Carlos Sainz Jnr, Ferrari, Singapore, 2022

Sainz heads Ferrari one-two in second Singapore practice

2022 Singapore Grand Prix second practice

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The two Ferraris of Carlos Sainz Jnr and Charles Leclerc were fastest in the second Friday practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Sainz’s best time of a 1’42.587 was two tenths of a second quicker than his team mate, with George Russell a further tenth behind, just ahead of Max Verstappen.

Despite the sun having set between the end of first practice and the start of the second session, the temperatures had hardly changed by the time the second hour of practice got underway around the Marina Bay street circuit.

After being quickest in the opening session, Lewis Hamilton set the early benchmark of a 1’44.091 on medium tyres, half a second ahead of Fernando Alonso and George Russell in the other Mercedes. Russell, who gently nudged the barrier at turn 12 in the opening practice session, almost committed the same mistake in the early minutes, but managed to avoid contact with the wall.

Max Verstappen remained in the garage for the first third of the session, with Red Bull working on the front of his car. Pierre Gasly brought out the yellow flags briefly when he overshot the entrance of turn 18, but managed to reverse out and continue.

Sainz improved to go quickest of all on the medium tyres, then went even faster on the soft tyres, setting a 1’42.587. After not venturing out of the garage for over half of the session, Leclerc went second quickest on the soft tyres, two tenths slower.

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri, Singapore, 2022
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Gasly had a scare in the pit lane when flames suddenly erupted from the airbox of his AlphaTauri after he made a seemingly routine return to the garage. A small fire burst from the air intake on top of the car as Gasly was being wheeled back into the garage, but was quickly extinguished by fast-acting Aston Martin mechanics in the adjacent garage. Gasly was eventually sent back out after AlphaTauri assessed the car.

In the second half of the session, teams focused more on long run pace, with the two Ferraris remaining at the top of the times. In the final minutes, Verstappen took to the track on soft tyres, moving to fourth fastest, three tenths slower than Sainz’s best time. With no further improvements at the front of the field, the chequered flag flew with Sainz ending Friday as the fastest driver, two tenths ahead of team mate Leclerc.

Russell was third fastest for Mercedes, ahead of Verstappen and team mate Lewis Hamilton. Esteban Ocon and Valtteri Bottas were sixth and seventh, with Alonso, Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll completing the top ten.

2022 Singapore Grand Prix second practice result

155Carlos Sainz JnrFerrariF1-751’42.58723
216Charles LeclercFerrariF1-751’42.7950.20814
363George RussellMercedesW131’42.9110.32426
41Max VerstappenRed BullRB181’42.9260.3398
544Lewis HamiltonMercedesW131’43.1820.59522
631Esteban OconAlpine-RenaultA5221’43.4120.82523
777Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-FerrariC421’43.4310.84426
814Fernando AlonsoAlpine-RenaultA5221’43.5200.93323
911Sergio PerezRed BullRB181’43.9061.31913
1018Lance StrollAston Martin-MercedesAMR221’43.9821.39521
114Lando NorrisMcLaren-MercedesMCL361’44.0131.42616
125Sebastian VettelAston Martin-MercedesAMR221’44.2491.66224
1320Kevin MagnussenHaas-FerrariVF-221’44.4221.83522
1410Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red BullAT031’44.4691.88222
1524Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo-FerrariC421’44.5241.93725
1623Alexander AlbonWilliams-MercedesFW441’45.1442.55725
1722Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red BullAT031’45.2112.62411
183Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-MercedesMCL361’45.4472.86018
1947Mick SchumacherHaas-FerrariVF-221’45.6233.03623
206Nicholas LatifiWilliams-MercedesFW441’46.5533.96625

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2 comments on “Sainz heads Ferrari one-two in second Singapore practice”

  1. Lets see how Ferrari screw it up this time. Hopefully not tho

    1. BLS (@brightlampshade)
      30th September 2022, 15:55

      Probably already looking at trying a four stop strategy…

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