Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Singapore, 2011

Hamilton on top as faulty kerbs disrupt practice

2011 Singapore GP first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Singapore, 2011
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Singapore, 2011

Lewis Hamilton headed the times at the end of first practice in Singapore.

However the session was suspended twice due to problems with the kerbs at Singapore.

The start of the session was delayed by half an hour as kerbs were repaired at the exit of several corners. Practice finally began and was run for one hour instead of the scheduled 90 minutes.

The lap times were initially very slow on the dusty track as the session began. Felipe Massa led the running early on ahead of Mark Webber.

But Webber hit trouble when he caught Timo Glock’s Virgin. He moved to pass at the final corner but Glock stuck to his line.

The result was a smashed front wing for Webber and a left-rear puncture – and early end to the session – for Glock.

Moments later Heikki Kovalainen had a spot of deja vu as part of his Lotus caught fire – as it had at the end of last year’s race.

This time it was his front-left brake which caught alight. The session was stopped as his car was recovered.

After the restart Vettel and Hamilton traded fastest times but the red flag was out again with less than ten minutes remaining.

Again the cause was a loose kerb with a bolt sticking out of it. Massa had hit the kerb earlier and run wide.

Both Ferraris and Red Bulls came out for a final run after the restart, but of the McLarens only Jenson Button returned to the track as Hamilton’s tyres weren’t ready. However his earlier time remained the fastest of the session.

Vettel and Webber were second and third ahead of Fernando Alonso and Button.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’48.599 10
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’49.005 0.406 15
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-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 Toro Rosso-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 Toro Rosso-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

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