Sebastian Vettel sets the pace in Singapore

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Saturday 24th September, 2011 - 6:35am

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Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel ended the first day of competition at the Singapore Grand Prix on top of the time sheets.

The Red Bull Racing driver clocked the fastest time of the two practice sessions at the Marina Bay street circuit, setting a 1m46.374s in the second session.

After a delayed and shortened first session that saw McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton edge out Vettel, the German responded in the second session, blitzing the field.

Last year’s Singapore winner Fernando Alonso, however, was close behind on 1m46.575s in the Ferrari, with Hamilton another half second shy on 1m 47.115s after damaging his McLaren’s floor when he ran over an exit kerb.

Felipe Massa was fourth in the second Ferrari, ahead of Australian Red Bull driver Mark Webber fifth.

Michael Schumacher (Mercedes), Adrian Sutil (Force India), Sergio Perez (Sauber), Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) and a brake-less Jenson Button (McLaren) rounded out the top 10 in the second session.

Button’s track time was hampered when his McLaren appeared to have a brake problem which prevented him from continuing. Kobayashi made a spectacular leap over the kerbs, while Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi hit the wall in Turn 22, tearing off his right-front wheel.

The first session was delayed when the supporting Porsche Carrera Cup class dislodged the new temporary kerbs in some corners.

To cut track time even more, 10 minutes from the end, the red flag came out again after Massa had run wide, gone over a kerb before headed down an escape road. In the process, he inadvertently dislodged another kerbing bolt, forcing officials to call the session off.

See below for Speedcafe.com’s extensive F1 Race Guide.

Practice 1 results

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:48.599 10
2 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:49.005 0.406 15
3 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:50.066 1.467 16
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:50.596 1.997 11
5 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:50.952 2.353 12
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:52.043 3.444 14
7 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:52.251 3.652 13
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:52.416 3.817 12
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:52.435 3.836 13
10 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:52.815 4.216 13
11 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:52.991 4.392 17
12 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:53.050 4.451 17
13 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:53.399 4.800 18
14 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:53.703 5.104 19
15 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:53.749 5.150 12
16 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:53.765 5.166 17
17 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:53.785 5.186 16
18 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:54.736 6.137 8
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:54.821 6.222 9
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:56.198 7.599 8
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:57.798 9.199 13
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:58.792 10.193 6
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:59.169 10.570 17
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:59.214 10.615 18

 

Practice 2

 

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:46.374 33
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:46.575 0.201 28
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:47.115 0.741 22
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:47.120 0.746 23
5 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:47.265 0.891 28
6 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:48.418 2.044 27
7 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:48.866 2.492 32
8 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:49.578 3.204 27
9 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:49.730 3.356 29
10 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:49.751 3.377 10
11 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:49.792 3.418 14
12 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:50.241 3.867 31
13 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:50.345 3.971 8
14 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:50.399 4.025 29
15 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:50.790 4.416 28
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:50.897 4.523 24
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:50.937 4.563 30
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:51.950 5.576 26
19 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:52.257 5.883 15
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:52.489 6.115 25
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:53.579 7.205 25
22 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:54.649 8.275 25
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:54.754 8.380 29
24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:55.198 8.824 26

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