Ricciardo stays in charge in Singapore night practice

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, SIngapore Grand Prix
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Daniel Ricciardo continued to set the pace on Friday after the second 90-minute practice session ahead of this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

Full Results:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:40.852s 33
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:41.408s + 0.556s 28
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:41.555s + 0.703s 36
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:42.104s + 1.252s 35
5 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:42.448s + 1.596s 33
6 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:42.501s + 1.649s 34
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:42.788s + 1.936s 32
8 Sergio Pérez Force India 1:42.826s + 1.974s 35
9 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:42.835s + 1.983s 30
10 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:43.054s + 2.202s 34
11 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:43.104s + 2.252s 33
12 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:43.236s + 2.384s 38
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:43.608s + 2.756s 32
14 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:43.795s + 2.943s 32
15 Felipe Massa Williams 1:43.836s + 2.984s 32
16 Lance Stroll Williams 1:44.301s + 3.449s 32
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:44.417s + 3.565s 32
18 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:44.928s + 4.076s 29
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:45.673s + 4.821s 34
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:45.721s + 4.869s 35


New Ferrari-style bargeboards on the RB13 helped Ricciardo to a best lap time of 1:40.852s. It put him over half a second clear of team mate Max Verstappen in FP2. The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were next best, and Nico Hulkenberg showed impressive speed in the Renault to finish fifth fastest.

Just hours after announcing the end of their engine deal with Honda, McLaren will have been delighted to see Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso running sixth and seventh. That put them ahead of Force India's Sergio Perez and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who had a close call on pit lane in the final half hour. Perez' team mate Esteban Ocon ended Friday in tenth place on the timesheets.

Second practice was the first session of the weekend to be held under Marina Bay's powerful floodlights. It meant that conditions were much closer to what drivers will face in qualifying and the race than had been the case in FP1. First on track were Carlos Sainz in the Toro Rosso and Kevin Magnussen in the Haas, both keen to catch up on track time after missing the earlier session in favour of development drivers Sean Gelael and Antonio Giovinazzi respectively.

Ten minutes into the session, Red Bull had already taken firm control of proceedings with a 1-2 for Verstappen and Ricciardo. Even on supersofts, the pair has broken the previous track record, with Verstappen's 1:42.077s just 0.089s ahead of his team mate.

Ricciardo subsequently sliced over a second off his time when he switched to ultras. Verstappen also improved to keep himself ahead of Hamilton and Bottas. Ferrari meanwhile appeared happy to keep things relatively low-key, with both cars lingering at the bottom of the top ten.

Haas' Romain Grosjean was the first driver of the weekend to scuff the bright yellow wall after running wide at turn 21. He subsequently ent for a spin in turn 7. Renault's Jolyon Palmer also brushed the wall, as did Hamilton and Williams' Lance Stroll. Other drivers were similarly finding the limits of the track, with Sainz among those running wide and taking to an escape road.

Forty minutes in, Verstappen and Vettel individually reported that they had brushed the wall. In fact replays showed that in both cases it was more of a full-on clout. A brief virtual safety car was needed to allow marshalls to retrieve debris in the form of an advertising hoarding dislodged by Vettel at the exit of turn 10.

Ferrari mechanics gave Vettel's car a lengthy check for damage. By the time he returned to action, the focus of the session had turned to longer distance runs. As a result, Vettel remained off the pace and out of the top ten in 11th by the time the chequered flag came out. He had a last minute scare when he came upon Sainz reversing back on track after another escape road excursion at turn 18.

Magnussen had an early end the session after making heavy contact with the wall, damaging the wheel rims on the VF17. Grosjean was ordered to pit ten minutes from the finish with a telemetry issue. And Hulkenberg was also recalled to the pits in the final minutes with "a small issue on the car".

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