Fernando Alonso has topped the timesheets in the opening practice session under lights at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix. The Spaniard outpaced the Mercedes pairing of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, who lapped within two-tenths of a second of the Ferrari driver.
Sebastian Vettel finished fourth for Red Bull, before pulling over at pit lane exit after his last lap from a suspected power unit issue. Team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was two-tenths behind in fifth.
The session saw many drivers flirt with the walls of the enclosed street circuit while pushing too early on a green track.
Turn Five proved to be tricky for a few drivers, especially Kamui Kobayashi who found himself facing the wrong way after taking too much kerb on entry to the right-hander.
Teams were tested by their drivers on the pit-to-car radio clampdown, as engineers were restricted with the types of information they were allowed to hand out.
Hamilton was caught questioning his sector times early in the session, where he was told to return to the pits for a discussion.
The Toro Rosso drivers were well placed in the session, with Jean-Éric Vergne heading the pair in sixth position while Daniil Kvyat was fourth-tenths adrift in ninth.
2014 Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 1 Results:
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap||Laps|
|1.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:49.056||16|
|2.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:49.178||+ 0.122||23|
|3.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:49.205||+ 0.149||24|
|4.||Sebastian Vettel||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:49.874||+ 0.818||27|
|5.||Daniel Ricciardo||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:50.122||+ 1.066||21|
|6.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:50.539||+ 1.483||11|
|7.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:50.922||+ 1.727||19|
|8.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:50.922||+ 1.866||21|
|9.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:50.990||+ 1.934||26|
|10.||Sergio Pérez||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:51.131||+ 2.075||23|
|11.||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:51.217||+ 2.161||24|
|12.||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:51.604||+ 2.548||23|
|13.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:51.953||+ 2.897||20|
|14.||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:52.125||+ 3.069||25|
|15.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:52.146||+ 3.090||19|
|16.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:52.171||+ 3.115||15|
|17.||Adrian Sutil||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:52.237||+ 3.181||22|
|18.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:52.906||+ 3.850||26|
|19.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:54.113||+ 5.057||15|
|20.||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:54.475||+ 5.419||26|
|21.||Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:54.607||+ 5.551||21|
|22.||Max Chilton||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:55.170||+ 6.114||17|
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