Singapore GP: Kvyat leads Raikkonen in FP2

Daniil Kvyat put Red Bull on top of the times in second practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, as a Mercedes did not feature in the top three.

Russian Kvyat set a best time of 1:46.142 using Pirelli's super-soft tyres to outpace Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, second-quickest just 0.039s behind.

Red Bull showed it will be a contender this weekend, with Daniel Ricciardo finishing in third in one of the team's strongest outings of the season so far.

World champion Lewis Hamilton had to settle for fourth position as Mercedes had a subdued session, the Briton over three tenths of a second off the pace.

Teammate Nico Rosberg finished down in seventh position, behind Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari and Sergio Perez in the Force India.

Fernando Alonso put McLaren in the top 10 with the eighth-quickest time, Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) and Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso) completing the 10 fastest runners.

Kvyat was the early pace-setter, the Russian trying to make up for the time lost in FP1, but the session was red-flagged just five minutes after the start.

Will Stevens lost control of his Manor at Turn 11, making contact with the wall and forcing the session to be stopped while his car, which did not appear to be heavily damaged, was recovered.

After the restart, Ricciardo took to the top of the times with a lap of 1:48.103, but soon Raikkonen set the best time of the weekend yet - 1:47.659 - to put the Ferrari in first position.

There was a brief yellow flag period when Carlos Sainz suffered a puncture after brushing the wall, but the Spaniard managed to return to the pits without further drama.

Hamilton set a new fastest time - 1:47.633 - at the 26-minute mark, before Raikkonen switched to the super-soft tyres and returned to the top with a 1:46.281 despite a mistake on his flying lap.

Hamilton's first run on the softer compound was wasted when he overshot the first corner, but he moved into second place on the following lap, some three tenths of a second behind Raikkonen.

Ricciardo fell just 0.075 seconds short on Raikkonen's time with his run on super-softs, as the top five were separated by just three tenths at the halfway point of the session.

But the Australian's Red Bull teammate Kvyat went even quicker, setting the fastest time by 0.039 seconds, relegating Raikkonen to second.

Alexander Rossi had limited running after his FP1 crash, his Manor team needing to replace his car's gearbox.

The American joined the action with 20 minutes to go and managed nine laps, finishing in 19th ahead of Stevens, who did not return to the track after his crash.

1 Daniil Kvyat  Red Bull Racing 1:46.142   34
2 Kimi Raikkonen  Ferrari 1:46.181 +0.039 34
3 Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing 1:46.256 +0.114 29
4 Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes 1:46.479 +0.337 33
5 Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari 1:46.487 +0.345 35
6 Sergio Perez  Force India 1:46.659 +0.517 30
7 Nico Rosberg  Mercedes 1:46.781 +0.639 34
8 Fernando Alonso  McLaren 1:46.959 +0.817 26
9 Nico Hulkenberg  Force India 1:47.294 +1.152 35
10 Max Verstappen  Toro Rosso 1:47.427 +1.285 32
11 Felipe Massa  Williams 1:47.684 +1.542 28
12 Felipe Nasr  Sauber 1:47.755 +1.613 26
13 Marcus Ericsson  Sauber 1:47.795 +1.653 33
14 Jenson Button  McLaren 1:47.888 +1.746 28
15 Carlos Sainz Jr.  Toro Rosso 1:48.012 +1.870 23
16 Romain Grosjean  Team Lotus 1:48.096 +1.954 32
17 Valtteri Bottas  Williams 1:48.118 +1.976 28
18 Pastor Maldonado  Team Lotus 1:50.094 +3.952 30
19 Alexander Rossi  Manor 1:56.739 +10.597 9
20 Will Stevens  Manor 1:59.932 +13.790 3
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Series Formula 1
Event Singapore GP
Sub-event Friday practice 2
Track Singapore Street Circuit
Article type Practice report