Kimi Raikkonen puts Ferrari on top in second Singapore practice
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News September 14, 2018 Updated: 10:41 AM PT
MARINA BAY, Singapore — Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen took the top of the timesheets after beating out Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in the second Singapore Grand Prix practice.
Raikkonen finished 0.011s on the hyper-soft tire ahead of Hamilton as the 38-year old Finnish driver is set to join Sauber next season. Hamilton had a close call when he had a big lock up on the run into Turn 14 and avoided colliding with the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.
The thin margin between Raikkonen and Hamilton may reveal a tight battle for pole on Saturday.
Max Verstappen finished out the top three in the afternoon practice finishing 0.522s off Raikkonen’s time.
Verstappen’s teammate Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth followed by Valtteri Bottas in fifth in the second Mercedes. Carlos Sainz, who will replace Fernando Alonso next season at McLaren, took sixth with Haas’ Romain Grosjean ending the day in seventh.
Fernando Alonso finished eighth followed by Sebastian Vettel who finished ninth but made heavy contact with the wall on the exit of Turn 22. The damage from his car would end his afternoon after only logging in 12 laps.
“After hitting the wall,” said Vettel “we took some precautions and decided to stop running. We lost some time, which is not ideal, but nevertheless I got a good feeling with the car. Luckily, I’ve been here before and I know the track so I can make up for lost time. Tomorrow I’ll be keen on finding the right balance to feel the car a little better than I did this evening.”
Nico Hulkenberg finished tenth while Sergio Perez finished 11th ahead of Marcus Ericsson who lost the rear of his car at Turn 5, nearly missing the McLaren of Fernando Alonso before finishing 12th. Esteban Ocon took 13th in the second Force India ahead of Ericsson’s teammate Charles Leclerc in 14th.
Kevin Magnussen finished 15th in the second Haas while Alonso’s teammate Stoffel Vandoorne finished 16th. The Toro Rosso pair of Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly finished 17th and 18th ahead of Williams drivers Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin in 19th and 20th.