Red Bull teach F1 rivals practice lesson

Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber at the Singapore Grand Prix circuit

Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber at the Singapore Grand Prix circuit

Red Bull Racing has taught the Formula One field a Friday lesson, finishing well ahead of its rivals after the two practice sessions at the Singapore Grand Prix street track.

World championship leader Mark Webber topped the first session, held in damp conditions – the first time that Formula One race cars have competed under lights in a wet session.

Due to the weather, the first practice featured a number of random results. Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher (Mercedes GP) was second ahead of Adrian Sutil (Force India), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) and Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso).

Despite the session’s conditions, it was a largely uneventful session, with only Schumacher, Bruno Senna, Timo Glock and Kumai Kobayashi having minor off-track moments.

Session two saw the field resemble a regular finishing order, however, Red Bull continued its superior ways. Vettel took the top spot, more than 0.6s ahead of Webber, who was another 0.5s ahead of next best Jenson Button (McLaren), Fernando Alonso (Ferarri) and Webber’s title rival Lewis Hamilton (McLaren).

The second session was held in dry conditions.

Alonso and Sutil were the onluy drivers to run into trouble during P2. Alonso ran up an escape road and couldn’t get his Ferrari refired. At the time, he was on a lap thank looked like vaulting him to third place. Sutil launched his Mercedes-powered Force India over a kerb at the chicane, landing heavily and breaking his suspension. He sat out the rest of the session.

Australian Webber was happy with his first day at the ‘night-race’ circuit.

“The first session was wet, but we got some good running this afternoon,” he said.

“I haven’t seen the times that closely yet, but I’m pretty happy with how today went. I need to work on my short run performance a bit, but overall it’s good.

“We knew nothing would change with our car before we came here; we’ve passed all the new FIA tests and we weren’t coming here expecting to be slower than we were in Budapest. Other people had their ideas how to improve their car and we have continued to improve our car too. Ferrari still look quick and anyone can be on pole tomorrow, us, Ferrari or McLaren, we just keep trying to do our best.”

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Results from Practice 1 and 2 at the Singapore Grand Prix

Practice 1

1 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:54.589
2 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:54.708
3 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:54.827
4 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:55.137
5 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:55.160
6 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:55.333
7 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:55.510
8 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:55.523
9 Robert Kubica Renault 1:55.672
10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:55.914
11 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:56.090
12 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:56.339
13 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:56.458
14 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:56.598
15 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:56.603
16 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:56.615
17 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:56.840
18 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:56.884
19 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:57.760
20 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:59.034
21 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:59.275
22 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:59.783
23 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 2:03.424
24 Fairuz Fauzy Lotus-Cosworth 2:05.694

Practice 2

1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:46.660
2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:47.287
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:47.690
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:47.718
5 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:47.818
6 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:48.302
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:48.341
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:48.679
9 Robert Kubica Renault 1:48.855
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:48.889
11 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:49.153
12 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:49.438
13 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:49.558
14 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:49.608
15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:49.896
16 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:49.984
17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:50.191
18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:50.896
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:51.878
20 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:52.150
21 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:53.431
22 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:53.526
23 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:54.725
24 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1:55.542

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