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.
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