Sainz Tops Leclerc in FP2 at Marina Bay
The Ferraris came to the Singapore Grand Prix with something to prove. For the first time this season Ferrari swept both FP1 and FP2 running the fastest overall between the two sessions. Carlos Sainz led the way for the team. FP2 was a more accurate representation of how qualifying will go because they cars will qualify at around the same time of day. Temperature for qualifying are forecasted to be similar to FP2 as well so the data gathered during the session will definitely influence qualifying strategy.
In uncharacteristic fashion the Red Bulls ran 7th and 8th fastest. We may see them start to dial up the pace in FP3 but if the cars are truly this far behind then Red Bull and Verstappen’s win streak might be in jeopardy this weekend. We anticipate that the cars will be faster in FP3. There did not appear to be any technical or mechanical setbacks for the team on day one in Singapore. Mercedes put both cars in the top 5 flanking a fourth fastest Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin). George Russell was the faster of the two Mercedes drivers; leading Lewis Hamilton.
Liam Lawson Wows
Liam Lawson (Alpha Tauri) continues to impress finishing as the lead Alpha Tauri driver on day one. Lawson finished P12 with Yuki Tsunoda finishing P16. We haven’t caught wind of any intra team rivalries but it cant be good for Tsunoda to have a reserve driver with limited race experience in the car out competing you. We will monitor this story as it develops further into qualifying tomorrow.
Full FP2 Results are Below
|4||Fernando Alonso/Aston Martin Racing||25||+0.358||0.123||197.093|
|7||Sergio Perez/Red Bull Racing||23||+0.692||0.101||196.384|
|8||Max Verstappen/Red Bull Racing||23||+0.732||0.040||196.299|
|9||Kevin Magnussen/Haas F1 Team||25||+0.897||0.165||195.951|
|10||Valtteri Bottas/Alfa Romeo||24||+0.985||0.088||195.766|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg/Haas F1 Team||22||+1.019||0.034||195.694|
|14||Lance Stroll/Aston Martin Racing||25||+1.270||0.029||195.168|
|17||Zhou Guanyu/Alfa Romeo||25||+1.455||0.098||194.782|