Raikkonen: Not a lot made sense for Ferrari in Singapore GP practice
Kimi Raikkonen said "not a lot of things made sense" for Ferrari as the Formula 1 team struggled for pace in Friday practice for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Ahead of the weekend, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said Singapore’s Marina Bay street circuit would favour rivals Ferrari and Red Bull.
Red Bull lived up to that billing, with Daniel Ricciardo leading the way in both practice sessions, but Ferrari struggled and Raikkonen was the fastest of its two drivers in FP2 in ninth, 1.983 seconds off the pace.
Team-mate Sebastian Vettel was 11th, although the German failed to complete a representative low-fuel lap.
"Overall, it was a difficult day and not a lot of things made sense," said Raikkonen. "There is a lot to work on.
"It’s not exactly where we expected it to start but we work forward.
"I’m sure we can improve. It’s not the first time and it’s only Friday."
Vettel struggled to find a good balance in either of the 90-minute sessions and ruined his second attempt at a low-fuel lap in FP2 on ultra-soft tyres when he clipped the wall on the exit of Turn 10.
"It was not ideal, I didn’t mean to go off," he said.
"I was very lucky I could continue.
"It was a tricky session for us. The balance wasn’t quite there. But I think it’s in the car.
"I’m not yet happy, missing a bit the balance, then you miss a bit the confidence."
Vettel admitted Ferrari mades a few changes to the car that did not work and was hopeful the team could turn things around in time for Saturday’s qualifying session.
"We tried a couple of things," he said.
"I’m not sure they are the right things to do. Now we see what we can do tomorrow.
"It’s not the first Friday we’ve struggled. I’m pretty sure we’ll be close tomorrow.
"It’s clear both of us weren’t that happy today and we need to improve but I’m sure we have enough time to look at it and find a solution."
Singapore GP FP2: Ricciardo leads Verstappen in Red Bull 1-2
Daniel Ricciardo completed a Friday sweep for the Singapore Grand Prix, leading Red Bull Formula 1 team-mate Max Verstappen in second practice.
Ricciardo, who edged out Sebastian Vettel in Friday’s first session, clocked a 1m40.852s on his second flying lap on the ultra-soft tyres to finish 0.556s quicker than Verstappen.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was third, seven tenths off the pace, with title rival Vettel failing to complete a representative qualifying simulation in his Ferrari.
Ricciardo and Verstappen traded fastest laps in the early part of the 90-minute session when running the super-softs, with Ricciardo coming out on top.
Hamilton and Vettel were third and fourth during that phase, 0.428s and 1.027s off the pace respectively, but they were running the soft Pirelli tyres.
Valtteri Bottas was the first to switch to ultra-softs, but he could only slot into second, 0.027s off the pace, before team-mate Hamilton went quickest.
Ricciardo then reclaimed top spot with a 1m41.228s, 0.327s quicker than Hamilton, and then improved by nearly fourth tenths on his next lap.
Verstappen tried to respond by attempting a second flying lap, but he told the team on team radio that his tyres had gone and he backed off.
Vettel set the quickest first sector on his ultra-soft run, but he backed out of the lap when he was baulked by a Sauber.
He tried a second flier, but lost the rear end at Turn 10 and clobbered the wall, detaching an advertising hoarding which temporarily required the virtual safety car to be deployed.
Vettel did not attempt another low-fuel lap, instead turning his attention to long runs, and ended up 11th quickest with his best lap set on the soft tyres.
Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was only ninth quickest after his ultra-soft run, 1.983s off the pace.
Bottas was fourth quickest, ahead of Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg, with Stoffel Vandoorne the leading McLaren in sixth, 1.649s off the pace.
His team-mate Fernando Alonso was on course to improve his time, but had to back out of it when the virtual safety car was deployed for the Vettel incident, and he ended up seventh.
Sergio Perez was eighth, just over two tenths quicker than Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon in 10th.
Renault-bound Carlo Sainz Jr, who struggled with understeer on his long runs, was the leading Toro Rosso, nearly fourth tenths quicker than team-mate Daniil Kvyat, in 12th.
Sainz then went off down an escape road on his final lap, and had a near-miss with Vettel as he reversed back onto the track.
Romain Grosjean had a frustrating day, which included several off-track excursions, a spin and a telemetry issue, and ended up 18th, half a second and one place behind Haas team-mate Kevin Magnussen.
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m40.852s||–||33|
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m41.408s||0.556s||28|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m42.826s||1.974s||35|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m43.054s||2.202s||34|
|12||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m43.236s||2.384s||38|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m43.608s||2.756s||32|
Singapore GP FP1: Daniel Ricciardo fastest for Red Bull
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo pipped Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to top spot in the opening Formula 1 free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Ricciardo posted a 1m42.489s on the second flying lap on his second set of ultra-soft tyres to secure the fastest time with 26 minutes remaining of the one-and-a-half hour session.
Vettel, also on his second flier on ultra-softs, posted a time 0.109s slower to take second five minutes later to deny Red Bull a one-two by relegating Max Verstappen to third place.
Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton set the pace during the early stages of the session using super-soft Pirelli rubber, when there were a few damp patches on the circuit, before they were shuffled back by Verstappen and Ricciardo’s first runs.
Bottas then capitalised on a near-empty track on fresh ultra-softs to climb to second briefly, but he was eventually pushed down to sixth, half-a-second slower than Hamilton and behind Force India driver Sergio Perez, who set his time with 15 minutes to go.
During the long runs, Bottas complained of a lack of rear grip, while Hamilton had a brief off at the slow Turn 14 right-hander.
Kimi Raikkonen ended up seventh, lapping 1.245s slower than pacesetter Ricciardo.
Fernando Alonso was eighth for McLaren ahead of Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg, with Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat rounding out the top 10 after Stoffel Vandoorne failed to improve by enough with his late-session pace to get ahead of the Russian.
Felipe Massa was the best-placed of the Williams drivers in 14th, while Lance Stroll completed only 10 laps before pitting with a gearbox problem and ended up 17th.
Massa was ahead of the two Haas drivers, who were the only ones not to use ultra-soft Pirellis and concentrated on super-softs.
Romain Grosjean set his best time with five minutes remaining, although suffered three off-track moments during the session – taking to the run-off at Turn 1 early on before a spin at Turn 16 shortly after and then going off at Turn 18 late on.
He was just over three-tenths faster than Antonio Giovinazzi, the latter sitting in for race driver Kevin Magnussen during FP1.
Formula 2 driver Sean Gelael made his grand prix weekend debut in place of Carlos Sainz Jr at Toro Rosso for the first free practice session.
The 20-year-old Indonesian, who is currently 15th in the F2 standings, was 18th fastest with a 1m45.570s – complaining of a possible problem with the front left that caused "no grip" in the final 20 minutes.
He outpaced the two Saubers, with Marcus Ericsson – who suffered a spin in the Turn 18 left-hander early in the session – 0.187s ahead of team-mate Pascal Wehrlein.
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m42.489s||–||21|
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m42.610s||0.121s||23|
|5||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m43.423s||0.934s||25|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m44.220s||1.731s||25|
|13||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m45.053s||2.564s||25|
|18||Sean Gelael||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m47.570s||5.081s||26|