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Räikkönen Fastest But Vettel Struggles After Tap With The Wall

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Kimi Raikkonen - Singapore Grand Prix - F1
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Kimi Räikkönen was fastest in Free Practice 2 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit as Scuderia Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel was forced to sit out the second half of the session after hitting the wall.

The Finnish driver set a 1.38.699 to beat Lewis Hamilton by just over a hundredth of a second but it wasn’t a straight forward session for the championship leader as he locked up twice, needing to go up the escape road at turn 14 and ran wide at turn one.

Daniel Ricciardo, who was fastest in Free Practice 1, finished third quickest ahead of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team-mate Max Verstappen.

The other Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport of Valtteri Bottas finished fifth quickest with Carlos Sainz Jr. impressing in his Renault Sport Formula One Team as he was sixth.

Romain Grosjean was seventh with Fernando Alonso up in eighth in his McLaren F1 Team.

Vettel was only ninth fastest after he hit the wall on the exit of turn 21 which caused a leak as he spilled on cooling fluid in the pitlane as he limped back before sitting out the second half of the session.

Nico Hülkenberg rounded out the top ten with Sergio Pérez in the Racing Point Force India F1 Team less than a tenth of a second behind.

Marcus Ericsson was twelfth fastest but did have a spin in the latter stages with Esteban Ocon in between him and his Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team-mate Charles Leclerc, who had a clean session after his incident in the earlier session.

Kevin Magnussen was fifteenth ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne with the two Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda’s and Williams Martini Racing cars bottom of the timing sheets.

Another mistake by Vettel will grab the headlines but it seems to be tight between the top three teams in the only night practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix.

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