Qualifying and race work: Kimi second, Sebastian fifth in FP2
The second free practice session of the weekend, the first to be held entirely at night, has just ended at the Singapore circuit. In conditions similar to those that competitors will experience during qualifying and the race, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel tackled different programmes, running different compounds after both setting their best times on Ultrasofts.
Raikkonen used them to set the second fastest time of 1.44.161, before completing two runs on the Supersoft. Vettel set the fifth best time of 1.45.161 before changing to the Soft tyres, the hardest compound available this weekend. Quickest was Nico Rosberg, who did a 1.44.152 in the Mercedes.
Vettel thinks the chances are there for qualifying well
“Overall we had two decent sessions. In the second one I was not entirely happy, I was struggling a little bit with the car balance, and therefore not really finding the rhythm but in general it has been a good day. It is very difficult to pass here, obviously we’ll try to trim everything towards qualifying.
Now we have a lot of stuff to look into, before tomorrow comes: there will be another session and the opportunity to do a few more laps. If we get everything right we have a good chance tomorrow to position the car well.”
Raikkonen pleased with handling “but it’s only Friday”
“The first practice session was tricky, I struggled a little bit, but the second practice was good: everything worked and the car was handling pretty well. Here in Singapore, if you get the car right, it’s a lot easier to go faster. Today we had quite a good feeling, but for sure there is still something to improve.
It’s hard to say if we can be strong, it’s only Friday, but the feeling was positive. So far so good, but tomorrow is another day, we’ll see where everybody is and then we’ll go from there. We’ll give our best and hopefully we have the speed to challenge our rivals.”