Practice Two - Vettel puts Red Bull in the clear in Singapore 25 Sep 2009
Sebastian Vettel pushed to the head of the timesheets in the second practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix on Friday evening, as Red Bull team mate Mark Webber set the initial pace before crashing.
The Australian lapped his RB5 in 1m 49.317s to Vettel's 1m 49.621s, but then spun in the final corner and damaged the right-hand side of his car against the wall, bringing out the red flag for the second time in the day. When the session resumed Vettel soon pushed ahead, with 1m 48.650s.
Fernando Alonso improved to 1m 48.924s for Renault right at the end of the hour and a half, pushing Heikki Kovalainen down to third, the Finn having lapped his McLaren in 1m 48.952s.
Nick Heidfeld, who had earlier on been quickest for BMW Sauber, was fourth on 1m 49.098s. The German had a gearbox change in the earlier session, but it remains to be seen whether he will incur a grid penalty.
Jenson Button was fifth for Brawn on 1m 49.311s, with Webber sixth on the strength of his 1m 49.317s. Yet again the times in the midfield were very tight; Nico Rosberg was seventh for Williams on 1m 49.333s, just ahead of Timo Glock who took his Toyota round in 1m 49.342s and Lewis Hamilton, who did 1m 49.358s in the second McLaren. Then came BMw Sauber's Robert Kubica (1m 49.609s), Brawn GP's Rubens Barrichello (1m 49.616s), Force ndia's Adrian Sutil (1m 49.710s), Toyota's Jarno Trulli (1m 49.795s) and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen (1m 49.941s), rounded out those below 1m 50s.
Kazuki Nakajima was 15th in the second Williams on 1m 50.023s, ahead of Ferrari's Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 50.253s), Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi (1m 50.527s), Force ndia's Tonio Liuzzi (1m 50.605s) and Renault's Romain Grosjean (1m 50.972s). Jaime Alguersuari brought up the tail of the field for Toro Rosso on 1m 51.423s.
The track was very slippery, and the bumps notably upset several cars. But besides Webber, Sutil was the only spinner, in Turn Seven.