Rosberg Recovers to Lead FP2 at Marina Bay as Hamilton Hits Trouble

After crashing out of the first practice session in Singapore, Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg recovered to post the quickest time of the second 90-minute session. Team-mate Lewis Hamilton was forced out of the session with a hydraulics problem.

In the opening session both Mercedes drivers had sampled the ultrasoft tyres early on and went on to set their fastest laps on the soft tyre, before Rosberg crashed out with 15 minutes remaining in the session. However in his repaired Mercedes Rosberg fared better on the purple-banded Pirelli rubber in the late evening. The German settled into P1 with a lap of 1:44.152 and wasn’t headed for the remainder of the outing.

Hamilton, though, managed just 10 laps in the sister Mercedes before his session was halted with 20 minutes left on the clock. He was called back to the pit lane for a hydraulic issue to be investigated and the champion then failed to rejoin the action. He finished seventh on the time sheet.
After finishing 1-2 in the opening practice session the Red Bull Racing pairing of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo slipped back in FP2, with Verstappen finishing in third place with a lap of 1:44.532 just under 0.4s adrift of Rosberg’s time. Ricciardo was fourth fastest, two hundredths of a second behind his Dutch team-mate. Both drivers encountered traffic on their ultrasoft runs and Ricciardo had a lucky escape early in the session when he spun at Turn 11 after clipping the wall. He managed to keep his car out of the barriers though.

The top five order was rounded out by Sebastian Vettel. The German had finished just behind the Red Bulls in FP1 but this time he was a second behind Rosberg.

Nico Hulkenberg was sixth for Force India ahead of Hamilton, with Carlos Sainz eighth to give Toro Rosso hope of a good weekend after finishing seventh in the early evening. Team-mate Daniil Kvyat finished 10thbehind Fernando Alonso.

Alonso’s outing wasn’t completely smooth, however, and he was forced to end running after 30 laps with a gearbox issue.

2016 Singapore Grand Prix – Free Practice 2
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:44.152 34
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:44.427 34
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:44.532 29
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:44.557 26
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:45.161 33
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:45.182 35
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:45.275 10
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:45.507 33
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:45.779 30
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:46.029 35
11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:46.063 26
12 Jenson Button McLaren 1:46.574 30
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:46.727 36
14 Felipe Massa Williams 1:46.856 30
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:46.960 30
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:47.161 30
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:47.166 34
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:47.531 29
19 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:48.391 12
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:48.487 32
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:48.505 33
22 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:48.823 29


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