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Vettel fastest in Singapore practice

Alonso followed the German by .201 of a second, ahead of the first sesion leader Hamilton.
Friday, September 23, 2011

SINGAPORE, Sept 23, 2011 (AFP) - Championship-chasing German Sebastian Vettel topped the times in Friday's second free practice session ahead of this weekend's potentially-decisive Singapore Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old Red Bull driver clocked the fastest lap of one minute and 46.374 to finish the day two-tenths of a second ahead of nearest rival two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.

Briton Lewis Hamilton of McLaren, quickest in a incident-packed opening session, came third in the later run ahead of Brazilian Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari.

The first practice was delayed because of problems with kerbing along the Singapore street-circuit and when proceedings finally began 30 minutes late it was punctuated by red flagged interruptions for various minor incidents.

The second period of action was more straightforward as the teams acclimatised to the choking heat of 32 degrees Celsius and heavy humidity, with the main talking point being Jenson Button's mid-practice withdrawl.

His participation in the session ended after he almost lost control of his McLaren under braking at Turn 14.

A pair of lurid skid-marks on the circuit suggested he had locked up as he battled to keep the car under his guidance. When he had stopped, his team suggested he tried to reverse the car and return to the track.

Button replied, abruptly, that his reverse gear was "not working" before climbing out and taking a scooter ride back to the pits.

Better luck followed Australian Mark Webber, who was fifth in the second Red Bull ahead of seven-times champion German Michael Schumacher, 42, of Mercedes, who was two seconds off the pace set by his compatriot Vettel.

Another German Adrian Sutil of Force India was seventh ahead of Mexican Sergio Perez and his Sauber team-mate Japanese kamui Kobayashi. Button clocked in tenth.

SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX PRACTICE 2 TIMES (FP2)
POS No. DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP LAPS
1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:46.374   33
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:46.575 0.201 28
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:47.115 0.741 22
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:47.120 0.746 23
5 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:47.265 0.891 28
6 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:48.418 2.044 27
7 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:48.866 2.492 32
8 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:49.578 3.204 27
9 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:49.730 3.356 29
10 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:49.751 3.377 10
11 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:49.792 3.418 14
12 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:50.241 3.867 31
13 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:50.345 3.971 8
14 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:50.399 4.025 29
15 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:50.790 4.416 28
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:50.897 4.523 24
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:50.937 4.563 30
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:51.950 5.576 26
19 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:52.257 5.883 15
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:52.489 6.115 25
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:53.579 7.205 25
22 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:54.649 8.275 25
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:54.754 8.380 29
24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:55.198 8.824 26

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