Singapore GP: Third practice

2012-09-22 13:31

SINGAPORE - Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel made it a clean sweep of practice domination for the Singapore Grand Prix, clocking the fastest time for the third straight session hours ahead of qualifying on Saturday.

The 60-minute session was red flagged with three minutes remaining after Vitaly Petrov crashed into the wall on turn 21 and parked his stricken Caterham at the entrance to the pitlane, but Vettel had looked comfortably quicker than his title rivals before the Russian's mishap.


Vettel suffered a disappointing outing in Monza last time, failing to finish with an alternator problem, but the German looks back to his best around the Marina Bay Street Circuit and appears on course to repeat his victory from 12 months ago.

The German, who is 39 points behind championship leader Fernando Alonso with seven rounds remaining, lapped in 1 minute 47.947 seconds, edging McLaren's Lewis Hamilton by 0.325 seconds with Alonso 0.351 seconds further back in third.

Nico Hulkenberg continued to show good pace in his Force India and crossed the line fourth fastest, but his position was elevated by the fact that Red Bull's Mark Webber and the McLaren of Jenson Button were unable to complete timed laps on the super-soft tyres due to the red flag.

Tyre provider Pirelli have said the super-softs are 1.5 seconds quicker per lap than the soft tyres with motorsport director Paul Hembery suggesting the teams would adopt a two or three-stop strategy for Sunday's race.

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Third free practice session from the Marina Bay street circuit, Singapore:

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull - Renault 1min47.947seconds
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1min48.272
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1min48.623
4 Nico Hulkenberg Force India - Mercedes 1min48.859
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus - Renault 1min48.865
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1min49.458
7 Paul Di Resta Force India - Mercedes 1min49.684
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1min49.699
9 Bruno Senna Williams - Renault 1min49.715
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1min49.981
11 Mark Webber Red Bull - Renault 1min50.110
12 Jenson Button McLaren 1min50.524
13 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1min50.664
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber - Ferrari 1min50.777
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus - Renault 1min50.840
16 Pastor Maldonado Williams - Renault 1min51.012
17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1min51.059
18 Sergio Perez Sauber - Ferrari 1min51.272
19 Charles Pic Marussia - Cosworth 1min52.290
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham - Renault 1min53.781
21 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham - Renault 1min54.326
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT - Cosworth 1min54.421
23 Timo Glock Marussia - Cosworth 1min54.630
24 Pedro de la Rosa HRT - Cosworth 1min54.875

Second free practice
First free practice

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