Practice One - Barrichello and Brawn light up Singapore 25 Sep 2009
Brawn GP's Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button got their Singapore Grand Prix campaigns off to a great start by setting the fastest times in Friday evening's first practice session. Button set the pace for most of the hour and a half, but it was Barrichello who ended up the quicker with a lap of 1m 50.179s. Button improved to 1m 50.356s right at the end.
Adding spice to the proceedings, however, Mark Webber was fast throughout and took third slot with 1m 50.416s for Red Bull, with mileage-restricted team mate Sebastian Vettel fifth on 1m 50.614s. Last year's winner, Fernando Alonso, was fourth for the beleaguered Renault team, with 1m 50.567s.
There was another moment of unwanted embarrassment for the French manufacturer when their rookie Romain Grosjean caused a red flag period by spinning and nosing into the wall at Turn 17, partway through the session. It may have been the same place as Nelson Piquet's crash during last years race, but this time it was a genuine driving error.
Heikki Kovalainen was McLaren's lead runner with 1m 50.699s, with team mate Lewis Hamilton in his wheeltracks on 1m 50.715s. Then came Robert Kubica in the improving BMW Sauber on 1m 50.815s and Kimi Raikkonen on 1m 50.865s for Ferrari.
Kazuki Nakajima rounded out the top 10 with 1m 51.089s ahead of his Williams partner Nico Rosberg on 1m 51.427s, with Adrian Sutil 12th for Force India on 1m 51.544s ahead of early pacesetter Sebastien Buemi on 1m 51.643s for Toro Rosso, Nick Heidfeld on 1m 51.656s in the second BMW Sauber, and the Toyotas of Timo Glock and Jarno Trulli on 1m 52.083s and 1m 52.135s respectively.
Giancarlo Fisichella took 17th in the second Ferrari on 1m 52.390s, ahead of Force India's Vitantonio Liuzzi on 1m 52.905s, Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari on 1m 53.232s and Grosjean on 1m 53.458s.
It was a relatively uneventful session apart from Grosjean's misdemeanour; Kovalainen spun in Turn 3, while Sutil and Heidfeld also had minor offs.