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. ken (@kenke) said on 20th September 2013, 19:16

    That moment when u you admit that 2013 will be exactly like 2011,Vettel runs away and the rest collect points from each other

  2. TMF (@tmf42) said on 20th September 2013, 19:18

    Seems track changed/evolved quite a bit – would also explain the gaps. in the pecking order the only thing that seems clear is – RBR and Merc on top and Lotus / Ferrari going for the left-overs.

  3. Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 20th September 2013, 19:27

    Alonso – Massa time difference in both FPs makes me wonder.
    Is Ferrari really sabotaging Massa because of what he said ?!?! Is Massa trying to sabotage Ferrari/Alonso by keeping the car out of points ?!?!

  4. Dafffid (@dafffid) said on 20th September 2013, 19:29

    Occasional heroic moments from Lewis aside, this is turning into such a dull season I’m thinking we should bring Piquet back to throw it in the wall and ‘improve the show’.

  5. juergen (@juergen) said on 20th September 2013, 20:18

    I will lay down and watch it without the extra realtime data and extras, and let the nature of the race put me to sleep… or not

  6. David-jkfhd said on 20th September 2013, 20:46

    @juergen haha great comment, but i think we could have some surprise in the race, right in the middle, just when everyone starting to sleep… and have a great fight for the win in the last stint.

  7. Michael Brown (@) said on 20th September 2013, 20:46

    Are there any onboards available? I’d like to see how the lap is with the new turn 10.

  8. People need to get a grip. While it’s nice for us fans if the WDC goes down to the final race, that’s never a sure thing in F1 and there’s no way it can be made a sure thing. This is a not a feature of the current era, it’s been the reality of F1 throughout its history. Fans who do not or cannot accept the nature of F1 should ask themselves why they follow it in the first place.

    As for the particular driver and team who are winning a lot, I’d like to see tougher competition myself. But I apply my criticism to those who deserve it – to the drivers not named Vettel and the teams not named Red Bull. They are the ones who are at fault here for failing to be competitive enough, not Red Bull and Vettel for being “too good”.

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