Both Ferrari drivers are feeling positive with their pace after they emerged as the closest rivals to Mercedes following the second practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix.
The pair were close on single-lap pace and Kimi Raikkonen managed to wrap up FP2 in second place, a quarter of a second behind Nico Rosberg as the night race once again proves to be the Achilles heel for the Silver Arrows’ dominant machine.
On the long runs, Mercedes still seem to have the edge as they are the most comfortable on the soft compound, the hardest of the three compounds of Pirelli tyres available this weeekend.
Ferrari won from pole last year and despite not showing the same comfort as they did in 2015, the Finn remains confident that his team can still improve tomorrow.
“It was OK. In first practice we struggled a little bit but the second one was OK. I felt that we can still improve some things tomorrow and see what the others do, but so far it was not too bad.” Raikkonen said after FP2.
“The car was handling pretty good, so that’s not so bad.”
“Obviously tomorrow we will see where everyone is and it probably wasn’t too bad a start and we will go from there.”
Sebastian Vettel, who won the race last year, was more optimistic that he had a shot at the win, however, remains adamant that the Ferraris are in with a genuine chance without having to rely on a safety car.
“Both looked very strong, I think Mercedes is the favourite and I think we are in the same boat at Red Bull, we try to get everything in line and line our ducks up in the right way and hopefully we can have a shot,” Vettel said.
“We are planning to race 61 laps and we are not relying on a safety car here.”
The German knows his way around the Marina Bay Circuit as the driver with the most wins here, and believes Ferrari can improve well enough to challenge for pole despite posting a lap time one second off Rosberg’s lead and 7 tenths off his team mate.
“Of course it is very difficult to pass here so we will try to trim everything towards qualifying and then we will see.
“We still have a little bit to go, I think we can improve from where we are. If we get everything right, I think we have a good shot.
“I think my lap wasn’t good enough. I think Kimi had a very good lap. It felt good this evening. I struggled a bit to find the rhythm but all in all, I think it’s been a decent session.”
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