Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Singapore, 2013

Red Bull streets ahead in Singapore

2013 Singapore Grand Prix Friday practice analysisPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Singapore, 2013Red Bull were the team to beat at Singapore on Friday: the RB9 was a second quicker around the Marina Bay circuit than any other car – in Sebastian Vettel’s hands at least.

It fits the recent pattern of Red Bull being substantially quicker than their rivals during Friday practice, but not as far ahead on Saturday. Still it’s hard to see even the likes of Mercedes finding the second they need to catch their rivals within the next 24 hours.

Lewis Hamilton topped the times for Mercedes in the first practice session but was less happy with his W04 later in the evening. “The balance of the car felt really good in first practice but it definitely went away from us in second practice,” he said.

The early signs haven’t been encouraging for Ferrari, who hoped to be closer to Red Bull’s pace on F1’s return to a higher downforce track. But Fernando Alonso found himself behind both Mercees and a Lotus while Felipe Massa languished in 15th.

“We decided to go in another direction to try and find a set-up with which I was more comfortable on this track,” explained Massa. “Unfortunately this did not produce the results we were expecting.”

Vettel’s fastest lap in second practice was over four seconds faster than he managed in the same session last year. Mercedes estimate less than half of that – 1.5 seconds – has come from the changes to turn ten, which is now a left-hand turn instead of a chicane.

The rest of the time gain is likely to come from the resurfacing work done at the track. Turns one to three, the exit of turn five, turns eight to nine, part of turn ten, the entry to turn 14 and part of the pit straight have all been repaved.

The teams also discovered a significant gap in performance between Pirelli’s medium compound tyre and the super-soft. The tyre manufacture estimated the super-softs were worth two seconds per lap, but some drivers found even more than that.

“It?s strange how much of a difference there seems to be between the tyres,” said Jenson Button. “I found about three seconds from my [medium] run to my [super-soft] run.”

“On the long runs at the end of second practice, the [super-soft] tyre felt good; but, as soon as we put the [medium] tyre on, there was lower grip and we struggled to get good balance.”

Here’s all the data from practice for the Singapore Grand Prix:

Longest stint comparison

This chart shows all the drivers’ lap times (in seconds) during their longest unbroken stint:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2013drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Sebastian Vettel 111.106 113.671 110.952 111.06 111.271 113.001 123.271 111.336 113.632 111.872 112.385 111.604 111.795 112.795
Mark Webber 111.504 110.934 130.298 110.938 111.152 111.452 112.853 117.606 110.907 111.101 111.465 112.887 111.496 111.626
Fernando Alonso 113.092 116.559 112.435 112.558 117.155 112.633 112.924 114.998 113.016 113.766 114.088 113.733 114.039 113.733 114.437
Felipe Massa 116.804 112.473 128.368 113.418 112.836 119.146 112.616 113.404 119.134 113.382 113.572
Jenson Button 113.113 112.717 112.325 115.058 112.759 117.844 112.674
Sergio Perez 111.85 112.565 112.623 112.96 118.277 112.681 112.394 112.785 112.906
Kimi Raikkonen 111.125 111.527 111.515 112.339 112.48 112.593 119.329 114.608 112.454 113.018 113.706
Romain Grosjean 105.411 119.455 105.681 122.278 105.903
Nico Rosberg 116.077 113.427 113.31 112.953 119.128 113.194 113.655 113.843 119.899 113.615
Lewis Hamilton 114.571 114.354 107.166 118.788 106.577 131.011 115.497
Nico Hulkenberg 114.024 114.567 114.479 114.958 115.204 114.1 114.425 114.682 114.575 115.286 115.164
Esteban Gutierrez 112.654 115.113 113.831 113.03 114.117 112.419 113.747 113.577 114.514 114.017 114.429
Paul di Resta 113.199 113.356 114.364 113.013 120.431 118.428 112.728 112.792 112.607
Adrian Sutil 111.502 112.621 112.36 112.931 113.517 114.355 112.926
Pastor Maldonado 115.099 113.803 113.555 113.974 113.758 114.081
Valtteri Bottas 117.381 114.423 115.316 114.125 114.445 115.226 114.872 115.137 115.781
Jean-Eric Vergne 113.674 113.039 113.95 114.938 113.714 114.613 114.022 113.486 112.923 115.397 113.821
Daniel Ricciardo 114.883 113.74 114.286 114.202 114.364 114.32 114.412 116.038 114.267 114.63 115.384 114.79 114.764 115.229
Charles Pic 117.421 118.529 116.913 116.408 116.614 116.973 116.714 119.964 119.441 116.38 120.838 116.126 119.743 115.884 116.761 116.636 116.976
Giedo van der Garde 116.939 116.289 116.946 116.858 117.538 116.648 116.615 116.758 119.639 116.925 117.107 118.167 117.415 117.756 116.971 118.022 117.344
Jules Bianchi 116.032 116.798 115.012 115.221 122.034 115.07 114.881 115.475 115.443
Max Chilton 116.823 116.978 116.817 116.6 117.213 117.236 118.18 120.002 119.386 118.88 117.921 118.6 122.283

