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Singapore Grand Prix FP2: Daniil Kvyat fastest in practice as Mercedes struggles

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Singapore Grand Prix FP2: Daniil Kvyat fastest in practice as Mercedes struggles
Sep 18, 2015, 4:20 PM

Daniel Kvyat beat Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to top spot in the second practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix, as the Mercedes drivers appea...

Daniel Kvyat beat Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to top spot in the second practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix, as the Mercedes drivers appeared to struggle with long-run pace.

Kvyat was the first driver to set a competitive laptime in the night-time session and then moved to the supersoft tyre at the halfway point, when the Russian driver produced a lap of 1m46.142 to beat Raikkonen’s time by 0.039s.

Raikkonen, who was the first driver to complete a qualifying simulation on the supersoft tyres, locked up at Turn 13 on his flying lap, which suggests he should have gone even quicker.

Kimi Raikkonen

Kvyat’s teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, was third quickest ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton made a mistake on his qualifying practice run as he locked up and ran wide at Turn 1.

Once the drivers had completed their single-lap practice, the field switched to longer runs and both Vettel and Ricciardo were able to lap consistently in the high 1m50s and low 1m51s, quicker times than both Mercedes driver were able to produce on similar runs. Red Bull also told Ricciardo that his tyre degradation was positive, which suggests that the Milton-Keynes team will be strong in the Grand Prix.

Sergio Perez was sixth quickest for Force India ahead of Nico Rosberg. The German driver, who topped the first practice session earlier on Friday, ended up over 0.3s adrift of his Mercedes teammate and was also forced to reverse back up an escape road as he avoided the barriers at Turn 18 late in the session.

Fernando Alonso finished in eighth place for McLaren ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in the second Force India. Max Verstappen rounded out the top ten for Toro Rosso.

Felipe Massa was the quickest Williams driver in 11th, ahead of the Sauber pair of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson. Jenson Button was 14th in the second McLaren and could be heard complaining about grip levels over his team radio.

Carlos Sainz ended up 15th quickest, but the Toro Rosso driver missed the middle part of the session as he suffered a puncture after he brushed the barriers at on the exit of Turn five and was forced to pit for repairs.

Carlos Sainz

Romain Grosjean incurred the wrath of Kvyat when he appeared to hold the Red Bull driver up going into Turn 13 during the middle part of the session and finished in 16th place, just ahead of Valtteri Bottas.

Pastor Maldonado also had a moment with Kvyat late on, when the Russian driver attempted to overtake him at Turn seven but locked up and went wide.

Alexander Rossi missed all but the final 20 minutes of the session as his Manor team repaired the damage he sustained in a crash in FP1, which included a gearbox change.

Alexander Rossi

Will Stevens was last in the second Manor and caused a brief red flag early in the session when he lost the rear of the car at Turn 11 and clouted the barriers with his left-rear tyre.

FP2 RESULT

Pos

1 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1m46.142s

2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +0.039s

3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull +0.114s

4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.337s

5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +0.345s

6 Sergio Perez Force India +0.517s

7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes +0.639s

8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda +0.817s

9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India +1.152s

10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso +1.285s

11 Felipe Massa Williams +1.542s

12 Felipe Nasr Sauber +1.613s

13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber +1.653s

14 Jenson Button McLaren +1.746s

15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso +1.870s

16 Romain Grosjean Lotus +1.954s

17 Valtteri Bottas Williams +1.976s

18 Pastor Maldonado Lotus +3.952s

19 Alexander Rossi Marussia +10.597s

20 Will Stevens Marussia +13.790s
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