The second session for the Singapore Grand Prix resulted in a fairly dominant showing from the Red Bull-Renault team with Sebastian Vettel a sizeable six-tenths clear of his team-mate Mark Webber. He in turn was four-tenths clear of Jenson Button’s McLaren, which seems to suggest that Red Bull is going into the weekend with an appreciable advantage over its rivals. A second a lap is a big margin in F1 these days.
Fernando Alonso was fourth fastest in his Ferrari, right on Button’s tail, but the Spaniard went wide and then found himself unable to rejoin the action for reasons that are not entirely obvious. Lewis Hamilton was fifth quick in his McLaren, while Rubens Barrichello was a surprising sixth fastest ahead of Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari and Nico Rosberg in the leading Mercedes. Renault’s Robert Kubica was next ahead of Michael Schumacher in the second Mercedes and Nico Hulkenberg in the second Williams.
The Saubers were 12th and 13th with Kamui Kobayashi ahead of Nick Heidfeld and then Vitaly Petrov in the second Renault, ahead of the two Force Indias, with Tonio Liuzzi ahead of Adrian Sutil. The German ran wide and went heavily over a kerb and broke his suspension on landing. Down at the back were Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi in their Toro Rossos, Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus, the Virgins of Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi. Then came Jarno Trulli’s Lotus and the two HRTs of Bruno Senna and Christian Klein.