Building on the solid work from the earlier session, Free Practice 2 saw both Lotus F1 Team drivers put the E20 through its paces over a variety of long runs; race simulations, rubber analysis and pit-stop practice all included in a packed schedule as the team continued preparations for the weekend ahead.
No sign of the day’s earlier showers as darkness descended for Free Practice 2 this evening in Singapore; dry tarmac and ever-intensifying heat providing a different form of challenge for the drivers under the bright lights of the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
The session took its customary Friday format of race simulation runs, data analysis and setup changes, with a few practice pit-stops and track time with both the yellow marked soft and red marked super-soft Pirelli tyres thrown into the mix.
Both Kimi and Romain flirted with the upper echelons of the order in the mid stages while setting about their work in typically relentless fashion; the pair putting in fast and consistent times respective to their programme for the evening and posting laps on the fringes of the top ten as the day’s action came to a close.
Minor interruptions came in the form of scattered yellow flags as drivers experimented with the limits of grip on a very green surface, in addition to a brief stoppage as Bruno Senna’s Williams collided with the wall to bring out the red flags.
Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m48.340 27 2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m48.651s + 0.311 24 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m48.896s + 0.556 26 4. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m48.964s + 0.624 26 5. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m49.086s + 0.746 28 6. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m49.300s + 0.960 30 7. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m49.339s + 0.999 31 8. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m49.790s + 1.450 32 9. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m50.039s + 1.699 28 10. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m50.161s + 1.821 23 11. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m50.263s + 1.923 23 12. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m50.345s + 2.005 24 13. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m50.636s + 2.296 32 14. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m50.791s + 2.451 26 15. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m51.122s + 2.782 28 16. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m51.450s + 3.110 21 17. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m51.452s + 3.112 11 18. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m52.00$s + 3.669 31 19. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m52.218s + 3.878 29 20. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m52.576s + 4.236 27 21. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m52.863s + 4.523 27 22. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m52.936s + 4.596 25 23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m54.448s + 6.108 25 24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m54.514s + 6.174 30
Video: Sky Sports FP2 Kimi coverage
Kimi Raikkonen – 12th: “It wasn’t the easiest of days for us today. We don’t have enough grip for some reason, and we seem to be lacking downforce. It’s the same on both tyres ; a little bit better when the tyres are new, but still not quite the pace we want. I think we can improve for tomorrow but we have to find two seconds to get to the front. I don’t think we’ll find that much time ; but I think we should improve from Friday as we usually do.”
Romain Grosjean – 10th: “It feels good to be back on track. Our position on the time sheets in the morning was not what we’d have liked and even after FP2 we know there is more performance to be found. The car is basically the same as what we ran in Monaco and Budapest where we were very competitive but we’ve struggled a bit for grip today. The good thing is we understand what we need to do, the team has been working hard to make improvements and I’m sure we’ll be stronger tomorrow.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “We didn’t learn too much in the first session, but we did get some quick laps on the intermediate tyres. In the second session we evaluated the two tyre compounds, completing long runs on both. There’s quite a bit of single lap pace difference between the two of them. It’s fairly clear which tyre will be the preferred one for qualifying but not so clear at the moment which tyre is the better prospect for the race. We’ll be looking closely at lap times and degradation levels overnight.”