Paul di Resta, Force India, Marina Bay, 2012

Vettel leads Hamilton in damp session at Singapore

2012 Singapore Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Paul di Resta, Force India, Marina Bay, 2012Sebastian Vettel headed the times after a damp first practice session at Singapore.

He took the fastest time off Lewis Hamilton late in the session with a lap of 1’50.566, 0.049s faster than the McLaren driver could manage.

Practice began on a damp track with some water off-line and even a few leaves, following heavy rain earlier in the day. Drivers made a tentative start to the session, with many using intermediate tyres for their first runs.

Kamui Kobayashi was the first driver to tackle the circuit using slicks and reeled off a string of fastest laps. This signalled the beginning of the real action, and the others followed him in using the soft tyres.

The times quickly tumbled, with Rosberg taking over at the top and Hamilton doing so as well, before Vettel sealed the best time of the session.

Jenson Button made a late improvement to take third place ahead of Fernando Alonso.

Pastor Maldonado was fifth, the Williams driver one of several to explore Singapore’s run-off areas during the session. Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean were also among those to go off, though all did so without damage.

HRT’s test driver Ma Qing Hua made his second appearance in an F1 session and was slowest, 1.4s off team mate Pedro de la Rosa.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’50.566 24
2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’50.615 0.049 15
3 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’51.459 0.893 17
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’51.525 0.959 20
5 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’51.576 1.010 20
6 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’51.655 1.089 19
7 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’51.658 1.092 24
8 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’51.943 1.377 21
9 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’52.275 1.709 24
10 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’52.296 1.730 19
11 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’52.629 2.063 25
12 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’52.716 2.150 16
13 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’52.839 2.273 23
14 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’52.986 2.420 21
15 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’53.028 2.462 20
16 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’53.080 2.514 17
17 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’53.189 2.623 25
18 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’53.227 2.661 26
19 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’54.908 4.342 20
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’55.091 4.525 16
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’55.335 4.769 22
22 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’55.760 5.194 22
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’56.656 6.090 21
24 23 Ma Qing Hua HRT-Cosworth 1’58.053 7.487 20

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