Ricciardo doubles up in second Singapore F1 practice as night falls

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Daniel Ricciardo doubled up for Red Bull in the second Formula 1 practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix, finishing half a second clear of the pack as night fell at Marina Bay.

Ricciardo topped the timesheets in the Red Bull RB13 car in FP1 earlier in the day, and went faster still in the more representative second session, taking place under the lights.

A fastest time of 1:40.852 saw Ricciardo head up a one-two finish for Red Bull, with teammate Max Verstappen following half a second further back.

The tight and twisting nature of the Marina Bay Street Circuit has been expected to favor Red Bull, but the team was able to easily pull clear of Mercedes as both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas struggled.

Hamilton was left to settle for third, seven-tenths of a second off Ricciardo’s time, while Bottas was an additional five-tenths in arrears back in P4.

Not for the first time in 2017, Ferrari did not show its true colors through Friday practice as Kimi Raikkonen took ninth and Sebastian Vettel finished 11th, the latter failing to complete a qualifying simulation.

Vettel had been up on Ricciardo’s time through the first sector, only to hit traffic coming through Turn 14, forcing him to scrap his flying lap.

Vettel tried again minutes later, but clipped the barrier coming out of Turn 7 after losing the rear-end of his Ferrari. While the car was unscathed, the knock did cause an advertising hoarding to fall onto the track, prompting a Virtual Safety Car to be thrown to ensure its safe recovery.

Nico Hulkenberg led Renault to an excellent fifth place in FP2, finishing 1.5 seconds shy of Ricciardo, while the McLaren pair of Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso charged to sixth and seventh respectively, with the team fancying its chances in Singapore.

Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon gave Force India a double top-10 finish, taking eighth and 10th respectively, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen splitting them in ninth.

Running resumes in Singapore on Saturday afternoon, with FP3 going green at 6am ET on the NBC Sports app.

Supercross: Husqvarna’s Jalek Swoll and Malcolm Stewart out with injury

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Jalek Swoll and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Malcolm Stewart sustained injury in separate crashes late last week. Stewart missed Anaheim 2 and Swoll will not mount up for the 250 East season opener in Houston on February 4.

“Spent all of yesterday in the ER and today getting surgery so haven’t been able to make an update post,” Swoll posted on Instagram. “Spiral fractured my humorous yesterday and was lucky enough to get into surgery today. Absolutely heartbroken that I couldn’t show all the hard work me, [Mike Brown], [Aldon Baker], and [Joel Perez] were working on truly felt like this year was going to a big one with massive improvements we made but I guess it just wasn’t my time.”

The team announced on Instagram that Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken bone in his arm, sustained in a practice crash on Friday. After missing the division opener, no further timeline has been given for his return.

Swoll made eight starts in the 250 West division last season with a best finish of fifth. In 2021, he scored his first SuperMotocross win in the outdoor Pro Motocross season at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.

Stewart missed Anaheim 2 due to a practice injury. Likewise, the team did not announce a timetable for Stewart’s return.

He showed a lot of speed in the first two rounds before accidents eliminated him from contention in both rounds. He finished 16th at Anaheim 1 and 15th in San Diego, putting him in a points’ deficit that was already going to be difficult to overcome.

Stewart entered the 2023 season with a ton of confidence and believed all he needed was to stack his chips the right way to get this year’s championship.

Husqvarna is now represented by RJ Hampshire in the 250 West division and Christian Craig in 450s.

Hampshire had a rough weekend in Anaheim 2 and finished 11th in the overall standings after scoring a last place result in Race 2 with a bike sidelined by crash damage and a 13th in Race 3 after another fall.

Craig has not yet scored a top-10 on his 450 with a best of 11th at San Diego and Anaheim 2.

The news of these two injuries comes on the heels of the Pro Circuit Kawasaki team losing three of their four 250 riders.

Last week, Pro Circuit Kawasaki announced Seth Hammaker would miss the season opener with a wrist injury. Almost immediately, it was announced Jo Shimoda would also miss the 250 East opener with a shoulder injury.

Chris Blose will serve as a replacement rider in the 250 East division with Carson Mumford scheduled to replace the injured Austin Forkner in the West.