Formula One: Alonso and Hamilton fastest in Singapore practice!

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Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Singapore, 2014The 2014 Singapore Grand Prix weekend kicked off today with Friday Practice on the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton were fastest in the first two sessions, as drivers such as Sebastian Vettel and Pastor Maldonado hit problems.

In the first 90 minute session, Fernando Alonso edged out Lewis Hamilton by a tenth of a second to top the session for Ferrari. Nico Rosberg was just a few thousandths down on his team-mate in third place.

The two Red Bull drivers finished the first session in 4th and 5th, with last year’s winner Sebastian Vettel just ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. The session didn’t end well for the reigning champion after he suffered a suspected engine problem near the end of the session. Jean-Eric Vergne was sixth fastest for Toro Rosso but also suffered battery problems during the session. Kimi Raikkonen was 7th and also hit problems after a brake failure due to the intense heat of the session.

Jenson Button ended the session 8th ahead of Daniil Kvyat, who made it two Toro Rosso’s in the top 10. Sergio Perez completed the top 10 after having led the session early on. Both Williams were out of the top 10, with Massa P13 and Bottas P16.

Practice 1 results:

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
114Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’49.05616
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’49.1780.12223
36Nico RosbergMercedes1’49.2050.14924
41Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’49.8740.81827
53Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-Renault1’50.1221.06621
625Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Renault1’50.5391.48311
77Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’50.7831.72719
822Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1’50.9221.86621
926Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Renault1’50.9901.93426
1011Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’51.1312.07523
1120Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1’51.2172.16124
1227Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’51.6042.54823
1319Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’51.9532.89720
1413Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1’52.1253.06925
1577Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’52.1463.09019
1621Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1’52.1713.11515
1799Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1’52.2373.18122
188Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1’52.9063.85026
1917Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1’54.1135.05715
209Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1’54.4755.41926
2110Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1’54.6075.55121
224Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1’55.1706.11417

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Singapore, 2014Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes back on top in the second session after pulling out a tenth advantage over Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari. Daniel Ricciardo took 3rd at what the Red Bull team think is their best chance since Hungary at taking a Grand Prix win. Kimi Raikkonen took 4th to outline the seemingly good pace in the Ferrari.

Sebastian Vettel was 5th fastest after missing a majority of the session. The engine problem from FP1 had resulted in a lengthy re-build. He only got 5 laps done in the session, which was enough for him to get into the top 5; just ahead of the McLaren and Force India drivers.

Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne took 10th and 11th fastest. Nico Rosberg was down in a very disappointing 13th place, but could’ve been much higher up had it not been for a red flag being deployed on his fastest lap after Pastor Maldonado crashed at the Singapore Sling.

The Williams cars once again failed to get into the top 10. Massa ended the session 17th, with Bottas 18th. The heat of Singapore continued to make life difficult for the 2014 Formula One cars, with Max Chilton’s Marussia coming to a halt after a turbo failure.

Practice 2 results:

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’47.49025
214Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’47.6230.13328
33Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-Renault1’47.7900.30028
47Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’48.0310.54129
51Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’48.0410.5515
620Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1’48.3580.86833
722Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1’48.4350.94530
811Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’48.6531.16330
927Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’48.7511.26131
1026Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Renault1’48.7701.28031
1125Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Renault1’48.8001.31033
128Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1’49.0621.57233
136Nico RosbergMercedes1’49.0751.58530
1413Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1’49.1391.64913
1599Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1’49.1701.68034
1621Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1’49.2901.80037
1719Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’49.3611.87129
1877Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’49.9712.48128
1917Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1’50.6123.12224
204Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1’51.5584.06821
2110Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1’52.0754.58533
229Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1’52.9365.44631

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