Night Time Magic. Singapore Friday Practice Session Two Analysis.

By: Myanna Wedes.

The second session of Formula 1 on Friday was totally different to the first session with cars pushing the limits, the bumps causing the drivers to succumb to spins and Lewis Hamilton laying down his expertise on track. It was a battle for the fastest lap times between Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas, Alex Albon and Charles Leclerc. There were close calls with tyres hitting the walls, sparks flying, slides and a steamy weather pattern whereby the drivers were being physically tested.

The gap between Hamilton and Verstappen is very close and they are definitely sending subtle hints to one another. The difference +0.184. The Mercedes team will be satisfied with the performance of laps by Hamilton especially since they were worried about the Ferrari and Red Bull pace. Right now, the silver arrows is throwing a spanner in to the plan of Verstappen which is nice to see because it means we are in for a qualifying showdown between those two rivals. The brakes for certain cars were red hot and dust a key factor as they went in and out of the corners. Mastering Singapore is one important challenge and Hamilton loves it. Watching him trackside showcased commitment and passion to finding the perfect lap and set up. Regardless of the bumps and hearing the cars hit bottom, they were pushing. Vettel looked good out on track and as we have heard across the weekend, do not write him off just yet. The German driver is reserved and feeling good considering his season of massive highs and major lows. We are looking forward to seeing what strategy Vettel will carry out in competition to his teammate who did experience a lack of performance in the first session though recovered quite well in FP2.

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo was outperformed by his teammate Nico Hulkenberg which is interesting considering the optimism of Ricciardo at the press conference. Some may say, the “Hulk” has everything to prove. He must drive his heart out to secure a drive for 2020 and not be in another series walking away from a sport that he truly loves. If anything, the extra motivation is there which is excellent to see considering how highly everyone speaks of the Hulk and the fact that he has never really reached his full potential. Could a result at Singapore push him to the next level and allow him to grow. We must see what transpires and if Ricciardo can take it to him to ensure his car is ready for attack at this circuit and also in leading up to next years season.

As you walk around the circuit and watch the cars, you can see who is comfortable and those who are still trying to find the limit. It will be a fine line in qualifying to ensure track position is achieved and the strategy is carried out to plan. Who do you have your money on to take number one?

144Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:38.77329
233Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA1:38.957+0.184s29
35Sebastian VettelFERRARI1:39.591+0.818s31
477Valtteri BottasMERCEDES1:39.894+1.121s30
523Alexander AlbonRED BULL RACING HONDA1:39.943+1.170s30
616Charles LeclercFERRARI1:40.018+1.245s31
755Carlos SainzMCLAREN RENAULT1:40.145+1.372s33
827Nico HulkenbergRENAULT1:40.324+1.551s30
94Lando NorrisMCLAREN RENAULT1:40.361+1.588s35
1010Pierre GaslySCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA1:40.637+1.864s32
1126Daniil KvyatSCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA1:40.713+1.940s32
123Daniel RicciardoRENAULT1:40.811+2.038s30
1311Sergio PerezRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES1:40.875+2.102s29
1499Antonio GiovinazziALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI1:41.128+2.355s35
1518Lance StrollRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES1:41.128+2.355s31
167Kimi RäikkönenALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI1:41.232+2.459s28
178Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI1:41.392+2.619s26
1863George RussellWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:41.445+2.672s35
1920Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:41.564+2.791s30
2088Robert KubicaWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:42.177+3.404s35
Credit: Moy / XPB Images. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W10. 20.09.2019. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Practice Day.