Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Singapore, 2018

Raikkonen pips Hamilton as wall strike delays Vettel

2018 Singapore Grand Prix second practice

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Ferrari and Mercedes were separated by just 11 thousandths of a second at the top of the times sheets at the end of second practice in Singapore.

Kimi Raikkonen led the way, pipping Lewis Hamilton to the top time. But the other Ferrari only covered a dozen laps following a brush with a barrier.

During his qualifying simulation run Sebastian Vettel was on course to improve his time when he bounced off the wall at the exit of turn 21. He immediately pitted and Ferrari began investigating his car’s radiators intensely. He never rejoined the track, meaning he missed his only chance to run a race simulation in representative track conditions.

The Red Bull drivers couldn’t get within half a second of either of them, though not for a lack of trying. Max Verstappen reported a loss of power on his car which the team had difficulty tracing.

Valtteri Bottas was fifth-quickest after a near-miss with the wall at the final corner when he ran wide at the end of a flying lap.

Renault again put in a good account of themselves, Carlos Sainz Jnr leading the midfield and Nico Hulkenberg also squeezing into the top 10. They were separated by Romain Grosjean, Fernando Alonso and the delayed Vettel.

Marcus Ericsson was the quicker of the Sauber drivers in 12th despite a brief spin. The Williams pair were last, Lance Stroll forced to pit with a right-rear brake fire at one stage.

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Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
17Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’38.69935
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’38.7100.01120
333Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’39.2210.52228
43Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’39.3090.61033
577Valtteri BottasMercedes1’39.3680.66933
655Carlos Sainz JnrRenault1’40.2741.57536
78Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’40.3841.68533
814Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Renault1’40.4591.76031
95Sebastian VettelFerrari1’40.6331.93412
1027Nico HulkenbergRenault1’40.6681.96935
1111Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’40.7742.07530
129Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’40.8122.11337
1331Esteban OconForce India-Mercedes1’40.8702.17133
1416Charles LeclercSauber-Ferrari1’41.0622.36337
1520Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’41.1542.45532
162Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren-Renault1’41.1642.46532
1728Brendon HartleyToro Rosso-Honda1’41.5422.84338
1810Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda1’41.6152.91636
1918Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes1’42.1413.44217
2035Sergey SirotkinWilliams-Mercedes1’42.1813.48236

Second practice visual gaps

Kimi Raikkonen – 1’38.699

+0.011 Lewis Hamilton – 1’38.710

+0.522 Max Verstappen – 1’39.221

+0.610 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’39.309

+0.669 Valtteri Bottas – 1’39.368

+1.575 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’40.274

+1.685 Romain Grosjean – 1’40.384

+1.760 Fernando Alonso – 1’40.459

+1.934 Sebastian Vettel – 1’40.633

+1.969 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’40.668

+2.075 Sergio Perez – 1’40.774

+2.113 Marcus Ericsson – 1’40.812

+2.171 Esteban Ocon – 1’40.870

+2.363 Charles Leclerc – 1’41.062

+2.455 Kevin Magnussen – 1’41.154

+2.465 Stoffel Vandoorne – 1’41.164

+2.843 Brendon Hartley – 1’41.542

+2.916 Pierre Gasly – 1’41.615

+3.442 Lance Stroll – 1’42.141

+3.482 Sergey Sirotkin – 1’42.181

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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62 comments on “Raikkonen pips Hamilton as wall strike delays Vettel”

  1. No wonder ferrari have decided to gamble with Leclrec.

    1. Didn’t he crash on FP1?

      1. Yes, but considering this is his 1st outing on streets of Singapore and the crash took place during FP1 it’s not as serious as what other “experienced” driver did in FP2.

    2. Rubens Cheriballo
      14th September 2018, 15:19

      The driver decision seems crazier every day

      1. You mean keeping the driver that finished higher the previous 3 seasons, and indeed has the greater points count of the 2 in 2018, is a bad decision?

        I sure am glad you don’t make any decisions in my life.

    3. Leclerc is making Erickson look very competent. Ferrari may regret their driver line up decisions for next year.

      1. @angie Can’t be any worse than Raikkonen. 2 poles and 0 wins in 34 races with a championship-calibre car. That would be poor even for Ericsson.

    4. Because Kimi was fastest?

      1. Also their Golden boy put the car in wall during FP2.

        1. Well Vettel and Leclerc both put the car into the wall and the demoted Raikonnen is in first place…

          Of course this only FP2 but i can be said with humour that looks like a sign from the Gods….

