|The darkening sky - Evening turns to night. The lights|
come on, but rain continues to threaten Free Practice
Kobayashi tastes a drying Singapore circuit on the
Intermediate Pirelli Tyre - Courtesy of Sauber F1
Nothing really happens in Free Practice other than familiarising the drivers with the circuit conditions and testing one or two parts.
That makes times pretty meaningless but still we like to see who's on top of the time sheets. the results are in:
Vettel, Hamilton, Button, Alonso, and Maldonado make up the top five places.
Sebastian and Lewis traded top of the table once or twice before settling back into the rhythm of the practice session.
Mercedes tested their new exhaust design, its efficacy cannot be gauged as they may have spent the entire session doing high fuel load running, ending up in 14th with Michael and 18th for Nico.
|Button's McLaren bounces over the kerbing under the floodlighting|
Courtesy of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
The same goes for Lotus who brought a new rear wing to Singapore but only seem to have introduced it with about 10 minutes to go. Perhaps the fuel loads were high but Kimi finished 12th while Grosjean was 15th at the end of the session.
Little was seen of the Caterhams, Marussia or HRT on the TV which is unfortunate at Free Practice, particularly when Ma Qing Hua was driving the HRT for the second time. He finished last, some 1.5 seconds behind Pedro De La Rosa.
VET, HAM, BUT, ALO, MAL, WEB, HUL, DIR, RIC, PER, SEN, RAI, KOB, MSC, GRO, MAS, VER, ROS, GLO, KOV, PIC, PET, DLR, MQH