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Practice Two - Vettel streets ahead in Singapore 24 Sep 2010

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Practice Day, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Friday, 24 September 2010 Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Practice Day, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Friday, 24 September 2010 Sutil takes to the air off one of the kerbs at the Singapore Sling Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber C29.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Practice Day, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Friday, 24 September 2010

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber delivered a humbling performance to their rivals in Friday evening’s second practice session at the Marina Bay track in Singapore. In a session which was faster initially than the previous one as the newly-resurfaced part of the track became grippier, but seemed to reach a peak after about an hour, the German lapped his RB6 in 1m 46.660s, fully 0.627s quicker than Webber’s 1m 47.287s.

There was then a big gap to Jenson Button’s third fastest McLaren, which the 2009 world champion took round in 1m 47.690s. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was on target to improve on that, but ran down the Turn 18 escape road after getting loose exiting Turn 17, and may have stalled after reversing back on track.

The Spaniard did not get going again, and thus placed fourth with 1m 47.718s. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton was fifth on 1m 47.818s, completing the runners below 1m 48s. Rubens Barrichello took sixth for Williams with 1m 48.302s, and as usual the times were then very close all the way down to Force India’s Adrian Sutil in 16th place.

Felipe Massa was seventh in his Ferrari on 1m 48.341s, followed by Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg on 1m 48.679s, Renault’s Robert Kubica on 1m 48.855s, Mercedes GP’s Michael Schumacher on 1m 48.889s, Williams’ Nico Hulkenberg - who will drop five grid places due to a gearbox-change penalty - on 1m 49.153s, Kamui Kobayashi and Nick Heidfeld in the BMW Saubers on 1m 49.438s and 1m 49.558s, Renault’s Vitaly Petrov on 1m 49.608s and then Force India team mates Vitantonio Liuzzi and Sutil on 1m 49.896s and 1m 49.984s.

Besides Alonso, Sutil provided the only real drama of the session when, having set his time, he got the chicane wrong quite early on, vaulting over the first kerb and landing so heavily astride the second that he broke his Force India’s left front suspension and was through for the rest of the session.

Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi were 17th and 18th in the Toro Rossos, on 1m 50.191s and 1m 50.896s, while Heikki Kovalainen gave Lotus a clear advantage among the new teams with 1m 51.878s. Timo Glock led Virgin team mate Lucas di Grassi (back in the car after Jerome d’Ambrosio’s morning run), with 1m 52.150s to 1m 53.431s.

Jarno Trulli was 22nd in the Lotus he took over from Fairuz Fauzy, lapping it in 1m 53.526s, then Bruno Senna led HRT team mate Christian Klien with 1m 54.725s to 1m 55.542s.

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