  2. Hamilton and Raikkonen have similar driving styles , hence the close results . My favourite drivers current drivers in anyway. I remember in late 2013 when Hamilton went to Mercedes and everybody was talking how superior RB with Vettel was , he ( HAM ) said – do not underestimate what a wonderful job he is doing – that shows a lot of respect. Similar experience to him in 2014-2017, whatever people say and the booing he is the consistent, fightful guy delivering wheter he is on pole , front row , or back of the field. Sad to see Raikkonen go – if anyone still states that he has lost his speed must be out of his mind.

    1. He has though, i’m a big fan of his, but he just isn’t as sharp as before.

    2. @cordoba16vt

      if anyone still states that he has lost his speed must be out of his mind.

      In this case, then I guess he never was a good driver then (which I don’t believe).

  3. Approximately eight tenths faster than last season’s pole time this early into the race weekend already, which means that we could be in for the 2nd most significant improvement in ultimate lap time on last season after Circuit de Catalunya.

    1. On faster tyres this time; not as meaningful. @jerejj

      1. @coldfly Yes, the hyper-soft is two-steps softer than last season’s ultra-soft, but still, not everything is down to that. Aero gains from the previous season to the current campaign equally play a part in why the lap times have regularly been faster this season than they were last season as well, perhaps even more so than the ‘softer’ tyres.

    2. Shortened track as well

  4. Another Vettel mistake.

    1. probably trying to get them out of his system early on ;)

      1. @coldfly the Schumacher method!

  5. So the mind games between the Ferrari drivers for 2019 have begun. “Whatever you can do, I can do as well”

    1. Brilliant 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    2. Ahaha, true, didn’t get it at first.

  6. Vettel, does not seem to fare well with pressure.
    His back up, will be gone next year, and new competition, will be his team mate.
    He just might, totally unravel, before the year is out.

  7. Can we all calm down about Seb’s mistake? Lewis also lost the brakes and almost crashed onto Vettel but no-one is talking about that. Mistakes happen and that is why we have FP1, FP2, FP3 so drivers can test the limits.

    1. Session ending damage is not efficient testing of the limits.

      1. I agree on that. But people make it out as one hell of a mistake.

      2. Realistically, it was a tiny scrape with the wall that ended with a radiator leak. It’s not like he got oversteer mid corner and slammed into it breaking the suspension or whatever. Minor scrape with a major outcome.

        1. Had a similar bump on his pole lap last year. Luck wasn’t with him today though.

          1. @panagiotism-papatheodorou, whilst I would agree with some of the comments above that the severity of this incident does seem to be being overstated by some, I wouldn’t say that it was just bad luck – it was a minor misjudgement, though one of those inevitable incidents that come as drivers try to progressively push harder during the race weekend.

    2. Seemed to me like Vettel blocked Ham while he was on a hot lap and Ham had to take avoiding action. Things like that in qualy would be a slam dunk penalty.

      1. No they were both on cool down laps overtaking a car on its outlap. I think Hamilton just wanted to also overtake Vettel but slightly misjudged his braking as he was unsure as to what Vettel was going to do.

      2. Yeah, I think you’re reading too much into it. If they had made contact, it would have been Lewis’ fault more than anything. He tried to get past & backed out of it too late, then had to brake on the dusty part of the track while trying to switch back on to the racing line (that Vettel was currently occupying, simultaneously braking with full traction as opposed to a sliding Hamilton). By my reckoning, he was very lucky to have avoided contact with Seb.

        1. @Aldoid have you actually watched the incident? vettel was going considerably slower up until ham was behind him, and then suddenly decided to play “mind games” with hamilton i guess?

          vettel is doing every stupid things possible to lose his championship chances….

          tomorrow or race day he will repeat his silly risky self and will seal off his hopes for wdc by end of this race most likely and then people will complain what a boring f1 is again… that merc too powerful yada yada yada

          1. It’s free practice. Slowing down & speeding up again is pretty much what they do all day. I don’t see how that makes in an automatic slight on Vettel’s part, despite his reputation. & if Vettel loses by doing stupid things and further angers the usual suspects who will complain about Mercedes being “too powerful” (not that that particular excuses is valid anymore anyway), yada yada yada, I don’t care: same as last year… no skin off my back. I’ll still be rooting for Lewis to win, same as always. I’ll still point out when I think he’s at fault too, same as always. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me: seeking validation of my opinions from others isn’t why I’m here. Expressing said opinions, sure.

  8. Hey, Stoffel isn’t last!

    1. World-class silver lining finder!

    2. Probably because the McLaren did not fall to pieces this time..
      He actually was able to complete a fast lap.. wow…

  9. In the meantime, BOT still is weirdly slow compared to HAM. Something’s fishy…

    1. I believe Bottas made a mistake and given that they only did 1 hypersoft run that was it.

      1. Ok looking at it he did more than one run on HS tyres. But I remember reading he had made a mistake in his fastest lap.

