Vettel top in final Singapore practice

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Singapore, 2010

Sebastian Vettel was on top once again in the third practice session at Singapore.

He was six-tenths of a second quicker than Fernando Alonso with Lewis Hamilton three tenths further behind.

The other Ferrari of Felipe Massa was fourth ahead of Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber and Nico H???lkenberg.

For the second time this weekend the session began on a damp track which dried throughout the course of practice.

Some parts of the circuit took longer to dry than others and turn five caught out several drivers including Webber, Rosberg, Alonso and Hamilton.

Bruno Senna spun twice during the session, coming to a halt at the Singapore Sling chicane and at turn 18, where Alonso hit trouble yesterday.

His second spin brought out the yellow flags during a hectic end to the session, where traffic meant drivers were already having to abort runs having set quick sector times. Hamilton and both Red Bull drivers had to abandon their efforts to set better times on the super-soft tyres.

Timo Glock, who finished second for Toyota here last year, was the quickest of the new teams’ drivers by eight-tenths of a second.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’48.028 15
2 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’48.650 0.622 16
3 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’49.000 0.972 12
4 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’49.023 0.995 18
5 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’49.056 1.028 17
6 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’49.212 1.184 13
7 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’49.304 1.276 17
8 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’49.520 1.492 16
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’49.916 1.888 15
10 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’49.949 1.921 16
11 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’50.040 2.012 15
12 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’50.053 2.025 16
13 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’50.060 2.032 12
14 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’50.067 2.039 16
15 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’50.067 2.039 14
16 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’50.868 2.840 16
17 22 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’51.016 2.988 15
18 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’51.027 2.999 17
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’52.340 4.312 14
20 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’53.146 5.118 15
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’53.297 5.269 15
22 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’53.681 5.653 17
23 20 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’54.826 6.798 16
24 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’55.367 7.339 16

Ultimate laps

A driver’s ultimate lap is his best three sector times added together.

Pos. Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’47.563 0.465
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’48.305 0.742 0.695
3 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’48.561 0.998 0.089
4 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’48.610 1.047 0.413
5 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’48.630 1.067 0.582
6 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’48.750 1.187 0.306
7 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’48.998 1.435 0.306
8 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’49.028 1.465 0.492
9 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’49.155 1.592 0.794
10 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’49.374 1.811 0.686
11 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’49.393 1.830 0.674
12 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’49.403 1.840 0.650
13 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’49.744 2.181 0.172
14 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’49.877 2.314 0.163
15 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’49.963 2.400 0.104
16 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’50.452 2.889 0.416
17 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’50.563 3.000 0.464
18 22 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’50.654 3.091 0.362
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’51.968 4.405 0.372
20 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’52.719 5.156 0.427
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’52.914 5.351 0.383
22 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’53.106 5.543 0.575
23 20 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’54.658 7.095 0.168
24 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’55.156 7.593 0.211

Singapore practice combined lap times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’55.137 1’46.660 1’48.028 56
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’54.589 1’47.287 1’49.212 50
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’55.333 1’47.690 1’50.060 52
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’56.090 1’47.718 1’48.650 48
5 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’56.884 1’47.818 1’49.000 49
6 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’56.615 1’48.302 1’50.053 64
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’57.760 1’48.341 1’49.023 68
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’56.598 1’48.679 1’49.056 51
9 Robert Kubica Renault 1’55.672 1’48.855 1’49.520 42
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’54.708 1’48.889 1’50.067 69
11 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’56.840 1’49.153 1’49.304 63
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’56.339 1’49.438 1’51.027 69
13 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’56.458 1’49.558 1’51.016 59
14 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’55.914 1’49.608 1’50.040 65
15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’55.510 1’49.896 1’50.868 59
16 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’54.827 1’49.984 1’49.916 41
17 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’55.523 1’50.896 1’49.949 66
18 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’55.160 1’50.191 1’50.067 67
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’56.603 1’51.878 1’53.146 57
20 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’59.034 1’52.150 1’52.340 55
21 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’53.431 1’53.297 40
22 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’53.526 1’53.681 44
23 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’59.783 1’54.725 1’55.367 66
24 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 2’03.424 1’55.542 1’54.826 58
25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’59.275 16
26 Fairuz Fauzy Lotus-Cosworth 2’05.694 11

