Vettel dominates second practice

Only Sebastian Vettel’s team mate could get within one second of him in second practice for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso looked able to give Vettel a run for his money and went fastest of all through the first sector.

But his session came to an early end a few corners later when he went into the run-off area at turn 18 and stalled.

Despite missing the final 20 minutes, Alonso ended the session fourth, splitting the two McLarens. The five championship contenders occupied the top five places ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa.

Adrian Sutil‘s session also came to an early end when he damaged his Force India’s suspension crashing over the kerbs at the Singapore Sling chicane.

Other drivers survived brushes with the wall, including Jaime Alguersuari and Sutil’s team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Robert Kubica missed much of the session with an hydraulic problem, although his team managed to fix it in time for him to get out at the end. But it meant he saw little of the day’s dry running.

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Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’46.660 29
2 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’47.287 0.627 27
3 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’47.690 1.030 28
4 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’47.718 1.058 20
5 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’47.818 1.158 28
6 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’48.302 1.642 31
7 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’48.341 1.681 28
8 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’48.679 2.019 26
9 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’48.855 2.195 15
10 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’48.889 2.229 31
11 10 Nico H?â??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’49.153 2.493 32
12 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’49.438 2.778 30
13 22 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’49.558 2.898 26
14 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’49.608 2.948 30
15 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’49.896 3.236 28
16 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’49.984 3.324 11
17 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’50.191 3.531 31
18 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’50.896 4.236 35
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’51.878 5.218 30
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’52.150 5.490 22
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’53.431 6.771 25
22 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’53.526 6.866 27
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’54.725 8.065 27
24 20 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’55.542 8.882 25

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35 comments on Vettel dominates second practice

  1. Did Alonso’s engine fail or any other electronic device fail ?

  2. I think it will be back to the standard weekend. Redbulls way out ahead in qualifying but reigned back in by Mclaren and Ferrari during the race.

  3. Rahim RG said on 24th September 2010, 16:08

    Probably an electric….

    • Recall in the past there has been a suspected burried cable or subway infrastructure part inteferring with car electronics.

      • Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 24th September 2010, 16:47

        Something was mentioned about this in the FP1 coverage. Apparently there is potential for electrical interference affecting the cars, especially over the second bridge. Remember that Webber’s retirement from the 2008 race was ascribed to an electrical failure caused by a passing tram!

        • bosyber said on 24th September 2010, 17:14

          McLaren mentioned it on their website during FP1:
          1121: Why did we sent out both cars separately? An electro-magnetic issue at Turn 13 – so it was wise to ensure it didn’t affect car electronics.

          And later again briefly during FP2:
          1430: Lewis’s engineer is discussing the T13 electrical interference – it’s apparently from an underground line – and can affect all teams.

          … was that Webber’s “tramline” problem from last years race?

        • Accidental Mick said on 24th September 2010, 17:22

          It is illegal, in Singapore, to have overhead power lines. I heard that there is a masive poer cable swung under the bridge to connect the two parts of the city.

          This cable is, supposedly, big enough to generate its own electromagnetic field.

          • bosyber said on 24th September 2010, 17:26

            Maybe next year they should put some shielding around it.

          • wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 25th September 2010, 3:40

            In Singapore their is electromagnetic field everywhere, I agree with Accidental Mick that it’s affecting the car. I think that same thing happened with Massa’s car in the 2008 GP when the light turned green accidentally.

  4. polishboy808 said on 24th September 2010, 16:09

    O-oh, Heidfeld in front of Petrov? Thats not good…..

  5. Not so hot for Schumi as in the first practice but still it seems like he got the track pretty fast. Heidfield too better than expected, that’s cool.

    • Alastair said on 24th September 2010, 16:30

      He got within a couple of tenths of Rosberg, but FP1 times were unrepresentative as the track was drying so fast towards the end…

  6. He simply stalled it

  7. Shame Alonso didn’t finish his flying lap, i don’t think he would have beaten SV but may well have split the RedBulls – Keep of the kerbs under braking!

  8. that corner Sutil’s suspension broke… isn’t it the worst corner in the calendar?

    • bosyber said on 24th September 2010, 17:48

      Hamilton sure seems to think so :) I don’t understand why it is there, not really, it makes an already slow track take more time.

  9. So far it’s a bit closer than in Hungary, the Red bulls are only about a second in front.

    Sure Alonso might have been faster, and Massa did his time early and Button and Hamilton might have been doing another program, but it is more or less the unchanged order.

    • Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 24th September 2010, 16:48

      Basically if it is dry then Red Bull should walk it. Though the safety car usually intervenes at some point, which could cause issues as it did in Budapest.

      • How many races should RBR have walked so far though? Suppose that just means they have to come good at some point…

        • bosyber said on 24th September 2010, 17:19

          It could still be the case that in the race, Ferrari and McLaren can challenge Red Bull due to greater race pace. If Red Bull’s work on thier start problem hasn’t fixed it fully, maybe one or more of those cars can get ahead, Alonso, for example, is a bit faster in s1 at least.

          • If it was somewhere like Malaysia or Brazil or somewhere I’d be more happy for my favourite team Ferrari but overtaking is so rare I’d like pole :P

  10. Ledzep4pm said on 24th September 2010, 16:59

    Did Mclaren not run the new split cascade front wing in FP2?
    Not sure if its just back to back testing or they’re nt running it for quali and race.

  11. Charles Carroll said on 24th September 2010, 17:08

    No matter who is driving the HRT, even if no one is driving, it is still a terrible car.

    • Yeah, that HRT is really off the pace now. Their no development approach doesn’t appear to be paying off. :D

      It’s really just a race between Klien and Senna on Sunday for the Hispania guys.

      • I think HRT will set a record for going through a whole season without one update on the car, here it’s the same as at the start of the season.

  12. US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 24th September 2010, 19:30

    Looks like maybe the sparkly helmet is helping Vettel?

    • SPIDERman said on 24th September 2010, 19:34

      a slow motion shot of vettels car below the floor seems to show the car pushing or flexing each time he accelarates through the gears

  13. schooner said on 24th September 2010, 21:40

    While it doesn’t appear as though the new flex regulations have compromised RB and Ferrari’s high downforce advantage as hoped by McLaren, perhaps McLaren weren’t showing all their cards? Qualy will tell, and of course there is still that pesky race to run as well!

  14. US Williams Fan said on 25th September 2010, 3:18

    The Ferraris, RBRs, and McLarens all looked quite strong in practice overall.

    But you can’t rule out BAR, KUB, or the Mercedes drivers on Sunday.

    Does McLaren only have one split cascade front wing between the two cars for the race as well?

  15. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 25th September 2010, 3:27

    Seems like we will see the Red Bull once again in the front row of the starting grid, now the question remains who will be partnering them between the Red & Silver car.

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