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Max fourth after Singapore Friday practice: 'Room for improvement'

Published on 30 September 2022 by Stefan Meens

Max Verstappen finished Friday practice of the Singapore Grand Prix in fourth place, completing only eight laps in FP2. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz was quickest, ahead of team mate Charles Leclerc. George Russell (Mercedes) completed the top three.

“We started well in FP1”, said Max after the final practice session of the day. “The car worked well and we wanted to try a few things for FP2, but it took a bit longer to make those adjustments. When we then wanted to change some other things, that also took longer.”

The reigning champion added: “We weren’t able to do many laps so our lap times weren’t representative. So there is room for improvement.”

As the sun sets on Singapore, the second Friday practice session gets underway as the ambient and track temperatures drop. In the opening third of the session, both the Ferraris and Mercedes set the pace with Lewis Hamilton topping the leader boards twenty minutes in. Thus far, the Red Bulls are still in their garages.

When Max does head out, his first timed lap brings him up to P5 at the halfway point of the session. Soon after, the teams shift their focus to qualifying runs with Perez being the first of the Red Bulls on the soft Pirellis to attempt a fast lap. After a scruffy effort with several brushes with the wall, the Mexican sets the eighth quickest time before returning to the pits.

There, Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri has caught fire in the pitlane, but thankfully an Aston Martin mechanic quickly extinguishes the flames to prevent any serious issues.

With fifteen minutes on the clock, Max is still in the pits having only completed three laps. In the closing stages, he does venture out on the softs to clock the fourth fastest time.

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Results second free practice Singapore:

1Carlos SainzSAIFerrari1:42.587 23
2Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:42.795+0.208s14
3George RussellRUSMercedes1:42.911+0.324s26
4Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing RBPT1:42.926+0.339s8
5Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:43.182+0.595s22
6Esteban OconOCOAlpine Renault1:43.412+0.825s23
7Valtteri BottasBOTAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:43.431+0.844s26
8Fernando AlonsoALOAlpine Renault1:43.520+0.933s23
9Sergio PerezPERRed Bull Racing RBPT1:43.906+1.319s13
10Lance StrollSTRAston Martin Mercedes1:43.982+1.395s21
11Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Mercedes1:44.013+1.426s16
12Sebastian VettelVETAston Martin Mercedes1:44.249+1.662s24
13Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:44.422+1.835s22
14Pierre GaslyGASAlphaTauri RBPT1:44.469+1.882s22
15Zhou GuanyuZHOAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:44.524+1.937s25
16Alexander AlbonALBWilliams Mercedes1:45.144+2.557s25
17Yuki TsunodaTSUAlphaTauri RBPT1:45.211+2.624s11
18Daniel RicciardoRICMcLaren Mercedes1:45.447+2.860s18
19Mick SchumacherMSCHaas Ferrari1:45.623+3.036s23
20Nicholas LatifiLATWilliams Mercedes1:46.553+3.966s25