Vettel moves ahead in second practice
20 September 2013 – Sebastian Vettel set an electrifying pace during second practice for the Singapore Grand Prix on Friday night. The Red Bull driver, who posted a 1:44.249 on the Super Soft tyres, led team-mate Mark Webber by more than half a second, while Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton occupied third and fourth.
Under floodlights from the offset, it was Webber who seized the initiative in the early stages. But reigning World Champion Vettel found another level of performance when the switch to Pirelli's softer tyre compound arrived near the half hour mark, putting together a faultless flying lap to end the day 0.604 seconds ahead of the Australian.
Rosberg and Hamilton were over a second adrift of Vettel's time, with the latter falling behind his team-mate after topping the first session. Despite suffering another lengthy delay in his Lotus garage, Romain Grosjean wound up an encouraging fifth, the Frenchman edging ahead of Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso with his fastest effort.
Jenson Button enjoyed a smoother session en route to seventh position, with Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen and Force India's Adrian Sutil following closely. Sergio Pérez ensured that both McLarens made the top ten, the Mexican denying Toro Rosso pilot Daniel Ricciardo who was the first man to switch to the Super Soft rubber. Felipe Massa again featured a long way down the order, with his Ferrari classifying 15th.
At the tail-end of the field, Giedo van der Garde this time got the better of Caterham team-mate Charles Pic, while Britain's Max Chilton – who won the GP2 Feature Race 12 months ago – did enough to place ahead of fellow Marussia driver Jules Bianchi.
There were again few incidents, with Pastor Maldonado's Turn 13 accident in the final half hour the most dramatic. After locking up on the exit of the Anderson Bridge, the Williams driver ran straight into the exit wall at low speed, forcing a front wing change.
Saturday's third and final practice session at the Marina Bay circuit begins at 6pm local time (GMT +8) and can be tracked via the GPUpdate.net live report feature