FP2: Hamilton edges Verstappen under the Singapore lights
Lewis Hamilton led FP2 in Singapore by just 0.184s over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, with FP1 runner-up Sebastian Vettel finishing third for Ferrari as drivers got valuable night-time running at Marina Bay.
Hamilton set the early pace on medium tyres, his time of 1m 39.991s reflective not only of the Mercedes’ confident gait around the city-centre circuit, but of the track’s slightly lower temperatures and gradually evolving surface.
Then, as qualifying runs beckoned, Hamilton improved to a 1m 38.773s on soft tyres to eclipse Verstappen, who led Vettel in FP1 by a similar margin. In third place Vettel was eight-tenths off the lead.