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Singapore GP F1 practice: Rosberg fastest, problems for Hamilton

Nico Rosberg set the pace in second Singapore Grand Prix practice as his Mercedes team-mate and Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton's session was cut short by a hydraulic issue

Rosberg clocked a 1m44.152s on the ultra-soft tyres to finish 0.245 seconds clear of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen with Red Bull's Max Verstappen a tenth further adrift in third.

Hamilton led the way in the early stages with a 1m45.275s on the super-softs, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Verstappen.

But he locked up heavily into Turn 1 on his qualifying simulation, skating into the run-off before rejoining and switching his focus to gathering long-run data.

The Briton, who ended up seventh, then pitted and climbed out of his car with just under half an hour to go.

Mercedes confirmed Hamilton's car had a "small hydraulic issue" and after investigating the problem, the team said it could not be resolved in time to get the car back together and called an end to his session.

Rosberg raised concerns over brake problems in the final few minutes, but continued until the end of the session.

Ricciardo spent a chunk of the session in the garage after he clipped the wall and spun at Turn 11 before rejoining and setting the quickest middle sector to finish fourth.

Sebastian Vettel ended up fifth, 1.009s off the pace and seven tenths slower than team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Force India's Nico Hulkenberg was sixth and nearly a second clear of his team-mate Sergio Perez in 11th.

Carlos Sainz Jr and Fernando Alonso both clipped the wall but continued to finish eighth and ninth respectively with Daniil Kvyat completing the top 10.

Williams had a low-key session, with Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas 14th and 15th respectively.

Romain Grosjean, who early in the session complained about the brakes being inconsistent, spun into the wall at the final corner, causing significant damage to his rear wing.

The Frenchman failed to complete a qualifying simulation and managed just 12 laps as he finished 19th.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m44.152s - 34
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m44.427s 0.275s 34
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m44.532s 0.380s 29
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m44.557s 0.405s 26
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m45.161s 1.009s 33
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m45.182s 1.030s 35
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m45.275s 1.123s 10
8 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m45.507s 1.355s 33
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m45.779s 1.627s 30
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m46.029s 1.877s 35
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m46.063s 1.911s 26
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m46.574s 2.422s 30
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m46.727s 2.575s 36
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m46.856s 2.704s 30
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m46.960s 2.808s 30
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m47.161s 3.009s 30
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m47.166s 3.014s 34
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m47.531s 3.379s 29
19 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m48.391s 4.239s 12
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m48.487s 4.335s 32
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m48.505s 4.353s 33
22 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m48.823s 4.671s 29

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