Ricciardo dominates Singapore practice

Mat Coch

Saturday 16th September, 2017 - 12:39am

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Daniel Ricciardo went quickest in both Friday practice sessions

Daniel Ricciardo dominated the opening day’s running for Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix as he headed a Red Bull 1-2 in the second practice session.

The Australian was more than half a second faster than team-mate Max Verstappen at the end of the 90-minute session, with Lewis Hamilton third best more than seven tenths back in the leading Mercedes.

Ricciardo’s 1m40.852s lowered his own benchmark from the opening session by more than 1.5-seconds, a time set over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who plummeted down the order in the second session.

Vettel ended the day’s running in 11th while Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was only just inside the top ten.

Traffic on Vettel’s low-fuel run part way through Practice 2 hampered the German’s ultimate lap time, the four-time world champion encountering Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber on his fastest lap of the session.

Meanwhile, following news of their split with Honda, both McLaren drivers were comfortably in the ten, with Stoffel Vandoorne sixth ahead of Fernando Alonso in seventh.

They trailed Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault, which saw him improve from ninth to fifth across the two sessions, while Jolyon Palmer in the sister car could do no better than 14th.

A late mistake from Sainz saw the Toro Rosso driver in the escape road at the harbour front grandstand complex, the Spaniard reversing back onto the track and forcing a number of cars to take evasive action.

There was a spin from Romain Grosjean and championship leader Hamilton during the session, while a number of drivers brushed the wall in various parts of the circuit.

Final practice gets underway tomorrow at 2000(AEST) for a last 60-minute session prior to qualifying.

Result: Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix Practice 2

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m40.852s 33
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m41.408s 0.556s 28
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m41.555s 0.703s 36
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m42.104s 1.252s 35
5 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m42.448s 1.596s 33
6 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m42.501s 1.649s 34
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m42.788s 1.936s 32
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m42.826s 1.974s 35
9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m42.835s 1.983s 30
10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m43.054s 2.202s 34
11 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m43.104s 2.252s 33
12 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.236s 2.384s 38
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.608s 2.756s 32
14 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m43.795s 2.943s 32
15 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m43.836s 2.984s 32
16 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m44.301s 3.449s 32
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m44.417s 3.565s 32
18 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m44.928s 4.076s 29
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m45.673s 4.821s 34
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m45.721s 4.869s 35

Result: Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix Practice 1

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:42.489s 21
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:42.598s 0.109s 21
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1:42.610s 0.121s 23
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:42.904s 0.415s 27
5 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:43.423s 0.934s 25
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:43.434s 0.945s 27
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:43.734s 1.245s 25
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:43.759s 1.270s 19
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:44.101s 1.612s 24
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1:44.220s 1.731s 25
11 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:44.340s 1.851s 25
12 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:44.961s 2.472s 25
13 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1:45.053s 2.564s 25
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:45.084s 2.595s 27
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1:46.456s 3.967s 20
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Haas/Ferrari 1:46.782s 4.293s 27
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1:47.190s 4.701s 11
18 Sean Gelael Toro Rosso/Renault 1:47.570s 5.081s 26
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:47.699s 5.210s 23
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1:47.886s 5.397s 24

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