Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button set the pace in the first session for the Singapore GP. Mark Webber was third fastest for Red Bull ahead of Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and the two McLarens: Heikki Kovalainen ending up ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Robert Kubia was eighth ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and the two Williams-Toyotas of Kazuki Nakajima and Nico Rosberg.
The Force India was not on the pace, which was interesting given its recent form, with Adrian Sutil 12th, ahead of Sebastien Buemi’s Toro Rosso and Nick Heidfeld’s BMW Sauber. The Toyotas were next with Timo Glock ahead of Janro Trulli, while Giancarlo Fisichella was 17th, which was none too impressive.
Tonio Liuzzi was 18th ahead of Jaime Alguersuari’s Toro Rosso. Romain Grosjean was the slowest, having spun at Turn 17, the scene of Nelson Piquet’s “accident” in 2008. This time it seemed it really was a mistake.