Sector times and ultimate lap times

Pos No. Driver Car S1 S2 S3 Ultimate Gap Deficit to best
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 28.317 (1) 39.889 (1) 36.043 (1) 1’44.249 0.000
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 28.350 (3) 40.123 (2) 36.380 (3) 1’44.853 0.604 0.000
3 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 28.343 (2) 40.482 (7) 36.420 (4) 1’45.245 0.996 0.123
4 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 28.413 (4) 40.466 (6) 36.379 (2) 1’45.258 1.009 0.000
5 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 28.500 (6) 40.274 (3) 36.527 (5) 1’45.301 1.052 0.110
6 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 28.474 (5) 40.377 (4) 36.840 (10) 1’45.691 1.442 0.000
7 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 28.516 (7) 40.500 (8) 36.738 (7) 1’45.754 1.505 0.000
8 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 28.542 (8) 40.460 (5) 36.755 (8) 1’45.757 1.508 0.021
9 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 28.630 (11) 40.661 (11) 36.711 (6) 1’46.002 1.753 0.000
10 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 28.670 (12) 40.558 (9) 36.797 (9) 1’46.025 1.776 0.000
11 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 28.766 (13) 40.625 (10) 36.943 (12) 1’46.334 2.085 0.072
12 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 28.775 (14) 40.754 (12) 36.900 (11) 1’46.429 2.180 0.000
13 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 28.605 (10) 40.965 (15) 37.036 (14) 1’46.606 2.357 0.000
14 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 28.568 (9) 41.108 (17) 37.078 (15) 1’46.754 2.505 0.116
15 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 28.863 (15) 40.909 (13) 36.996 (13) 1’46.768 2.519 0.040
16 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 28.982 (16) 41.092 (16) 37.213 (17) 1’47.287 3.038 0.000
17 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 29.022 (17) 40.947 (14) 37.465 (18) 1’47.434 3.185 0.000
18 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 29.211 (18) 41.311 (18) 37.163 (16) 1’47.685 3.436 0.076
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 29.602 (22) 41.785 (20) 38.047 (19) 1’49.434 5.185 0.000
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 29.489 (19) 41.777 (19) 38.230 (22) 1’49.496 5.247 0.235
21 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 29.521 (20) 41.895 (21) 38.110 (20) 1’49.526 5.277 0.000
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 29.531 (21) 41.903 (22) 38.185 (21) 1’49.619 5.370 0.000

Complete practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’47.885 1’44.249 53
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’47.420 1’44.853 50
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’48.239 1’45.258 57
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’47.055 1’45.368 53
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’48.355 1’45.411 30
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’48.362 1’45.691 53
7 Jenson Button McLaren 1’49.608 1’45.754 50
8 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’48.354 1’45.778 50
9 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’50.092 1’46.002 47
10 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’49.267 1’46.025 51
11 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’50.757 1’46.406 50
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’49.348 1’46.429 56
13 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’49.887 1’46.606 51
14 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’50.222 1’46.808 53
15 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’49.493 1’46.870 49
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’49.355 1’47.287 50
17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’49.510 1’47.434 54
18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’49.481 1’47.761 45
19 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’52.920 1’49.434 58
20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’53.647 1’49.526 57
21 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’52.673 1’49.619 48
22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’52.359 1’49.731 46

Speed trap

# Driver Car Engine Max speed (kph) Gap
1 15 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 290.2
2 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 289.8 0.4
3 14 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 289.3 0.9
4 6 Sergio Perez McLaren Mercedes 289.3 0.9
5 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 289 1.2
6 5 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 288.7 1.5
7 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 288.6 1.6
8 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams Renault 288.4 1.8
9 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 287.9 2.3
10 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 287.8 2.4
11 20 Charles Pic Caterham Renault 287.7 2.5
12 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 287.3 2.9
13 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Ferrari 287.1 3.1
14 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso Ferrari 286.4 3.8
15 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia Cosworth 286 4.2
16 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams Renault 285.7 4.5
17 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Renault 285 5.2
18 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari 284.2 6
19 23 Max Chilton Marussia Cosworth 283.8 6.4
20 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber Ferrari 283.7 6.5
21 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus Renault 282.8 7.4
22 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 282.5 7.7

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