    2. @mg1982 Yes, two possibilities: 1. Hamilton is a faster driver. 2. Mercedes are deliberately slowing down their other driver so he’s less able to assist in the championship battles. Using what I call ‘Shrek’s razor’, I’m going for number 1.

      1. Yeah, don’t know, but in the last few races he’s visibly worse than usual. Too many sessions where’s he’s more than 0.5sec slower than HAM. It’s a lot… even for a fast HAM. HAM being suddenly faster than ever this year is the most unlikely case. BOT actually being a worse driver than he showed so far is a more probable case, but not very believable either. Mercedes actually using him as a test bed, not letting him use the full potential of the car… because of reliability OR something, all of these “excuses” in order to prevent him for being a threat to HAM is the most likely situation. Short story: he’s a no.2 now. “Funny”, Mercedes actually reckoned they’ll use orders in the WDC fight (while Ferrari didn’t do it), although they also claimed previously their drivers get equal treatment.

        1. Mercedes actually using him as a test bed, not letting him use the full potential of the car… because of reliability OR something, all of these “excuses” in order to prevent him for being a threat to HAM is the most likely situation

          Just no.

          HAM being suddenly faster than ever this year is the most unlikely case

          Yeah it’s not like Hamilton has ever been 5 tenths up on a team mate before …. oh wait he has … many times.
          And its not like Hamilton’s form relative to his championship rivals has improved in the latter half of previous seasons …. oh wait it has.

          Would love to see some evidence from you for your “most likely situation” … but I guess its not like Mercedes are in an extremely tight fight for the WCC championship are they? …. oh wait

          1. Just like last season Bottas miraculously finds his speed again when Hamilton’s WDC is in the bag. And Hamilton even “lets” Bottas win a few races after that :)

        2. The qualifying difference so far this tear is actually fairly low, 0.128s (in Hamilton’s favour) only. I agree the difference has looked bigger the last few qualifying sessions and races, but that’s surely down to Hamilton being in great form just now, while Bottas’s form has dipped (including some atypical collisions in races). That reverses the start of the season when Hamilton was so-so and Bottas driving well. I don’t think you need much else to explain it. Practice sessions, who knows, they may well be running different programs and testing different things.

        3. @mg1982 This is a fantastic warped ‘tinfoil hat’ view, thanks for giving me a chuckle on a Friday evening ;).

          1. @ju88sy for a second, i thought he was gonna claim merc used orders on Ferrari to take a rookie in their car so merc can win easier :) and kimi is the proof of merc orders :) as kimi been a gent in the last race to allow hamilton win…. oh well… people are sometimes way too clever for their own good :)

          2. More tinfoil hat than we keep hearing for years, that RAI is a match to VET…. but the team doesn’t let him beat VET, win etc etc?! So much tinfoil that makes one wonder why the heck Ferrari didn’t bet on RAI for the WDC from the beginning and they bothered hiring ALO and VET if remotely true.

        4. @mg1982, just to check, are you basing your assumptions just on the summary of the results as given in the article above, or did you watch or otherwise read about what happened during that qualifying session from any other sources before making your comment?

          As I understand it, Bottas set his best time with a fast lap quite early on in the session, at a time when the track was still reasonably dusty. He was then on course to set a better lap time later in the session, but ended up making a mistake and running wide – so driver error seems to have resulted in an unrealistically large gap (the difference in the previous session was less than a few tenths, after all).

          Equally, during the first practise session, Vettel was also faster than Kimi by around 0.5s in that session as well – are we to assume that Ferrari are “not letting him use the full potential of the car” given that Kimi was also that much slower than his team mate?

  10. Vettel choking again. Too much cucumber perhaps?

    1. Wow! Much deep! So dirty!

  11. Sebs scrape is not a big deal

    Kimi will have gathered relevant data for the session

    They can do a quick sim run in fp3 to make up for it if required

    Pretty sure he will still take pole and the win

    1. Sebs scrape? He was leaking coolant and had his session end.

      1. His scrape with the wall

        Ended his session but not a huge deal since other car can gather tyre data

        1. other car can gather but not him… he needs to gather his own data as his driving style is quite different! he may get meaningful input from kimi but that doesnt always help if you cant use your own limits of the track…

  12. What a drive by Hamilton! With amateur 3rd tier Mercedes’ performance at Singapore, Hamilton able to make-up for 0.6s! I hope he’s not exhausted after the Sunday’s race having to fight with the car…

  13. Kimi will win in Singapore!

    1. Let’s hope so, he certainly look more composed and calm.

    2. Deserves a last win for sure!

  14. I really hope Kimi wins. F’ em all.

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