Hamilton takes over at the top in FP2 as Maldonado crashes

Fernando Alonso has been displaced as the fastest man in Singapore, but not by much.

Lewis Hamilton logged the fastest time of day in Singapore, his lap of 1:47.490 good enough to see of a challenge from the fastest man of FP1, Fernando Alonso, by just over a tenth of a second. Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest in FP2 with a lap of 1:47.790.

Nico Rosberg, meanwhile, ended the second session down in 13th place after failing to complete a performance run on the supersoft tyre.

Maldonado crash impedes Rosberg's lap

Rosberg had begun a run but it was halted when Pastor Maldonado lost control of his Lotus at the exit of Turn 10 and hit the wall hard. The smash brought out the red flags and when the action resumed Rosberg went straight into a long run. Thus his best time of the session was set on soft tyres, with the result that he finished one and a half seconds off his team-mate’s option tyre pace.

When the red flags appeared, only Hamilton and Alonso, who had pipped the Englishman for P1 in the morning by a tenth of a second, had yet to make a performance run, with Ricciardo sitting atop the timesheet.

Hamilton was the first to try his luck and he quickly pushed the Red Bull driver to second spot by three tenths of a second. Alonso cut that gap in half to displace Ricciardo further and the Spaniard ended the session 0.133s down on Hamilton’s time.

Kimi Raikkonen put a good gloss on Ferrari’s day by finishing in fourth place, four tenths of a second down on his team-mate. It was a less difficult session for the Finn’s than the morning’s, when on his way to seventh he stopped in the pit lane with his front brakes on fire.

Issues for Vettel

In the morning it was Sebastian Vettel who had occupied that fourth spot but at the end of a productive first session for the German he was forced to stop in the pit lane with a suspected power unit failure.

Replacing that meant that Vettel missed almost all of the second session. The winner of the past three Singapore GPs only emerged for the final seven minutes of the session, but still he managed to guide his supersoft-shod RB10 to fifth spot, ahead of McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen, who was followed by team-mate Jenson Button.

The final top 10 places went, respectively, to the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg, with Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat tenth.

Williams struggles for speed

Where's Williams though? The team has built up a profile of late of making slow starts to race weekends but today the Grove team seemed to more than usual on a circuit that is not expected to play to the strengths of their car. Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas ended up right down in 17th and 18th.

Singapore Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Times
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:47.490 25
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:47.623 0.133 28
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:47.790 0.300 28
4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:48.031 0.541 29
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:48.041 0.551 5
6 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:48.358 0.868 33
7 Jenson Button McLaren 1:48.435 0.945 30
8 Sergio Perez Force India 1:48.653 1.163 30
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:48.751 1.261 31
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:48.770 1.280 31
11 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:48.800 1.a310 33
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:49.062 1.572 33
13 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:49.075 1.585 30
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:49.139 1.649 13
15 Adrian Sutil Sauber 1:49.170 1.680 34
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:49.290 1.800 37
17 Felipe Massa Williams 1:49.361 1.871 29
18 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:49.971 2.481 28
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1:50.612 3.122 24
20 Max Chilton Marussia 1:51.558 4.068 21
21 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1:52.075 4.585 33
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham 1:52.936 5.446

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Series Formula 1
Event Singapore GP
Sub-event Friday practice 2
Track Singapore Street Circuit
Drivers Jenson Button , Kimi Raikkonen , Fernando Alonso , Lewis Hamilton , Felipe Massa , Nico Rosberg , Pastor Maldonado , Sebastian Vettel , Kamui Kobayashi , Adrian Sutil , Nico Hulkenberg , Sergio Perez , Romain Grosjean , Daniel Ricciardo , Max Chilton , Esteban Gutierrez , Marcus Ericsson , Jules Bianchi , Valtteri Bottas , Jean-Eric Vergne , Kevin Magnussen , Daniil Kvyat
Teams Ferrari , Red Bull Racing , Mercedes , Sauber , McLaren , Force India , Toro Rosso , Williams
Article type Practice report