F1 2013

Hamilton fastest – Singapore FP1

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg sandwiched the Red Bull duo of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in first practice for Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix, proving Mercedes hopes of adding their fourth win of the season is a realistic expectation.

Hamilton and Webber dominated the proceedings for most of the session, separated by just over 0.3 tenths while the rest of the field, headed by Vettel, languished a further half-a-second behind. No drivers tested the softer Pirelli compound available this weekend, with much of that running still to come in FP2.

Rumours sweeping round the paddock as ‘silly-season’ continued in earnest included a potential move by Fernando Alonso to former team McLaren in 2015 to partner Jenson Button, a move that would create Formula One’s most experienced and successful driver line-up. Whether the story holds truth hangs on some ambiguous comments made by Martin Whitmarsh on the Spaniard’s availablilty and contractual future.

CLASSIFICATION – FP1 – SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX

POS DRIVER TEAM LAP TIME
1 Hamilton Mercedes 1:47:055
2 Webber Red Bull 1:47:420
3 Vettel Red Bull 1:47:885
4 Rosberg Mercedes 1:48:239
5 Raikkonen Lotus 1:48:354
6 Grosjean Lotus 1:48:355
7 Alonso Ferrari 1:48:362
8 Perez McLaren 1:49:267
9 Vergne Toro Rosso 1:49:348
10 Gutierrez Sauber 1:49:355
11 Maldonado Williams 1:49:481
12 Massa Ferrari 1:49:493
13 Bottas Williams 1:49:510
14 Button McLaren 1:49:608
15 Di Resta Force India 1:49:887
16 Sutil Force India 1:50:092
17 Hulkenberg Sauber 1:50:222
18 Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:50:757
19 Bianchi Marussia 1:52:359
20 Chilton Marussia 1:52:673
21 Van Der Garde Caterham 1:52:920
22 Pic Caterham 1:53:647
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