A An hour and a half before the Formula 1 cars were let out onto the slopes for the first time, the world ended in Singapore. A tropical rainstorm flashed and thundered over the metropolis. The Marshalls tried their best to get the asphalt dry again in time for the first training whistle, but in the first half of the opening session the pilots had to strap on the intermediate rubbers.
Vettel just ahead of Hamilton
When the biggest puddles had finally evaporated, we went on slicks. Sebastian Vettel had an interesting fight with Lewis Hamilton for the fastest time. The lead switched back and forth between the Red Bull and the McLaren several times. In the end, the Heppenheimer, who is out and about in Singapore with a new flashing helmet, was ahead by 49 thousandths.
Jenson Button in third followed with a respectable margin of almost nine tenths. Fernando Alonso, who has already won twice in Singapore, also just managed to keep the gap under a second in fourth. The rest of the field didn't succeed.
Both Force India in the top ten
Pastor Maldonado proved in fifth place that he is a specialist in angled street circuits. In the Williams duel within the team, he was clearly ahead of Bruno Senna, who finished the first training session in eleventh place. Mark Webber in sixth was also well behind his teammate Sebastian Vettel. However, Singapore is not one of the Red Bull driver's favorite tracks either.
It got tighter again in the internal duel at Force India. Nico Hülkenberg in seventh and Paul di Resta in eighth were only three tenths apart. The Mercedes customer team made a good impression. Toro Rosso rookie Daniel Ricciardo, who was in Singapore for the first time, was also able to surprise with a good ninth place. Last place in the top ten was secured by Sergio Perez in the Sauber.
Lotus and Mercedes with room for improvement
In contrast, things have not yet been particularly promising at Lotus. The black and gold cars ended up with Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean only in twelfth and 15th place. Grosjean, who returned to the cockpit after his Monza ban, clearly had problems with the narrow track in Singapore. Sparks flew during a wild leap through the chicane.
Worry linesalso have the fans of Mercedes. Despite the new exhaust, Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg could not yet make it into the top ten in training. However, the slope was also very slippery. In addition, the fans can hope that the new parts still have to be properly tuned and that there is still room for improvement.
At Timo Glock, however, things went better than expected. In 19th place, the German was not only able to leave his teammate Charles Pic and the two HRT cars behind, but also the two Caterham.