Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have cast an ominous shadow over the reast of the 24-car grid, utterly crushing them with a dominating 1-2 in the second practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the second practice session The duo evidently might have had some Red Bull with their cereal – or in the fuel tanks of their Renault-powered cars, with Vettel finishing a second quicker than third-fastest Jenson Button with a commanding series of hot laps on the super-soft Bridgestone tyres in the latter half of the 90-minute session.

In fact, Vettel headed the timesheets as early as 25 minutes into the session, briefly being deposed by Button before resuming his authority with a succession of quick laps that would have other drivers reeling.

Vettel’s margin over the rest of the field was over a second, and the gap was only brought down by the sister Red Bull of Mark Webber, who eventually managed to close to within seven-tenths of the German – but by today’s standards, that’s still an eternity.

It seemed that Fernando Alonso – fourth-quickest at the end of the day – might be the only driver who could have threatened Vettel’s reign at the top of the timesheets. The double World Champion had a go at a hot-lap with twenty minutes running to go, posting a faster first split and matching Vettel in the second sector, only to have a wild moment at Turn 17 which led to him disappearing up an escape road at the next corner. He attempted to reverse back onto the field, only to stall his Ferrari and have to abandon any further running.

Adrian Sutil broke his suspension on the kerbs The only other driver to suffer a major gaffe was Adrian Sutil, who hopped the ‘Singapore Sling’ chicane kerbing a little too violently, taking to the air and landing heavily. which was enough to shatter his left-front suspension. What would later raise the ire of the stewards was his attempt to limp his stricken car back to the pits, an act that earned him a $10,000 fine for his troubles.

At the top of the order, Lewis Hamilton rounded out the day with the fifth-quickest time, half a second up on Rubens Barrichello in the Williams, who was himself marginally quicker than his compatriot Felipe Massa.

Mercedes GP ended a productive opening day in Singapore with both drivers in the top-ten: Nico Rosberg finishing eighth-quickest and Michael Schumacher in tenth, with the pair sandwiching Robert Kubica in the Renault.

Further behind, Kamui Kobayashi marginally outpaced his new Sauber team-mate Nick Heidfeld, with the pair finishing up twelfth and thirteenth-quickest.

At the bottom of the order, HRT finished slowest of all and over a second clear of the next-slowest runners, but Christian Klien might find himself well-pleased to get within a second of team-mate Bruno Senna on his return to the F1 grid.


2010 Singapore GP Practice 2 Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Renault 1:46.660 29
2. Mark Webber AU Red Bull Renault + 0.627 27
3. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes + 1.030 28
4. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari + 1.058 20
5. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes + 1.158 28
6. Rubens Barrichello BRA Williams Cosworth + 1.642 31
7. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari + 1.681 28
8. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes GP + 2.019 26
9. Robert Kubica POL Renault + 2.195 15
10. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes GP + 2.229 31
11. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Williams Cosworth + 2.493 32
12. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari + 2.778 30
13. Nick Heidfeld DEU Sauber Ferrari + 2.898 26
14. Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault + 2.948 30
15. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA_thumb2[1] Force India Mercedes + 3.236 28
16. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes + 3.324 11
17. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso Ferrari + 3.531 31
18. Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso Ferrari + 4.236 35
19. Heikki Kovalainen FIN_thumb[2] Lotus Cosworth + 5.218 30
20. Timo Glock DEU Virgin Racing Cosworth + 5.490 22
21. Lucas di Grassi BRA Virgin Racing Cosworth + 6.771 25
22. Jarno Trulli ITA_thumb2[1] Lotus Cosworth + 6.866 27
23. Bruno Senna BRA HRT Cosworth + 8.065 27
24. Christian Klien AUT_thumb[2] HRT Cosworth + 8.882 25

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