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Friday, September 26, 2008

Hamilton tops under the lights

Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa continued their tight championship battle, taking the top two times for the day in the first practice session for Formula 1’s debut under the lights in Singapore.

Kimi Raikkonen was third in the second Ferrari.

There was action a plenty on the track, with Red Bull’s Mark Webber and Honda’s Rubens Barrichello both wrapping up early after contact with the barriers, though both would return in the second session.

Jarno Trulli made perhaps the most interesting news of the day, earning a fine for driving the wrong way on the track after a spin.

In the second session, Fernando Alonso pulled a rabbit out of his hat to come out of nowhere and top the charts, edging both Hamilton and Massa.

Things were a little calmer as the drivers adjusted to the green track and the unique conditions, though Toyota’s Timo Glock did lose his front wing in the waning moments of the session.

Reviews of the track so far have been positive, the novelty of night racing yet to wear off for many. The pit lane is providing one of the few question marks, both the entry and exit proving difficult to drivers on the racing line.

Qualifying kicks off at a relatively late 10 pm local time Saturday.

Practice 2 times:

  1. Alonso, Renault, 1:45.654
  2. Hamilton, McLaren, 1:45.752
  3. Massa, Ferrari, 1:45.793
  4. Kovalainen, McLaren, 1:45.797
  5. Rosberg, Williams, 1:46.164
  6. Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:46.384
  7. Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:46.580
  8. Button, Honda, 1:46.901
  9. Nakajima, Williams, 1:47.013
  10. Glock, Toyota, 1:47.046
  11. Webber, Red Bull, 1:47.137
  12. Piquet, Renault, 1:47.145
  13. Vettel, Toro Rosso, 1:47.300
  14. Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 1:47.487
  15. Coulthard, Red Bull, 1:47.640
  16. Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:47.760
  17. Fisichella, Force India, 1:47.965
  18. Barrichello, Honda, 1:48.009
  19. Trulli, Toyota, 1:48.059
  20. Sutil, Force India, 1:48.311

Practice 1 times:

  1. Hamilton, McLaren, 1:45.518
  2. Massa , Ferrari, 1:45.598
  3. Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:45.961
  4. Kovalainen, McLaren, 1:46.463
  5. Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:46.618
  6. Rosberg, Williams, 1:46.710
  7. Alonso, Renault, 1:46.725
  8. Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:46.964
  9. Piquet, Renault, 1:47.175
  10. Button, Honda, 1:47.277
  11. Vettel, Toro Rosso, 1:47.570
  12. Nakajima, Williams, 1:47.662
  13. Glock, Toyota, 1:47.706
  14. Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 1:48.097
  15. Coulthard, Red Bull, 1:48.517
  16. Barrichello, Honda, 1:48.725
  17. Sutil, Force India, 1:48.839
  18. Fisichella, Force India, 1:48.906
  19. Trulli, Toyota, 1:49.064
  20. Webber, Red Bull, 1:53.703
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