Singapore Grand Prix 2011: Vettel tops second practice
World champion sets the pace in second practice ahead of Sunday's race at the Marina Bay circuit
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel set the pace in second practice for Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.
The defending world champion, who could seal back-to-back titles at this weekend’s race, set a time of 1m46.374s at the Marina Bay circuit.
The 24-year-old German only needs to out-score Fernando Alonso by 13 points and Jenson Button and Mark Webber by eight to wrap up this year’s world championship title with five races to spare.
“I wouldn’t call it advantage, I think it looked pretty tight,” said Vettel, whose Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber was fifth-quickest. “It depends where and when and who was out, we have to wait and see.
“It is Friday. Tomorrow is Saturday and we worry about FP3. Then qualifying and then the race. The feeling in the car was alright. We have to see. We have to look how the others were, do our homework tonight and then see what we can do tomorrow.
“We did work quite a bit, the car was good though. The baseline was not too bad, I think we can still have to make a good step overnight so now we see what the others did and we will do our homework.”
Jenson Button missed half of the second practice session after going off the track when the McLaren driver locked up his brakes heading into Turn 14.
Singapore Grand Prix 2011 – Friday practice times
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m46.374s 33 laps
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m46.575s + 0.201 28 laps
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m47.115s + 0.741 22 laps
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m47.120s + 0.746 23 laps
5 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m47.265s + 0.891 28 laps
6 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m48.418s + 2.044 27 laps
7 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m48.866s + 2.492 32 laps
8 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m49.578s + 3.204 27 laps
9 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m49.730s + 3.356 29 laps
10 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m49.751s + 3.377 10 laps
11 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m49.792s + 3.418 14 laps
12 Bruno Senna Renault 1m50.241s + 3.867 31 laps
13 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m50.345s + 3.971 8 laps
14 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m50.399s + 4.025 29 laps
15 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m50.790s + 4.416 28 laps
16 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m50.897s + 4.523 24 laps
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m50.937s + 4.563 30 laps
18 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m51.950s + 5.576 26 laps
19 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m52.257s + 5.883 15 laps
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m52.489s + 6.115 25 laps
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m53.579s + 7.205 25 laps
22 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m54.649s + 8.275 25 laps
23 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1m54.754s + 8.380 29 laps
24 Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m55.198s + 8.824 26 laps