Vettel completes Singapore practice hat-trick

2012 Singapore Grand Prix third practice

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Marina Bay, 2012Sebastian Vettel was quickest again in the final practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix.

He set a best time of 1’47.947 ten minutes before the end of the session, which none of his rivals were able to beat.

Lewis Hamilton came closest, falling short by a third of a second. Fernando Alonso was third-quickest, another three-tenths of a second behind.

There were five different cars in the top five with Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India followed by Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus.

The session came to an early end after Vitaly Petrov crashed at turn 21, breaking the right-rear suspension on his Caterham and spinning to a halt at the pit lane entrance. That brought out the red flags.

Two other drivers had already made less serious contract with the barriers. Sergio Perez glanced the wall at turn 18 and Mark Webber did the same later on, limping back into the pits with a puncture.

However Timo Glock impressively kept his car out of the barriers despite the throttle sticking open.

Felipe Massa was sixth-fastest after a lap which he said had been full of mistakes. Paul di Resta complained of a loss of grip in his Force India and was seventh.

Nico Rosberg, Bruno Senna and Michael Schumacher completed the top ten, though the late red flag meant not everyone had done flying laps on the super-soft tyres.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’47.947 15
2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’48.272 0.325 15
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’48.623 0.676 11
4 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’48.859 0.912 16
5 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’48.865 0.918 17
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’49.458 1.511 13
7 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’49.684 1.737 15
8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’49.699 1.752 16
9 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’49.715 1.768 14
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’49.981 2.034 14
11 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’50.110 2.163 12
12 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’50.524 2.577 10
13 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’50.664 2.717 16
14 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’50.777 2.830 15
15 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’50.840 2.893 15
16 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’51.012 3.065 15
17 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’51.059 3.112 17
18 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’51.272 3.325 10
19 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’52.290 4.343 16
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’53.781 5.834 12
21 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’54.326 6.379 14
22 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’54.421 6.474 14
23 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’54.630 6.683 9
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’54.875 6.928 14

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’50.566 1’48.340 1’47.947 -0.393 66
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’50.615 1’49.086 1’48.272 -0.814 58
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’51.525 1’48.896 1’48.623 -0.273 57
4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’51.459 1’48.651 1’50.524 +1.873 51
5 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’51.658 1’49.339 1’48.859 -0.48 72
6 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’52.716 1’50.345 1’48.865 -1.48 57
7 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’51.655 1’48.964 1’50.110 +1.146 57
8 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’51.943 1’49.300 1’49.684 +0.384 66
9 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’53.080 1’50.039 1’49.458 -0.581 58
10 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’53.227 1’49.790 1’49.699 -0.091 74
11 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’52.629 1’51.452 1’49.715 -1.737 50
12 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’52.986 1’50.263 1’49.981 -0.282 58
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’53.028 1’50.161 1’50.840 +0.679 59
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’51.576 1’50.636 1’51.012 +0.376 67
15 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’52.275 1’50.791 1’50.664 -0.127 66
16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’52.839 1’51.450 1’50.777 -0.673 59
17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’53.189 1’52.009 1’51.059 -0.95 73
18 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’52.296 1’51.122 1’51.272 +0.15 57
19 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’54.908 1’52.218 1’54.630 +2.412 58
20 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’55.335 1’52.863 1’52.290 -0.573 65
21 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’55.091 1’52.576 1’54.326 +1.75 57
22 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’55.760 1’52.936 1’53.781 +0.845 60
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’54.514 1’54.421 -0.093 44
24 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’56.656 1’54.448 1’54.875 +0.427 61
25 Ma Qing Hua HRT-Cosworth 1’58.053 20

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12 comments on Vettel completes Singapore practice hat-trick

  1. Looks like it’ll be a Red Bull win from pole!

  2. photofinish said on 22nd September 2012, 12:11

    Red bull appears like glued on the track

  3. Nico Hulkenberg got a good lap in also (albeit some of the guys behind didn’t get their flying laps in) but Force India may be able to reclaim some of the deficit to Sauber in the constructors.

  4. Mustalainen (@mustalainen) said on 22nd September 2012, 12:20

    Can’t believe that Webber’s suspension didn’t sustain any damage after that

  5. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 22nd September 2012, 12:24

    What was the episode with Vettel and the photographers?

    I’ve heard various conflicting reports, but if some of them are even half true, then he’ll be summoned to the stewards for sure.

  6. Eddie (@wackyracer) said on 22nd September 2012, 12:25

    Hamilton made few mistakes thru that lap so there’s not a promess that RedBull will win the pole

  7. Pedro Costa (@pnunocosta) said on 22nd September 2012, 12:26

    Vettel and Hamilton by this order will claim front row on qualifying, and then Webber, Button and Alonso will fight for the remaining top 5 places, though there could be some surprises, with the top teams trying to save super soft tyres on Q1 which are 1,5 s slower than the softs which might prove to be very dangerous (RB will definitely only use the softs in Q1, because they can count on STR to help them).

  8. Hrm. So Lotus found about a second and a half overnight, apparently by going back to Hungary spec. Shame RBR and McLaren found about half a second as well :D

  9. Looks like vettel has got his car hooked to the floor all the way through. Lewis might be able to challenge him for pole. Whilst all this is going on, Alonso will be happy collecting decent points till the end of the season and claim the title. He definitely needs a bad race or two to shake him up.
    Let the green light for qualifying roll!

  10. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 22nd September 2012, 13:30

    Nice spin from Petrov in the session. It seemed to escalate from nothing (though obviously it didn’t). It was just funny!

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