Singapore’s second practice sessions wrapped up earlier and while Brawn continue to look strong, they weren’t quite as dominant on their second runs with Sebastian Vettel taking the top spot for Red Bull Racing. Fernando Alonso also improved and managed to get his Renault in to P2 while Heikki Kovalainen comfortably outpaced his team mate with a 1m48.952s in comparison to Lewis Hamilton’s 1m49.358s. Jenson Button completed 34 laps to get into P5 and was the busiest driver of the evening along with Williams’s Kazuki Nakajima.
Mark Webber had been running ahead of his team mate for the first half of the session but unfortunately spun his RB5 in the final corner and clouted the barrier. The Red Bull sustained damage and the session was stopped briefly while the car was recovered. This forced Webber to sit out of the second half of the running while Red Bull mechanics frantically set about rebuilding the machine.
Ferrari appear to be struggling a little and although both pilots improved between the two practice session today, Kimi Raikkonen slipped from ninth to fourteenth. this means Giancarlo Fisichella is closer to his team mate, but the Italian could only improve from seventeenth to sixteenth.
McLaren also seem a little up-and-down, but the overall package the team has this weekend will probably be solid, if not spectacular in comparison to the Brawn and Red Bull. BMW look to have found some improvement although this is likely because the tighter and twistier nature of the Marina Bay circuit favours the F1.09 as opposed to the open and fast-flowing Monza and spa Francorchamps.
|1.||Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing||1m48.650s||31 Laps|
|2.||Fernando Alonso Renault||1m48.924s||27 Laps|
|3.||Heikki Kovalainen McLaren||1m48.952s||30 Laps|
|4.||Nick Heidfeld BMW||1m49.098s||31 Laps|
|5.||Jenson Button Brawn||1m49.311s||34 Laps|
|6.||Mark Webber Red Bull Racing||1m49.317s||14 Laps|
|7.||Nico Rosberg Williams||1m49.333s||33 Laps|
|8.||Timo Glock Toyota||1m49.342s||30 Laps|
|9.||Lewis Hamilton McLaren||1m49.358s||28 Laps|
|10.||Robert Kubica BMW||1m49.609s||24 Laps|
|11.||Rubens Barrichello Brawn||1m49.616s||30 Laps|
|12.||Adrian Sutil Force India||1m49.710s||31 Laps|
|13.||Jarno Trulli Toyota||1m49.795s||29 Laps|
|14.||Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari||1m49.941s||29 Laps|
|15.||Kazuki Nakajima Williams||1m50.023s||29 Laps|
|16.||Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari||1m50.253s||31 Laps|
|17.||Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso||1m50.527s||29 Laps|
|18.||Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India||1m50.605s||28 Laps|
|19.||Romain Grosjean Renault||1m50.972s||17 Laps|
|20.||Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso||1m51.423s||31 Laps|
This morning I watched the SPEED TV coverage of practice two and was kind of surprised to hear the comments about crashgate and how Hobbs and Varsha simply couldn’t believe how Piquet got off with no punishment.
BlogF1 has been polite enough to allow us to air our varied opinions about this matter and I guess I am one of but a few who think his actions have ruined his career and that in itself is a fairly stiff punishment.
I will say no more about is and wanted those who really disagreed with me to know that I respect your opinions and wasn’t trying to be a jackass with my response. Sorry to all of you.
Piquets father was my F1 hero back in his day. I had hopes that the same blood ran in his sons veins, but now it seems his time in F1 ended before he could make a proper name for himself. Part of my reaction was to the fact that I had hopes of seeing his fathers greatness in him and now I relize that it really wasn’t there to begin with.
Good to see that Formula One has moved on and that Singapore is a pretty cool place to host a race as night time and having the city as a backdrop makes the spectacle of Grand Prix racing what it is.
Men and machines challenging nation against nation in pursuit of victory through competition, knowledge and technology. A noble test of the human spirit.
Indeed. The show must go on and that was a nice piece of writing. 🙂