Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Singapore, 2019

Hamilton and Verstappen well ahead in second practice

2019 Singapore Grand Prix second practice

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Lewis Hamilton relegated Max Verstappen to second place by the end of Friday practice in Singapore, but the pair were well ahead of the rest of their rivals.

Verstappen, who had been quickest in first practice at the Marina Bay circuit, returned to the top of the times after his qualifying simulation in the second session. However Hamilton. having been fractionally slower than the Red Bull driver through the first two sectors, produced a stunningly quick final sector time – four tenths of a second quicker than anyone else – to head the times.

Both were almost a full second faster than their respective team mates. Valtteri Bottas, back on track after crashing in first practice, was 1.1 seconds behind Hamilton. Alexander Albon went off at turn 10 early at the beginning of second practice and damaged his front wing. After he had a new example fitted he posted a best time of 1’39.943, just within a second of Verstappen.

The Ferrari drivers lost time in traffic on their first flying runs. Sebastian Vettel got a clean run in but on his worn tyres ended up eight-tenths shy of Hamilton. Charles Leclerc, whose first practice session was disrupted by a gearbox problem, had to settle for sixth.

Traffic trouble was a theme of the session. Lando Norris was held up by his own team mate, though both McLaren drivers ended the day inside the top 10. They were separated by Nico Hulkenberg, who again was the fastest of the two Renaults.

Sergio Perez and Kevin Magnussen made contact, the Racing Point driver accusing his Haas rival of trying to spoil his lap. Perez was summoned to the stewards over the incident.

The Haas pair struggled for pace: Magnussen ended the session behind George Russell’s Williams. Grosjean, 17th fastest, told his race engineer not to talk to him in the corners after spinning at turn two.

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Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’38.77329
233Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’38.9570.18429
35Sebastian VettelFerrari1’39.5910.81831
477Valtteri BottasMercedes1’39.8941.12129
523Alexander AlbonRed Bull-Honda1’39.9431.17030
616Charles LeclercFerrari1’40.0181.24530
755Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren-Renault1’40.1451.37233
827Nico HulkenbergRenault1’40.3241.55130
94Lando NorrisMcLaren-Renault1’40.3611.58835
1010Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda1’40.6371.86432
1126Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Honda1’40.7131.94032
123Daniel RicciardoRenault1’40.8112.03830
1311Sergio PerezRacing Point-Mercedes1’40.8752.10229
1499Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’41.1282.35535
1518Lance StrollRacing Point-Mercedes1’41.1282.35530
167Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’41.2322.45928
178Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’41.3922.61926
1863George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’41.4452.67235
1920Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’41.5642.79130
2088Robert KubicaWilliams-Mercedes1’42.1773.40434

Second practice visual gaps

Lewis Hamilton – 1’38.773

+0.184 Max Verstappen – 1’38.957

+0.818 Sebastian Vettel – 1’39.591

+1.121 Valtteri Bottas – 1’39.894

+1.170 Alexander Albon – 1’39.943

+1.245 Charles Leclerc – 1’40.018

+1.372 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’40.145

+1.551 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’40.324

+1.588 Lando Norris – 1’40.361

+1.864 Pierre Gasly – 1’40.637

+1.940 Daniil Kvyat – 1’40.713

+2.038 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’40.811

+2.102 Sergio Perez – 1’40.875

+2.355 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’41.128

+2.355 Lance Stroll – 1’41.128

+2.459 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’41.232

+2.619 Romain Grosjean – 1’41.392

+2.672 George Russell – 1’41.445

+2.791 Kevin Magnussen – 1’41.564

+3.404 Robert Kubica – 1’42.177

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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24 comments on “Hamilton and Verstappen well ahead in second practice”

  1. Vettel’s time stands out for me, given the track is not suited to Ferrari. I wonder if the aerodynamic updates Ferrari brought this weekend have managed to stabilise the rear end to Vettel’s liking.

  2. Visual gaps make for a good representation of the state of F1 right now

    1. @hahostolze I’m not sure. The visual gaps show that in this case it’s not so much the car but more the driver, most of the time it’s the other way around.

      1. Sure sure…. Magically when the cars arrive at Singapore they all get even… Downforce, hp, tire efficiency

        1. He probably pointed at the differences between the same cars and the drivers of the same team.

    2. @hahostolze would love to see the visual gaps for race weekends in, say, beginning of the nineties…

      1. It would be interesting for sure. I looked back at quali times for some mid-90’s races recently. The 2.7 seconds back of the Williams would be something like 4th or 5th on the grid. Even comparing these times to modern spec series you see a bigger gap from front to back. Amazing how close they have got these cars.

    3. If you mean that we currently have Max and Lewis miles ahead everyone else and poor Robert miles behind, I can get it, otherwise I don’t.

  3. I’m wondering why most of the sites don’t pay more attention to the race pace data, is like non existent and when they put something about it, its in a far corner, abandoned like the ugly duckling.. I would love that kind of information to be more relevant on free practice days

    1. Totally agree, Keith, a long run pace analysis after practice sessions would be a great addition to your already fantastic series.

    2. 100% agreed! Most of the time, this race sim data is more important then the fastest times for each driver. In most cases, during FP1 or FP2, drivers dont really push the limits of corners or they encounter traffic, so it’s not as relevant as an average of race pace lap time gathered over 10-12 laps. Please @Keith add more info about race pace simulations.

      1. Agreed, to give some info. In race pace Ferrari is almost a second slower then HAM and 0,8 compared with VER.

      2. @gechichan, to be fair, in the past these round up articles used to have the lap times from the longest stint that the drivers did included in the article. However, it seemed that not that many fans did notice or comment on them, so it may be that Keith has decided that the effort required to produce those plots was too high to the interest that it usually generated from the fans.

    3. Good point there.

  4. As we can see, Grosjean was fundamental to solve Haas’s car problems.

    1. Easy target… He’s still ahead of Mag, isn’t he ? Right it’s only FP1, but that’s stands also for your remark.

      1. Expect another remark from me tomorrow then!!

  5. Let’s see how this translates tomorrow and Sunday… But boy do these two eat their team mates and the rest of the field for breakfast. What I like is that in whichever order they end up, I know if there is the snif of a possibility to win, neither of them will stay sleeping in P2.

  6. @tango

    But boy do these two eat their team mates and the rest of the field for breakfast.

    Bottas beat Lewis in the last race.

    1. @bigjoe yes, very true. His race was so boring I actually forgot.

    2. Yeah those 2 points really changed the face of the championship

    3. Perhaps at the checkered flag, hamilton demolished bottas DURING the race, making serious attempts on leclerc for longer, bottas’ attempts were for less laps and less threatening.

      1. That’s the kind of race that Alain Prost would have settled for 2nd place rather than make a mistake and mess up his tires.
        The race would have been vastly more interesting with no pit communication allowed.

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