Red Bull comfortably quickest in second practice

2013 Singapore Grand Prix second practice

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Singapore, 2013Red Bull were emphatically fastest in the second practice session in Singapore.

Sebastian Vettel produced a lap of 1’44.249 on the super-soft tyres putting him more than half a second fastest than team mate Mark Webber and a second quicker than the other runners.

However Webber had been the quickest of the two Red Bulls while they were circulating on the medium compounds. Most drivers found a significant performance gain from the softer tyres in the region of two seconds per lap.

Behind the flying Red Bulls there was little separating the Mercedes drivers from the quickest of the Lotuses. That was Romain Grosjean, who endured another disrupted session.

Grosjean again missed some of the early running due to car problems. Once he joined the track he reported braking problems, then pulled into the pits again with a quarter of an hour to go. Despite the interruptions he managed to post the fifth-quickest time.

Fernando Alonso was sixth for Ferrari with team mate Felipe Massa 1.2 seconds slower in 15th place. His future team mate Kimi Raikkonen was eighth, Jenson Button separating the pair.

One of the Force Indias made it into the top ten thanks to Adrian Sutil, who was two hundredths of a second faster than Sergio Perez’s McLaren.

The only driver to make contact with the wall was Pastor Maldonado, who ran wide at turn 13 and nudged a barrier with his front wing. That forced him into the pits for a replacement.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’44.249 34
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’44.853 0.604 30
3 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’45.258 1.009 34
4 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’45.368 1.119 33
5 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’45.411 1.162 18
6 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’45.691 1.442 32
7 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’45.754 1.505 30
8 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’45.778 1.529 32
9 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’46.002 1.753 27
10 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1’46.025 1.776 31
11 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’46.406 2.157 34
12 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’46.429 2.180 33
13 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’46.606 2.357 33
14 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’46.808 2.559 36
15 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’46.870 2.621 33
16 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’47.287 3.038 29
17 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’47.434 3.185 33
18 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’47.761 3.512 25
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’49.434 5.185 34
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’49.526 5.277 34
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’49.619 5.370 33
22 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’49.731 5.482 30

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62 comments on Red Bull comfortably quickest in second practice

  1. It’s damage limitation weekend for RB :)

  2. petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 20th September 2013, 16:10

    Yippee! How many seconds clear do you think Vettel will be by the start of lap 2? I’m going for 1.3s

  3. Garns (@) said on 20th September 2013, 16:14

    We have seen a few times this year that Mercedes lead FP1, RBR FP2 then its a battle for pole- hopefully the same tomorrow night!! Mark needs one in his final year!!

    What is happening with Jules of late?? It seems to me his is off the great fine form he saw in his first few races now not looking as strong against Max. Any thoughts??

    • @garns dare I say it, I think Chilton has caught up. Bianchi of course could just be on a different programme to Chilton and I’d still expect him to out-qualify and out-race Max but I think it’s more due to the fact Chilton has legitimately caught up.

      On mentioning Marussia though, I really hope Caterham get a 13th place (if that’s what they need) so they can overtake Marussia. Yet again they’ve been the better team as the season has progressed.

      • @vettel1 BTW, remember to make the predictions. Game is on ! Whoever gets the lowest score wins, but be fair and put real predictions !

        tho with my luck, a Marussia will probably win. :P

      • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 20th September 2013, 16:43

        @vettel1 – I agree with Chilton catching up. Bianchi had much more experience than Chilton before the season and Marussia were comfortably faster than Caterham. Now that Chilton has caught up (thanks in part to Bianchi missing most FP1 sessions) and Caterham overtaking Marussia, Bianchi doesn’t look as good.

        I still think he’s a very good driver who deserves a better spot than the worst team’s 2nd driver.

        • Julien (@jlracing) said on 20th September 2013, 17:35

          Well it’s very easy. Bianchi has driven on the limit of the car since the beginning of the season. And now finally Chilton has also found that limit, but it took him much longer than Bianchi to drive on the limit of the car’s possibilities.

      • Singapore could be decisive for Caterham or Marussia if it’s a race of attrition. Remember Glock getting 12th place last year?

      • rambler said on 20th September 2013, 17:10

        Caught up? Still haven’t out-qualified or outraced him or even been close to.. Wouldn’t call that catching up.

      • @garns @vettel1 agree with everything Max says, also remember that Chilton raced here last year in GP2, winning the feature race, whereas Bianchi has not (as far as I know) raced this circuit before.

    • David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 20th September 2013, 17:05

      No matter how good a driver is, they’re bound to lose the upper hand at least a few times… I mean even the then erratic and crash-prone Petrov outqualified star driver Kubica on merit twice in 2010.

  4. Looks like a Mercedes 1 2 :)

  5. Will their gearboxes hold up though? I think that will be a key question for this weekend.

  6. Please, please don’t give us another boring weekend where Vettel has a 1.5 second lead by the end of lap 2 and we already know the outcome of the race.

