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Singapore GP - Free Practice

25th September 2009
The first free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix was held without any surprises. The fastest cars on the track were the ones from Brawn, with Barrichello (1.50.179) ahead of Button (1.50.356). From the third to the fifth position there were two Renault engines, with Webber (1.50.416) ahead of Alonso (1.50.567) and Vettel (1.50.614). The two Ferraristi Raikkonen (1.50.865) and Fisichella (1.52.390) drove the ninth and 17th fastest times respectively. No positive or negative surprises at all: the result is in line with what could be seen on the first days of the last Grands Prix. Both drivers mainly worked on the car’s set up, using just one set of hard tyres each: Kimi tried a slightly different aerodynamic set up compared to Giancarlo, who concentrated on getting to know the car on this windy and challenging track. Remaining in line with what the newspapers have been writing about over the last days, a Renault had the only accident in the afternoon, when Grosjean drove into the barriers at the exit of the famous corner no. 17, the corner where Nelsinho Piquet’s accident happened last year. The second free practice session for the Singapore GP, the 14th race in the Championship, just ended on the Marina Bay circuit. At the end of the nightly 90-minute session and under more than 1,600 spotlights the McLaren with Heikki Kovalainen (1.48.650) was the fastest car on the track, followed by the BMW with Nick Heidfeld (1.48.924) and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel (1.48.952 ). The faster Ferrari was the one with Kimi Raikkonen – 14th fastest lap time with 1.49.941 - while Giancarlo Fisichella drove the 16th fastest time in 1.50.253. The Team concentrated on comparing the two compounds, soft for Raikkonen’s long run and hard for Fisichella. Especially noteworthy is the fact how fast the soft compound wears off, leading to a drop in performance. This is mainly caused by the track, which is still quite dirty, because it’s only the race weekend’s first day.