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13 comments on Vettel top in final Singapore practice

  1. the gap is not that big! It’s caused by the fact that Senna caused a yellow flag and the end of the session. However, I think Seb is going to start from pole – but I think Lewis will be very strong in the race.

    • miguelF1O (@) said on 25th September 2010, 14:07

      anyway Vettel is the favourite, i saw the new mclaren front wing thursday and its very beautiful but is it efficient?anyway under this light or under the sunshine mclaren is an very ugly car .Ferrari is the main threath for both redbull or mclaen cause they have always the second best car on any track but germany and italyy they were the best mcalren is the 3rd best team they have been 3rd fastest every track but canada and redbull are and will be the fastest and mclaren and fia cant ruin that

  2. bosyber said on 25th September 2010, 13:16

    So again Schumacher a second behind Rosberg, almost as bad as Luizzi compared to Sutil. Interesting that Huelkenberg is now seemingly consistently faster than Barrichello, and Petrov ‘only’ half a second behind Kubica – Heidfeld and Kobayashi are very close, I guess there car really is that bad here.

    Glock is impressively .7 faster than Kovalainen (although still over a second away from the Saubers). HRT is still in a class all of its own, way behind. Senna half a second short on Klien, not sure if that is good or bad for him. Does show up Yamamoto again.

    • bosyber said on 25th September 2010, 13:18

      Oh, yeah at the top, Vettel, not such a surprise, but I think they are less far ahead than they might have hoped, especially considering they had help from Senna’s spin as Formel1-GP mentions above.

      Alonso and Hamilton probably able to take fight to Vettel in the race if they don’t get stuck fighting over a safety car or something silly.

  3. Andrewf1 said on 25th September 2010, 13:33

    Hamilton – 1’49.000 that’s a nice rounded time! Not in terms of speed or any relevance to qualifying or the race, just the looks of it lol

  4. I feel a Rebull 1 – 2 in qualifying ! I hope Lewis does well , but I`m very skeptical about Mclaren this weekend.

  5. Is it just me that thinks the mclarens are actually going to do quite well this weekend?

    • I think they’ll be very close time-wise, but all things being equal, if they’re even 1/100th of the pace they’ll be 4th and 6th – and there’s no way they’re as fast as Red Bull or Alonso.

      Of course… circuit like Singapore, damp track, Red Bull’s starts.. etc… all things won’t be equal ;p Aside from Vettel winning (assuming smooth pit-stops and no safety car bad-luck) I think the next 6 places are totally up for grabs, with Rosberg and maybe Kubica contending also.

  6. Looks pretty tight up front. Ferrari might be quick, Red Bull is quick but not miles in front and Hamilton looks to be there as well. If Button gets a good lap out he might be close as well.

    Looks good for qualifying.
    Sauber look to be the ones to drop out at Q1 end, but it migh also be Liuzzi or one of the STR cars again. And Schumacher actually has a fair chance to get into Q3, if this session was anything to judge by.

    I am wondering, weather Renault have kept something back for Qualifying. Kubica was out with his fast time a lot earlier than the guys making the top of the time sheet, so i would not rule him out for a top 5 position as well.

  7. Jenson is comfortably more than a second behind his team mate and that worries me a lot since the two red-cars are far above him. Just hoping he improves in Quali :-(

  8. Mclaren doesnt look too bad thsi weekend. I m not sure why people are saying that Mclaren r going to struggle in Singaporoe. Ham wa on a faster lap when Senna stopped on the track causing a yellow flag.

  9. Inb4 Vettel gets pole and fails to convert it into a win yet again.

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