Updated: 21/09/2012 19:23 | By pa.press.net

Vettel pleased with Red Bull pace



Sebastien Vettel led the way during the practice runs

Sebastien Vettel led the way during the practice runs

The leading contenders for this season's Formula One world title all expressed different emotions after two tough practice sessions for Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix.

Searing heat, high humidity and a bumpy Marina Bay Street Circuit under 1500 halogen lights always make for a difficult combination, and so it proved.

Come the conclusion, reigning champion Sebastian Vettel was fastest at the end of both 90-minute runs, especially on the significantly quicker supersoft tyre being used for the first time since Canada.

Vettel, who has fallen 39 points behind championship leader Fernando Alonso, was satisfied enough with his lap of one minute 48.340secs, over two seconds faster than his time in FP1 on the soft rubber.

"This is a tough circuit for drivers and cars, but overall we can be happy with today," said Vettel.

"It's still Friday and today's results are not so conclusive as some drivers got stuck in traffic, but most important is the car seemed to work on either tyre, so we go from there."

Ferrari tried out a raft of new components on their car as they seek to help Alonso win his third world title, with the upshot being he was third quickest, just over half a second down.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, second to Vettel early on, had to settle for fifth in FP2, although with one particular hot lap baulked by a slower car, so finishing three quarters of a second back.

With team-mate Jenson Button second quickest, 0.311secs adrift, but complaining of balance issues, Hamilton said: "I was comfortable with the car, the guys have done a great job.

"It feels a lot different to the last race where there is a lot less downforce, so it's great to be able to throw the car around a little more without it sliding."

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Let us see who did their homework in the last two weeks as we have only 7 more races to go and only those who prepare for whats to come will be rewarded.
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