

Red Bull, however, do have reason to be optimistic about their chances; their race pace was particularly strong and they could select an adverse tyre strategy in order to challenge for the podium places.

Renault’s Carlos Sainz led the ‘best of the rest’ battle in a good day for the French team. He finished ahead of Haas’ Romain Grosjean, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.

To view the full results of the session, click here.

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