Singapore GP | Rosberg sets the pace in FP2 as Hamilton retires

Nico Rosberg came out on top in second free practice at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Rosberg roared, Raikkonen followed and Hamilton locked up and broke down. Second free practice at the Singapore Grand Prix left Lewis lingering a second off the pace of his team-mate as Hulkenberg claimed P6.

In the opening practice session, it was the Red Bull duo of Verstappen and Ricciardo topping the timesheet ahead of the Ferraris as the Singapore Grand Prix weekend began.

But when FP2 kicked off with Wehrlein rolling out of the pits, it was Raikkonen topping the timesheet on the supersoft tyres. Bettering his German team-mate by 1.3-seconds while Vettel ran on the soft tyres.

Rosberg joined Vettel by running with the soft tyres early on, lapping five-tenths faster than the Ferrari. Nico’s time also seven-hundredths down on the supersoft running Toro Rosso’s.

As for Hamilton, he moved top of the leaderboard by nine-tenths of a second, before Ricciardo slotted in three-tenths down. Daniel, though, was counting his lucky stars as he spun at turn 11 – brushing the barrier with the rear of his car.

Then come the ultrasoft qualifying simulation runs, it was once again Raikkonen edging Vettel by nine-tenths of a second. With Vettel narrowly bettering Hamilton’s supersoft benchmark by nine-thousandths of a second.

But while Hamilton locked up at turn one scuppering his flying lap, Rosberg returned a Silver Arrow to P1 as he bettered Raikkonen by two-tenths. Hamilton’s lock up would go on to cost him any ultimate grip as he continued his run.

Vettel improved on his personal best lap to move within a second of Rosberg’s benchmark. But Sebastian continued to struggle with his set up.

Vettel’s best time on the ultrasoft tyres also only enough to edge Hulkenberg for fifth by just two-hundredths of a second.

Throughout FP2, multiple drivers had moments across the track – including Hamilton’s lock-up at turn one.

Other drivers to make mistakes under the lights include Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz – who both suffered a similar moment at turn 10.

Alonso was the first to come a cropper at turn 10 as the Spaniard ran deep into the corner. Then on turn-in, a kick of oversteer forced Fernando to flick right in correction but towards the wall he would kiss. Luckily able to continue without damage, as did Sainz in the Toro Rosso moments later.

Alonso’s day, however, would end with him being forced to park up as the chequered flag fell. With his McLaren developing a gearbox failure as he exited turn 14.

Esteban Ocon and Romain Grosjean too found themselves making contact with the barriers towards the end of their laps. With Ocon clouting the outside walls at both turns 20 and 21 as he missed the apices, forcing him to run wide. The impact at the rear, particularly at T21, was heavy – taking a chunk of the paint off the wall as he rolled away.

As for Romain, the Frenchmen span coming out of the final corner. Hitting the wall backwards and ruining his rear wing as he left the side plates behind. Forced to limp back with just the central pillar supporting the rear wing.

Although Hamilton did not make contact with the barriers, Lewis did suffer from a few issues with his car. Firstly, Hamilton felt a lot of heat was building in his cockpit – after reporting a rise in temperature by his foot during FP1.

Hamilton’s session then took a turn for the worse as he was forced to retire with a hydraulic issue. The team had brought Lewis back into the garage before checking the rear right corner of the car, with team personnel working on the suspension & right-hand sidepod before making the call to retire the car.

Long run pace showed Rosberg lapping in the low 1:50s while Raikkonen ran in the high 1:50s. Further back Hulkenberg was lapping on average in the 1:52s.

Pos Driver Laps Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg 34 1’44.152
2 Kimi Raikkonen 34 1’44.427 0.275
3 Max Verstappen 29 1’44.532 0.38
4 Daniel Ricciardo 26 1’44.557 0.405
5 Sebastian Vettel 33 1’45.161 1.009
6 Nico Hulkenberg 35 1’45.182 1.03
7 Lewis Hamilton 10 1’45.275 1.123
8 Carlos Sainz Jr. 33 1’45.507 1.355
9 Fernando Alonso 30 1’45.779 1.627
10 Daniil Kvyat 35 1’46.029 1.877
11 Sergio Perez 26 1’46.063 1.911
12 Jenson Button 30 1’46.574 2.422
13 Esteban Gutierrez 36 1’46.727 2.575
14 Felipe Massa 30 1’46.856 2.704
15 Valtteri Bottas 30 1’46.960 2.808
16 Kevin Magnussen 30 1’47.161 3.009
17 Jolyon Palmer 34 1’47.166 3.014
18 Felipe Nasr 29 1’47.531 3.379
19 Romain Grosjean 12 1’48.391 4.239
20 Marcus Ericsson 32 1’48.487 4.335
21 Pascal Wehrlein 33 1’48.505 4.353
22 Esteban Ocon 29 1’48.823 4.671