Red Bull rocks the Singapore night!

Both of Red Bull and Ferrari should make the show this weekend… They’re very competitive on a flying lap and on the long runs as well. Mercedes waits for the Q3 to depress its rivals. According to Pirelli, the gap between the soft and the supersoft tyres is about 1’5s (maybe 2 pit-stops on race). Let’s review this FP2 in Singapore…

Weather report: night, T. air: 28°C ; T. track: 32-33°C ; humidity rate: 81-84% and wind speed: 1m.s (north-west)

Daniil Kvyat set the first benchmark at 9:34pm (1’49’’307 – soft tyres) and he kept back the power at 10:17pm (1’46’’142 – supersoft tyres). Kimi Räikkönen, second (+0’’039s), has been inserted between both Dans. According to the last rumours heard in the paddock, Red Bull would be in touch with Audi, Volkswagen and Ferrari for their engine in 2016. Eddie Jordan even told about a Red Bull takeover by VW. Dr Dieter Mateschitz wants a competitive engine not a B-spec ; otherwise, they’ll leave F1. Lewis Hamilton has occupied the fourth row (+0’’337s). The Silver Arrows did two average attempts during their qualifying simulation. Sebastian Vettel, fifth (+0’’345s), signed the best time on race configuration (1’50’’3) in front of Daniil (1’50’’7), Daniel Ricciardo (1’50’’9) and Lewis (1’51’’2). In average, he was in 1’51”3 on the long runs (supersoft tyres) against 1’51”8 for Lewis. Sergio Perez has been classified sixth (+0’’517s). Nico Rosberg, seventh (+0’’639s), changed his set up and it was the wrong choice. Nevertheless, he had the fastest speed of the line-up (303,8 km/h). Fernando Alonso has reached the eighth position (+0’’817s). Nico Hülkenberg, ninth, has been more than a second slower than the leader (+1’’152s). Max Verstappen, who isn’t satisfied with his car balance on the supersoft tyres, has been at the end of the top 10. Felipe Massa, eleventh, has been followed by both Sauber (advantage for Felipe Nasr). Williams has to improve its performance on a flying lap. Regarding Sauber, they need to adjust the set up to suit the new aero package. Jenson Button has appeared at the fourteenth place. Carlos Sainz Jr, fifteenth, was pretty unlucky. The Spaniard had a left-rear puncture after a contact with the wall at the turn 5 at 9:52pm. Then, he reported in his radio a loss of power at 10:30pm. Romain Grosjean, sixteenth, has outstripped Valtteri Bottas. Pastor Maldonado has been eighteenth. Lotus is struggling here. Let’s note Renault is negociating with Bernie Ecclestone regarding the last financial details for the English team takeover. The deal should be done in a week. Alexander Rossi started his working program at 10:40pm (19th, 9 laps completed). Will Stevens, the good last one, gave up after an off-track at 9:36pm (red flag until 9:40pm). The Briton counted 3 laps (average=28 and max=35 for both of Sebastian and Hulk). Let’s note that the F1 Strategy Group finds an agreement about several points (http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/120865 ; http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/120864) and the FIA will study them during its meeting on the 30th of September. Regarding the ban of the wind tunnel testing, there wasn’t any vote. http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/f1-teams-rally-against-wind-tunnel-ban-idea/

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