Daniil Kvyat has ended the first day of free practice for the Singapore Grand Prix as the surprise pace setter as Red Bull gave a glimpse at its full potential around the Marina Bay Circuit.
The Russian emerged quickest of all during a flurry of laps on the super soft tyres, stopping the clock at a 1min 46.142secs, surpassing the erstwhile benchmark set by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen earlier in the session by 0.039secs.
A measure of Red Bull's confidence around the street circuit, Daniel Ricciardo complemented Kvyat's efforts with the third fastest time, the top three split by little more than a tenth in one of the closest practice sessions of the year.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was 'only' fourth fastest, but – along with Nico Rosberg in seventh – spent much of the session focusing on longer runs, albeit with mixed results.
Sebastian Vettel was fifth fastest for Ferrari, ahead of Sergio Perez in the Force India, while Fernando Alonso gave McLaren reason to smile with an encouraging run to eighth best, only eight tenths off the overall pace.
Nico Hulkenberg and Max Verstappen rounded out the top ten for Force India and Toro Rosso, ahead of Felipe Massa in 11th and the Saubers of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson in 12th and 13th. Jenson Button, Carlos Sainz, Romain Grosjean and Valtteri Bottas filled positions 14 through to 17.
Having performed a mighty effort to get Alexander Rossi's car back on course at the end of FP2 following his crash in FP1, Manor has more to do now as Will Stevens went off in the sister car early on, tagging the barrier at Turn 12. Rossi and Stevens – along with Lotus' Pastor Maldonado - were the only three drivers that failed to improve in FP2, bringing up the rear.
CLICK HERE for the full Singapore Grand Prix FP2 results