Red Bull fly as Williams’ wings are clipped | 2015 Singapore GP – Free Practice 2

Red Bull’s impressive form at the Marina Bay Circuit in 2015 continued in Free Practice 2, as Daniil Kvyat topped a Formula 1 session for the first time in his career, narrowly heading Raikkonen and his team mate Ricciardo.

With great pace in FP1, the Red Bulls look set to challenge for a podium once again, with the slow and curvy nature of the track suiting their aero-optimised package, similar to Hungary and Monaco earlier this year.

Another theme carried across from the first session was difficult times for Manor Marussia. Alex Rossi whacked the wall late on in the opening session and sat out the first twenty minutes of FP2. Time to shine, then, for his team mate Will Stevens, but it was not to be. He too lost the rear end of the car under braking, and hit the wall at Turn 11, bringing out more yellow flags.

Sebastian Vettel also had a scare, losing traction going in to turn 4 thanks to his car ‘bottoming-out’, where the underside of the car momentarily rests on the ground, thanks to an uneven surface. However, he kept his foot in the brake pedal and recovered to sixth-best, with more pace expected to follow on Saturday and Sunday.

The Mercedes cars were suspected to be sand-bagging too, with the drivers lining up fourth and seventh fastest.

1) Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull 1’46.142 (34 Laps)
2) Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari, 1’46.181 (+0.039 (34 Laps))
3) Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1’46.256 (+0.114 (29 Laps))
4) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1’46.479 (+0.337 (33 Laps)
5) Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1’46.487 (+0.345 35 Laps))
6) Sergio Pérez, Force India, 1’46.659 (+0.517 (30 Laps))
7) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1’46.781 (+0.639 (34 Laps))
8) Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1’46.959 (+0.817 (26 Laps))
9) Nico Hülkenberg, Force India, 1’47.294 (+1.152 (35 Laps))
10) Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso, 1’47.427 (+1.285 (32 Laps))
11) Felipe Massa, Williams, 1’47.684 (+1.542 (28 Laps))
12) Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 1’47.755 (+1.613 (26 Laps))
13) Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, 1’47.795 (+1.653 (33 Laps))
14) Jenson Button, McLaren, 1’47.888 (+1.746 (28 Laps))
15) Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso, 1’48.012 (+1.870 (23 Laps))
16) Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1’48.096 (+1.954 (32 Laps))
17) Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1’48.118 (+1.976 (28 Laps))
18) Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, 1’50.094 (+3.952 (30 Laps))
19) Alexander Rossi, Marussia, 1’56.739 (+10.597 (9 Laps))
20) Will Stevens, Marussia, 1’59.932 (+13.790 (3 Laps))

All times via FORIX


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