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Raikkonen, Vettel cautious about Ferrari’s chances in Singapore

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Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel remain cautious about their chances in this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix despite battling with Mercedes and Red Bull at the front of the pack in Friday’s practice sessions.

Ferrari enters the Singapore weekend still lacking a race win in 2016, with last year’s race at Marina Bay being its most recent success.

Both Vettel and Raikkonen ran high up the order in practice, with the tight and twisting nature of the street circuit in Singapore suiting the SF16-H car more than other tracks.

Vettel led Ferrari’s charge in FP1 by finishing third, before Raikkonen went one better in FP2 and ended the session second behind Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg is braced for a three-way fight between Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull in Singapore, but Raikkonen remains cautious about the Italian marque’s chances.

“Today we had quite a good feeling, but for sure there is still something to improve,” Raikkonen said.

“It’s hard to say if we can be strong. It’s only Friday, but the feeling was positive.

“So far so good, but tomorrow is another day. We’ll see where everybody is and then we’ll go from there.

“We’ll give our best and hopefully we have the speed to challenge our rivals.”

Vettel struggled to match Raikkonen’s pace in FP2 amid difficulties with his setup, but the German is confident the issues can be resolved ahead of qualifying.

“Overall we had two decent sessions,” Vettel said.

“In the second one I was not entirely happy. I was struggling a little bit with the car balance, and therefore not really finding the rhythm but in general it has been a good day.

“It is very difficult to pass here. Obviously we’ll try to trim everything towards qualifying. Now we have a lot of stuff to look into before tomorrow comes – there will be another session and the opportunity to do a few more laps.

“If we get everything right we have a good chance tomorrow to position the car well.”

Qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix is live on CNBC and the NBC Sports app from 9am ET on Saturday.

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has second surgery on fractured arm

MotoGP Marc Marquez second surgery
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Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.

Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.

The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.

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He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.

In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.

Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.

“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”