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Singapore GP: Sebastian Vettel stays on top in second Friday practice

Sebastian Vettel, Red BullSebastian Vettel emphasised his FP1 pace in Singapore by going fastest again in the second free practice session at Marina Bay.

The world champion, who has endured a tough sequence of grand prix weekends in terms of pace recently broken only by his attrition-assisted second place in Belgium, looked rapid throughout Friday.

In the end Vettel recorded a time more than three tenths faster than his nearest rival - Jenson Button's McLaren.

Fernando Alonso was third quickest for Ferrari ahead of Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton, Force India's impressive Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg.

The first of the updated Mercedes W03s was eighth fastest in the hands of Nico Rosberg, while Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean completed the top ten.

The second session, which ran entirely under dry conditions, burst into life quickly and it was the two McLarens of Hamilton and Button that set the early pace on the soft tyres.

But just as in the first session, it was Vettel and Hamilton that began trading times at the top of the list.

This continued until Bruno Senna lightly brushed his Williams against the outside wall at Turn 19. The incident may have been small, but the stranded car proved difficult to remove and necessitated a short red-flag period.

When the session resumed, first Massa, and then Hamilton switched to the super-soft option tyre and shot ahead of Vettel and the rest.

The Englishman's 1m49.086s set the tone for what was to follow as the rest of the frontrunners switched to their option programmes.

That prompted Webber to move to the front in the sister Red Bull car, only until Alonso's 1m48.896s bumped the Aussie down. Both were then dropped by Button's 1m48.651, before Vettel settled the matter for good with a 1m48.340s.

The session then settled down into the usual game of cat and mouse as teams tried to evaluate their long run pace while at the same time masking it from their rivals.

Of the frontrunners, Hamilton and Raikkonen both looked rapid on heavy fuel, while Red Bull seemed happy with degradation level of Vettel's super-softs.

Besides Senna's problem, there were no major incidents though once again several drivers rocked over the kerbs at Turn 10 and Perez (15th) ran on at Turn 4 without hitting anything.

The Mexican's Sauber team-mate Kamui Kobayashi (16th) had a similar experience at Turn 1 and then spun at Turn 19 right at the flag drop.

Pos  Driver                Team                  Time               Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m48.340             27
 2.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m48.651s  + 0.311   24
 3.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m48.896s  + 0.556   26
 4.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m48.964s  + 0.624   26
 5.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m49.086s  + 0.746   28
 6.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m49.300s  + 0.960   30
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m49.339s  + 0.999   31
 8.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m49.790s  + 1.450   32
 9.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m50.039s  + 1.699   28
10.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m50.161s  + 1.821   23
11.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m50.263s  + 1.923   23
12.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m50.345s  + 2.005   24
13.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m50.636s  + 2.296   32
14.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m50.791s  + 2.451   26
15.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m51.122s  + 2.782   28
16.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m51.450s  + 3.110   21
17.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault      1m51.452s  + 3.112   11
18.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m52.00$s  + 3.669   31
19.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1m52.218s  + 3.878   29
20.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1m52.576s  + 4.236   27
21.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1m52.863s  + 4.523   27
22.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault      1m52.936s  + 4.596   25
23.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1m54.448s  + 6.108   25
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1m54.514s  + 6.174   30

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