Hamilton on top as times tumble in Singapore

2013 Singapore Grand Prix first practice

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Singapore, 2013Lewis Hamilton was quickest in the first practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver’s best lap of 1’47.055 was three-and-a-half seconds faster than the quickest time from the same session last year. The alterations to turn ten, plus resurfacing at several points on the track, appear to have contributed to the fall in lap times.

An uneventful session ended with Hamilton followed by the two Red Bull drivers and the second Mercedes of team mate Nico Rosberg.

A steering fault was diagnosed on Romain Grosjean’s car during his installation lap and he spent over an hour in the pits having it repaired. Once he returned to the track he lapped just a thousandth of a second off team mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Fernando Alonso was the fastest Ferrari in seventh with team mate Felipe Massa outside the top ten.

Eighth-placed Sergio Perez was over two seconds off Hamilton’s time, with Jean-Eric Vergne ninth for Toro Rosso. Esteban Gutierrez put his Sauber in tenth place despite struggling with rear tyre degradation in the last sector.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’47.055 20
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’47.420 0.365 20
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’47.885 0.830 19
4 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’48.239 1.184 23
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’48.354 1.299 18
6 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’48.355 1.300 12
7 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’48.362 1.307 21
8 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’49.267 2.212 20
9 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’49.348 2.293 23
10 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’49.355 2.300 21
11 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’49.481 2.426 20
12 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’49.493 2.438 16
13 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’49.510 2.455 21
14 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’49.608 2.553 20
15 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’49.887 2.832 18
16 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’50.092 3.037 20
17 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’50.222 3.167 17
18 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’50.757 3.702 16
19 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’52.359 5.304 16
20 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’52.673 5.618 15
21 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’52.920 5.865 24
22 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’53.647 6.592 23

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18 comments on Hamilton on top as times tumble in Singapore

  1. So we’ll not even have to worry about the race surpassing the 2 hours limit…

    With that goes all the drama this race usually offers, unless people crash on purpose…

  2. I hope for a Hamilton win, and I also hope that webber stays ahead of vettel. It would be nice if Rosberg could get a bit closer to hamilton and get ahead of the bulls. He seems to be losing ground to hamilton, especially with te seasion progressing

  3. Matt (@matt80hot) said on 20th September 2013, 12:44

    Now who’d do that !?? :-)

  4. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 20th September 2013, 12:54

    Did Hulkenberg have problems? Surprised to see him so far behind Gutierrez. 17 laps, so not an extremely low total.

  5. I bet that’s why Ferrari is down; they thought it’d only be a second faster. ;)

  6. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 20th September 2013, 13:18

    Is there a video of his lap? I want to see the new n°10 corner ^^

  7. Finally hammy with a Merc cap on..!! :D

  8. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 20th September 2013, 13:32

    Garry Anderson reckons Ferrari was trying out their new front wing and with proper adjustments they will step up to the pace in FP2. Well I certainly do hop so because that car looked verry unstable in FP1.

    Seeing as Ferrari and Lotus have proven to have a car that can be easy on the tyres when it nees to be, perhaps they could well be doing very well on this abbrasive surface. Then again RB en Mercedes didn’t look so bad on tyres as well…

    Corner 10 is way better then I expected, we will forget that damn sling in no time. If anyone doubted that corner would become easy now, I just saw someone crash there in GP2 (Mitch Evans)

  9. Not a lot of surprises … Mercedes showing their single lap quali pace. Lotus showing some decent race pace. Ferrari struggling to get things right… and Red Bull with the strongest race pace, and quali pace to fight with Mercedes on Saturday.

    I think I’m ready to make my prediction for the week already…

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