Sebastian Vettel has led a comfortable 1-2 on the timesheets as Friday’s two practice sessions were brought to a close for the Singapore Grand Prix, with the German clocking some seriously impressive times around the tricky Marina Bay circuit.

If Friday’s second practice session results were anything to go by, then the rest of the field may as well pack up and go home: Vettel and teammate Mark Webber were the only driver to lap in the 1m44s range, with the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton over a second adrift.

Vettel’s pace was simply astounding. With the street circuit now completely floodlight, Webber set the initial pace on the harder Pirelli tyres, before a switch to the softer option compound saw Vettel up his game, clocking a best time of 1:44.429 that was over six-tenths faster than his teammate.

Behind the two leading teams came Romain Grosjean, who was an encouraging fifth-quickest in his Lotus despite losing yet more time in the pit lane. The Frenchman beat home Fernando Alonso with his fastest flying lap.

Jenson Button was seventh quickest in his McLaren after a trouble-free run, winding up ahead of the second Lotus of Kimi Räikkönen, while Adrian Sutil and Sergio Pérez completed the top-ten.

Daniel Ricciardo showed much improved pace in his Toro Rosso, narrowly missing out on a top-ten spot in his Ferrari-powered car. The Australian was just two-hundredths of a second faster than teammate Jean-Éric Vergne, with the pair finishing just ahead of former Force India teammates Paul di Resta and Nico Hülkenberg.

Felipe Massa’s difficult weekend continued into FP2, with the Brazilian doing his prospects of landing the second Lotus seat no end of harm with a rather pathetic performance in this session. The Ferrari driver languished in fifteenth place , some 2.6 seconds slower than Vettel’s session-topping lap time.

The session had little in the way of major incidents, with a few drivers locking up and running wide over the course of the 90 minutes’ running. Pastor Maldonado provided the only major lowlight, with the Venezuelan overshooting Turn 13 as he exited Anderson Bridge, gently nosing his Williams into the barriers to earn a new front wing.

2013 Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 1:44.249   34
2. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 1:44.853 + 0.604 30
3. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 1:45.258 + 1.009 34
4. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 1:45.368 + 1.119 33
5. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E21 1:45.411 + 1.162 18
6. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F138 1:45.691 + 1.442 32
7. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 1:45.754 + 1.505 30
8. Kimi Räikkönen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E21 1:45.778 + 1.529 32
9. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes VJM06 1:46.002 + 1.753 27
10. Sergio Pérez MEX McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 1:46.025 + 1.776 31
11. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 1:46.406 + 2.157 34
12. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 1:46.429 + 2.180 33
13. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM06 1:46.606 + 2.357 33
14. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Sauber Ferrari C32 1:46.808 + 2.559 36
15. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F138 1:46.870 + 2.621 33
16. Esteban Gutiérrez MEX Sauber Ferrari C32 1:47.287 + 3.038 29
17. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams Renault FW35 1:47.434 + 3.185 33
18. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW35 1:47.761 + 3.512 25
19. Giedo van der Garde NED Caterham Renault CT03 1:49.434 + 5.185 34
20. Charles Pic FRA Caterham Renault CT03 1:49.526 + 5.277 34
21. Max Chilton GBR Marussia Cosworth MR02 1:49.619 + 5.370 33
22. Jules Bianchi FRA Marussia Cosworth MR02 1:49.731 + 5.482 30


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