Practice Two - Vettel dominates day one in Singapore 21 Sep 2012
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel once again topped the timesheets as Practice Two brought Formula One activity to an end at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on Friday evening. The reigning world champion ended the hour and a half session 0.311s clear of McLaren's Jenson Button, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red Bull's Mark Webber on their tails.
Vettel lapped his Red Bull in 1m 48.340s, with Button getting closest with 1m 48.651s to Alonso's 1m 48.896s and Webber's 1m 48.964s. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton looked to be Vettel's nearest challenger for a long time, but after getting down to 1m 49.086s, which at the time undercut Ferrari's Felipe Massa by a second for fastest time, the Briton focused on long-distance runs.
His rivals then went faster, until a red flag to recover Bruno Senna's Williams after he had hit a wall and half spun. After that everyone went the long-run route and there were no further significant improvements.
Paul di Resta did an excellent job to pip Force India team mate Nico Hulkenberg for sixth, with 1m 49.300s to 1m 49.339s, while things picked up for Mercedes as Nico Rosberg took eighth with 1m 49.790s. Massa's once-fastest time of 1m 50.039s held up for ninth as Romain Grosjean's 1m 50.161s for Lotus completed the top 10.
Michael Schumacher was 11th on 1m 50.263s in the second Mercedes, leading Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen on 1m 50.345s, Williams' Pastor Maldonado on 1m 50.636s and Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo on 1m 50.791s. Then came the troubled Saubers of Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi, both of whom had off-track excursions, on 1m 51.122s and 1m 51.450s.
Senna got down to 1m 51.452s before his wall-banging incident left him to walk home as his Williams FW34 was eventually recovered and returned to the pits by the marshals.
Jean-Eric Vergne was 18th for Toro Rosso on 1m 52.009s, and Timo Glock continued Marussia's improved form to head Caterham's Heikki Kovalainen, 1m 52.218s to 1m 52.576s. Marussia's Charles Pic likewise stayed ahead of Vitaly Petrov in the other Caterham, 1m 52.863s to 1m 52.936s.
At the back, Pedro de la Rosa narrowly headed HRT team mate Narain Karthikeyan, with 1m 54.448s to 1m 54.514s.
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