Vettel dominates second practice

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Only Sebastian Vettel’s team mate could get within one second of him in second practice for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso looked able to give Vettel a run for his money and went fastest of all through the first sector.

But his session came to an early end a few corners later when he went into the run-off area at turn 18 and stalled.

Despite missing the final 20 minutes, Alonso ended the session fourth, splitting the two McLarens. The five championship contenders occupied the top five places ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa.

Adrian Sutil‘s session also came to an early end when he damaged his Force India’s suspension crashing over the kerbs at the Singapore Sling chicane.

Other drivers survived brushes with the wall, including Jaime Alguersuari and Sutil’s team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Robert Kubica missed much of the session with an hydraulic problem, although his team managed to fix it in time for him to get out at the end. But it meant he saw little of the day’s dry running.

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Pos.CarDriverCarBest lapGapLaps
15Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’46.66029
26Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault1’47.2870.62727
31Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1’47.6901.03028
48Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’47.7181.05820
52Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1’47.8181.15828
69Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth1’48.3021.64231
77Felipe MassaFerrari1’48.3411.68128
84Nico RosbergMercedes1’48.6792.01926
911Robert KubicaRenault1’48.8552.19515
103Michael SchumacherMercedes1’48.8892.22931
1110Nico H???lkenbergWilliams-Cosworth1’49.1532.49332
1223Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari1’49.4382.77830
1322Nick HeidfeldSauber-Ferrari1’49.5582.89826
1412Vitaly PetrovRenault1’49.6082.94830
1515Vitantonio LiuzziForce India-Mercedes1’49.8963.23628
1614Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1’49.9843.32411
1717Jaime AlguersuariToro Rosso-Ferrari1’50.1913.53131
1816Sebastien BuemiToro Rosso-Ferrari1’50.8964.23635
1919Heikki KovalainenLotus-Cosworth1’51.8785.21830
2024Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth1’52.1505.49022
2125Lucas di GrassiVirgin-Cosworth1’53.4316.77125
2218Jarno TrulliLotus-Cosworth1’53.5266.86627
2321Bruno SennaHRT-Cosworth1’54.7258.06527
2420Christian KlienHRT-Cosworth1’55.5428.88225

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35 comments on “Vettel dominates second practice”

  1. Did Alonso’s engine fail or any other electronic device fail ?

    1. He passed the corner and when he tried to use rear gear the car stopped. It looks a silly use of the car but no problem with the car.

      1. Silly use ? wat does that mean ?

  2. I think it will be back to the standard weekend. Redbulls way out ahead in qualifying but reigned back in by Mclaren and Ferrari during the race.

  3. Probably an electric….

    1. Recall in the past there has been a suspected burried cable or subway infrastructure part inteferring with car electronics.

      1. Something was mentioned about this in the FP1 coverage. Apparently there is potential for electrical interference affecting the cars, especially over the second bridge. Remember that Webber’s retirement from the 2008 race was ascribed to an electrical failure caused by a passing tram!

        1. McLaren mentioned it on their website during FP1:
          1121: Why did we sent out both cars separately? An electro-magnetic issue at Turn 13 – so it was wise to ensure it didn’t affect car electronics.

          And later again briefly during FP2:
          1430: Lewis’s engineer is discussing the T13 electrical interference – it’s apparently from an underground line – and can affect all teams.

          … was that Webber’s “tramline” problem from last years race?

          1. eh, his 2008 race, how time flies :)

        2. It is illegal, in Singapore, to have overhead power lines. I heard that there is a masive poer cable swung under the bridge to connect the two parts of the city.

          This cable is, supposedly, big enough to generate its own electromagnetic field.

          1. Maybe next year they should put some shielding around it.

          2. In Singapore their is electromagnetic field everywhere, I agree with Accidental Mick that it’s affecting the car. I think that same thing happened with Massa’s car in the 2008 GP when the light turned green accidentally.

  4. O-oh, Heidfeld in front of Petrov? Thats not good…..

  5. Not so hot for Schumi as in the first practice but still it seems like he got the track pretty fast. Heidfield too better than expected, that’s cool.

    1. He got within a couple of tenths of Rosberg, but FP1 times were unrepresentative as the track was drying so fast towards the end…

  6. He simply stalled it

  7. Shame Alonso didn’t finish his flying lap, i don’t think he would have beaten SV but may well have split the RedBulls – Keep of the kerbs under braking!

  8. that corner Sutil’s suspension broke… isn’t it the worst corner in the calendar?

    1. Hamilton sure seems to think so :) I don’t understand why it is there, not really, it makes an already slow track take more time.

  9. So far it’s a bit closer than in Hungary, the Red bulls are only about a second in front.

    Sure Alonso might have been faster, and Massa did his time early and Button and Hamilton might have been doing another program, but it is more or less the unchanged order.

    1. Basically if it is dry then Red Bull should walk it. Though the safety car usually intervenes at some point, which could cause issues as it did in Budapest.

      1. How many races should RBR have walked so far though? Suppose that just means they have to come good at some point…

        1. It could still be the case that in the race, Ferrari and McLaren can challenge Red Bull due to greater race pace. If Red Bull’s work on thier start problem hasn’t fixed it fully, maybe one or more of those cars can get ahead, Alonso, for example, is a bit faster in s1 at least.

          1. If it was somewhere like Malaysia or Brazil or somewhere I’d be more happy for my favourite team Ferrari but overtaking is so rare I’d like pole :P

  10. Did Mclaren not run the new split cascade front wing in FP2?
    Not sure if its just back to back testing or they’re nt running it for quali and race.

    1. They were doing back-to-back testing so different drivers had it at different points.

  11. No matter who is driving the HRT, even if no one is driving, it is still a terrible car.

    1. Yeah, that HRT is really off the pace now. Their no development approach doesn’t appear to be paying off. :D

      It’s really just a race between Klien and Senna on Sunday for the Hispania guys.

      1. I think HRT will set a record for going through a whole season without one update on the car, here it’s the same as at the start of the season.

  12. Looks like maybe the sparkly helmet is helping Vettel?

    1. a slow motion shot of vettels car below the floor seems to show the car pushing or flexing each time he accelarates through the gears

  13. While it doesn’t appear as though the new flex regulations have compromised RB and Ferrari’s high downforce advantage as hoped by McLaren, perhaps McLaren weren’t showing all their cards? Qualy will tell, and of course there is still that pesky race to run as well!

  14. US Williams Fan
    25th September 2010, 3:18

    The Ferraris, RBRs, and McLarens all looked quite strong in practice overall.

    But you can’t rule out BAR, KUB, or the Mercedes drivers on Sunday.

    Does McLaren only have one split cascade front wing between the two cars for the race as well?

  15. Seems like we will see the Red Bull once again in the front row of the starting grid, now the question remains who will be partnering them between the Red & Silver car.

  16. Good performance by Heidfeld who is just behind Kobayashi on his first practice. That’s going to be an interesting battle.

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