  7. Over a second between Alonso and Massa? It looks like Massa’s recent comments abut racing for himself rubbed Ferrari the wrong way.

  8. Lewis might storm into pole position, but before turn 4 Vettel will continue where he left at Monza. Not a single bit of doubt about it !

  9. Mercs sandbagging!!

  10. WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 20th September 2013, 16:59

    I love F1. I love the cars. I love the tracks. I love the spectacles. I even love Ted Kravtiz. Even I though, an F1 veteran of many decades of devoted watching, turned off that session mid way through. 6/10ths. There really is nothing more to be said.

    I have to say, with the rest of season set to be “The Red Bull Roadshow – Featuring Sebastian Vettel” and with the championship even more so in that vane, F1 feels to me to be a rather unwell sport. The problem hinges on that final word: sport. The Singapore Grand Prix was not intended just to make a nice wallpaper on a PC, it is fundamentally a spectacle hinged around competition. And yet there is no competition in F1 at the moment; no rivals for Vettel and Red Bull. Now for you or I, that isn’t really a problem, because us hardcore F1 fans are perfectly entertained by the intricacies of strategy up and down the field, and will try and get ourselves excited by saying things like, “Chilton is closer to his teammate than he has been all season.” However, unfortunately we F1 Fanatics don’t make up the majority of F1′s viewership, so whilst we can be perfectly content watching Button doing a short first stint two stop strategy, Johnny-Casual-F1-Viewer and his blatantly uninterested Mum sat on a sofa somewhere in Leeds, has got his thumb hovering over the button that’ll change the channel to Come Dine With Me. If Vettel rocks up in Australia next year and wins the race from pole, then I’m afraid the effects will be fatal among casual F1 watchers, and whilst we’ll all be watching still as eager as ever, a sharp fall in viewing figures would be a bad thing for F1 no matter how you cut it.

    Red Bull really are on another planet, but makes their planet such an altar of speed? Surely it’s not just Newey and Vettel, I mean the other 500+ people don’t just turn up to assemble the garage, make sure Vettel has the AAA batteries for his rather nice Bose headphones and make sure the other bloke has a half decent setup, do they? But that’s also not the case either at Ferrari, Mercedes, Lotus and McLaren, all of which are teams that are laden to bursting with championship winning engineers, drivers and designers, just like Red Bull. And yet they are clearly in another league. So what is Red Bull’s USP? What is their secret?

  11. liam (@) said on 20th September 2013, 17:16

    Snoozefest

  12. Garns (@) said on 20th September 2013, 17:25

    @Max Jacobson

    I think you may be right Max! A few months ago (or not even) Jules could go right to the top, and now no!!? Ok he was not at The Horse JUST yet. Neither is The Hulk- and I hoped he would be but love the new line up at Ferrari………… but I digress.

    But really who do Ferrari want long term- Nico- Jules- others?? We dont know and they wont know either.

    I was at the Paddock Club entrance in Japan in 2012 (for REAL F1 fans Suzuka ia a great place to see drivers if you can get Paddock Club) and most drivers are chatty- not many people and they are comfortable.

    Max went through (and I think he was still a 3rd driver then) and I heard a comment “only hear because Father is rich”.
    No good! Senna’s Dad is more loaded than all of us togther (except Keith :) but that did not mean his son was not a champion did it………………………………….. I guess the cash didnt hurt LOL

  13. sato113 (@sato113) said on 20th September 2013, 18:38

    Here’s what will happen:
    Mercs dont find qualy sweet spot, vettel pole from webber in 2nd.
    At start webber has a good start and is on inside of vettel into turn 1 but as usual backs out of it to be safe. Webber falls to 4th as alonso and hamilton capitalise on his poor opening first sector.
    Alonso takes 2nd from hamiltonafter 1st stop

  14. Oooh damn… Another boring Vettel-RBR crushing and dominating victory, in a circuit where overtaking is not that abundant…skip watching this snoozefest!

  15. goondu86 (@goondu86) said on 20th September 2013, 18:53

    So, i just got back home from the track. Was seated at turn 1 today as i bought the combination package, tomorrow will be on the Padang straight.

    What i saw:

    - The Red Bulls are 1 level above the other cars. The way they tackle turn 1-3 is ridiculous, the ease of control AND the speed it does is incredible.
    - Likewise, you can tell the difference with the Marussia and Caterham, they just don’t have the speed
    - It’s quite fun observing the different styles between all of the drivers. Example, they can choose to enter turn 1 slower, but blast out from turn 3 after maintaining speed from turn 2. Or, banzai into turn 1, ride the kerb at turn 2, but exit from turn 3 may be affected.
    - Toro Rosso seems to be running on a much lower ride height compared to the other teams, they can constantly generate sparks on the curve from turn 2-3.
    - Most drivers will miss the braking point at turn 1, perhaps finding the limits for themselves?

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