The second Friday practice session for the Singapore GP ended in a surprise manner as Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat finished fastest ahead of Raikkonen and team-mate Ricciardo
The second practice session of the day got underway with track temperature at 32 ℃, three degrees cooler than what was experienced in FP1.
Daniil Kvyat and Will Stevens were the first to head out as the former set the timing screens alight in his Red Bull with a 1:49.307s.
With Manor changing the gearbox on Rossi’s car as a precaution following his late crash, he was expected to miss “the early part of the session”.
The sole remaining Manor of Will Stevens crashed with few minutes in and brought out a red flag period as he spun under braking and kissed the barriers.
As the track was cleared, everyone except Nasr, Button and the Manors were up the road and running. Ricciardo went a second clear of his teammate at the top before Rosberg split the Red Bull for second.
Raikkonen improved on his time by 0.5s and went quickest whilst first proper faster lap from McLaren’s Alonso earned him ninth.
Hamilton slotted in third when Vettel locked up at Turn 1 but continued. Meanwhile, Sainz made light contact with the wall at Turn 5 and limped back to the pits with a broken left-rear.
Kvyat nipped ahead of Ricciardo and pacesetter Raikkonen by 0.017s before Hamilton went fastest with 1:47.633s. With the speed advantage of the super-soft rubber, Raikkonen set a lap 1.5s clear of the rest of the field as both McLaren put themselves in the top ten.
Rosberg’s first super-soft run gained him third just before Hamilton outpaced the entire field but Raikkonen who held three tenths advantage before Ricciardo bumped the Mercedes down for second.
Moments later his teammate Daniil Kvyat outsmarted every body to head the timing board. That would stand as the fastest time of the session in the end with a 1:46.142, just 0.039 seconds off the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo.
At the final half hour of the session, drivers locked up and went off the track as they battled to hone the optimum set-up ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying. With 20 minutes still remaining, Rossi was back out on his repaired Manor to get some valuable laps in.
Rosberg had a late moment when he went straight on at Turn 18 but reversed back onto the track and continued. As it has often been the case on Friday Williams languished only in the bottom half.
The highest-placed Mercedes was Hamilton in fourth whilst the other Ferrari of Vettel ended the session fifth. Perez came home sixth ahead of Rosberg, Alonso, Hulkenberg and Verstappen completed the top ten.