Singapore GP: Lewis Hamilton leads opening practice

Lewis Hamilton ended first practice for the Singapore Grand Prix atop the order in his Mercedes

Singapore GP: Lewis Hamilton leads opening practice

The Briton led the Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in a tentative session that took a long time to get going as even backmarkers waited for track conditions to improve.

The majority of order changes at the front took place around the halfway point.

In a busy few minutes, the early pacesetting Williams duo and McLaren's Sergio Perez were usurped as the Red Bulls and Mercedes took control.

Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Webber swapped the top spot several times before Hamilton's 1m47.055s secured practice one honours.

Webber was 0.365 seconds slower in second, with Vettel half a second further back but achieving his best time near the end of a long run.

Rosberg completed the top four ahead of Lotus team-mates Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. The latter's running was limited by a steering problem.

Fernando Alonso was the fastest Ferrari in seventh.

Perez fell back to eighth, six places ahead of McLaren team-mate Jenson Button,

Felipe Massa was also outside the top 10 in the second Ferrari in 12th as Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne and Sauber's improving rookie Esteban Gutierrez claimed ninth and 10th, with Pastor Maldonado's Williams 11th.

The 22 race drivers took part in the session, with no one standing aside for a reserve as teams preferred to maximise their lead racers' track time on the tricky Marina Bay street track.

 Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m47.055s 20 2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m47.420s +0.365s 20 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m47.885s +0.830s 19 4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m48.239s +1.184s 23 5. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m48.354s +1.299s 18 6. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m48.355s +1.300s 12 7. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m48.362s +1.307s 21 8. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m49.267s +2.212s 20 9. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m49.348s +2.293s 23 10. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m49.355s +2.300s 21 11. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m49.481s +2.426s 20 12. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m49.493s +2.438s 16 13. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m49.510s +2.455s 21 14. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m49.608s +2.553s 20 15. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m49.887s +2.832s 18 16. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m50.092s +3.037s 20 17. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m50.222s +3.167s 17 18. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m50.757s +3.702s 16 19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m52.359s +5.304s 16 20. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m52.673s +5.618s 15 21. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m52.920s +5.865s 24 22. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m53.647s +6.592s 23 


shares
comments
Caterham boss Fernandes says F1 teams 'screwed up' cost cuts

Previous article

Caterham boss Fernandes says F1 teams 'screwed up' cost cuts

Next article

Ricciardo says Barcelona tyre test a boost ahead of Red Bull switch

Ricciardo says Barcelona tyre test a boost ahead of Red Bull switch
Load comments
Verstappen exclusive: How Red Bull’s ace has become F1 champion material Plus

Verstappen exclusive: How Red Bull’s ace has become F1 champion material

As Red Bull and Honda go all-out for victory in the Japanese engine manufacturer’s last season of its latest Formula 1 dalliance, Max Verstappen finds himself thrust into a compelling title fight with Lewis Hamilton. He told OLEG KARPOV about his evolution into a world championship contender and why Red Bull's no compromise ethos suits him down to the ground

How Mercedes went from Austin practice domination to "very tight at the front" with Red Bull Plus

How Mercedes went from Austin practice domination to "very tight at the front" with Red Bull

Mercedes has been on a roll of late in the ultra-tight fight to win the 2021 Formula 1 world championship. It started off well in practice at Austin for this weekend’s US Grand Prix, but Red Bull got closer as Friday unfolded and even seemed to find an edge in one critical area of what seems set to be another close contest

The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen Plus

The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen

The 2021 Formula 1 title battle is finely poised with six races remaining, as just six points separate championship leader Max Verstappen from seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton. In such a closely-fought season, the outcome could hinge on several small factors playing the way of Red Bull or Mercedes

Formula 1
Oct 22, 2021
Can Whitmarsh appointment help Aston succeed where its F1 rivals failed? Plus

Can Whitmarsh appointment help Aston succeed where its F1 rivals failed?

Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll is determined to make the group a billion-dollar business. MARK GALLAGHER analyses his latest play – bringing former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh into the fold

Formula 1
Oct 22, 2021
Remembering Switzerland’s first F1 winner Plus

Remembering Switzerland’s first F1 winner

Stepping up to F1 in 1962, Jo Siffert shone with Rob Walker Racing Team and BRM before his career was abruptly ended in a fatal crash at Brands Hatch in 1971. On the 50th anniversary of his death, Autosport recalls the career of an F1 and sportscar ace gone before his time

Formula 1
Oct 21, 2021
What Verstappen is risking with his current stance on 2021 F1 world title defeat Plus

What Verstappen is risking with his current stance on 2021 F1 world title defeat

OPINION: Max Verstappen is back in the lead of the 2021 Formula 1 drivers’ championship, with the season’s final flyaway events set to get underway in the USA this weekend. But a defensive stance he’s recently adopted could have a lasting impact for the Red Bull driver when it comes to his chances of defeating Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes

Formula 1
Oct 21, 2021
The hidden Ferrari struggle that Sainz’s recent charge put to rest Plus

The hidden Ferrari struggle that Sainz’s recent charge put to rest

Despite appearing to adjust to life as a Ferrari driver with relative ease, it was far from straightforward under the surface for Carlos Sainz Jr. But, having made breakthroughs in rather different routes at the Russian and Turkish races, he’s now targeting even greater feats for the rest of the Formula 1 season

Formula 1
Oct 20, 2021
The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team Plus

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team

Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Autosport's technical consultant

Formula 1
Oct 18, 2021