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Singapore GP – Free Practice 1 Results: P12

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With a rapidly drying track adding to the slowly fading daylight here at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, Free Practice 1 proved something of a venture into the unknown as Kimi and Romain ran through an intensive schedule of data collection during the opening session of the Singapore Grand Prix weekend.

Summary:

A heavy downpour in the hours building up to Free Practice 1 made for tricky and changeable track conditions at the Marina Bay Street Circuit as the drivers took to the Singapore streets for the opening session of the weekend.

Completing install laps on the blue marked full wet Pirelli tyres, first stints on the green marked intermediates and second runs on the yellow marked soft compound slick rubber, Kimi and Romain took the opportunity to bed themselves in for whatever conditions may arrive throughout the weekend.

No sooner had the engineers deemed the circuit to be ready for slicks than the Finn emerged from his garage; gradually building up the pace until his E20 made a fleeting appearance at the top of the time sheets following consecutive fastest laps.

A productive second half of the session saw both drivers completing longer runs as part of the team’s regular free practice format; preparations for Sunday’s race as usual being the priority.

A few tense moments for Romain came in the form of some kerb hopping through the Singapore Sling chicane and a trip down the escape road at T14 as an otherwise smooth and productive session drew to a close with both E20s placing in the midfield.

Pos  Driver                Team                  Time              Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m50.566            24
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m50.615s  + 0.049  15
 3.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m51.459s  + 0.893  17
 4.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m51.525s  + 0.959  20
 5.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m51.576s  + 1.010  20
 6.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m51.655s  + 1.089  19
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m51.658s  + 1.092  24
 8.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m51.943s  + 1.377  21
 9.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m52.275s  + 1.709  24
10.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m52.296s  + 1.730  19
11.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault      1m52.629s  + 2.063  25
12.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m52.716s  + 2.150  16
13.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m52.839s  + 2.273  23
14.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m52.986s  + 2.420  21
15.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m53.028s  + 2.462  20
16.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m53.080s  + 2.514  17
17.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m53.189s  + 2.623  25
18.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m53.227s  + 2.661  25
19.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1m54.908s  + 4.342  20
20.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1m55.091s  + 4.525  16
21.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1m55.335s  + 4.769  22
22.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault      1m55.760s  + 5.194  22
23.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1m56.656s  + 6.090  21
24.  Ma Qing  Hua          HRT-Cosworth          1m58.053s  + 7.487  20

Video: FP1 Kimi coverage

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