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Singapore Grand Prix practice as it happened


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By Mark Ashenden

1613: And I know you know this, but Vettel finished up fastest in practice. Then followed Webber, Button, Alonso, Hamilton and Barrichello. That's all you need to know for now I reckon. Now I really am out of here.

1611: That's me done folks. Thank you so much for guiding me through gently. I know there were a few bumps early on. Keep across Sarah Holt's twitter feed throughout the weekend for all the latest F1 gossip and news. Have a great weekend.

1609: A reminder for your diaries. Does anybody still use a diary? My dad still does and it's so small he has to write with a ridiculously small font not even he can read it. To be fair, I'm talking about a man who regularly calls me 'bonzo' because he can't remember my name. He's got five kids so I'll let him off...ANYWAY. This weekend's coverage details: Saturday's practice session is 1200-1300 BST. Qualifying is from 1500 BST. And Sunday's race begins at 1300 BST.

1604: So, has that provided any answers or pointers towards how Sunday's race will go? Remember, it's five races to go in the championship battle. Who will reign supreme under the Singapore lights on the greasy streets?

1602: Friday's second practice session drawing to a gentle, if a little noisy, conclusion....

1559: Looks like Vettel's time of 1:46.660 is not going to get beaten. Webber in second 0.627 seconds behind. Button just over a second behind with third fastest. Alonso has stopped and is still fourth fastest. Hamilton, Barrichello, Massa all next in the list with Rosberg just over two seconds behind Vettel's time.

1557: Just 150 seconds left....

kimi62 on Twitter: "I've had to have my dinner an hour late to come home and watch today...abs fab. I'M A DISTRICT NURSE"
Remind me never to get ill in your area around a F1 race. I admire your commitment though.

From Holly in the pit: "Jarno Trulli's Lotus is in the garage and he is having real problems with the set-up of his car. Meanwhile the Renault mechanics have been working super-hard to get Robert Kubica's car ready for the final seven minutes or so of practice."

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Nick, via text 81111: "How lucky am I?... as well as a huge F1 fan, I'm also a crew member for a big UK airline and am flying out tonight for the weekend in Singapore. Not only that, our hotel overlooks the circuit. Not a bad 'job', eh?!"
Sounds like a shocker. Send us a postcard.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 5 live analyst Anthony Davidson: "I'm just looking at the lap times of Vettel and Button and they're both lapping in one minutes 53 seconds - so there is no lap-time difference between the Red Bull and the McLaren on a high fuel load on the option tyre."

1550: There is nothing else in your diary this weekend than the letters F1 right? Just in case you were thinking of taking your partner out for a lunchtime meal (I guess you can always take your mobile for updates) but these are the crucial times...Saturday's practice session is 1200-1300 BST. Qualifying is from 1500 BST. And Sunday's race begins at 1300 BST. That all sound OK you? If you're doing something better I'd like to know about it.

Hispania driver Karun Chandhok on the BBC: "It's encouraging for a competitive race. I think Ferrari could do something here. I don't think they're quicker than the Red Bulls but it looks like Fernando could give them a run for their money."
With 15 minutes remaining in the final practice session, Alonso has clocked the fourth fastest lap but the time is still 1.058 seconds behind Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 5 live analyst Anthony Davidson: "Alonso just got a bit onto the kerb coming out of Turn 17, which put him off line a bit, and then as he was coming back across the track for Turn 18 he got his wheels on the kerb just as he was braking for the corner and that unsettled the car. It was a smart move to go straight on and it just goes to show how tough this circuit is. It catches out even the best. Before that, he had gone fastest of all in sector one and a personal best in sector two."

1541: Order of fastest laps is still Vettel, Webber, Button, Alonso as Hamilton creeps up into fifth. A big lap in the making for Alonso before he squeezes off the track after corner 17. And the Spaniard has to walk off the track after making a half-hearted attempt at pushing his Ferrari.

1540: Sounds like Robert Kubica's Renault has a hydraulics issue and the mechanics are working on it. They are hopeful of getting him back out.

OmarChaudhuri on Twitter: "Some people here in Singapore get frustrated at the road closures and disruptions, but seeing it come together is worth it."
You want to try living near the north circular road in north London sir. The road bollard is a thing of utter beauty.

Get involved on 606
mYmindseYe on 606: "In most of Hamilton laps he has been caught in traffic. He must be getting annoyed"

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt tweeting from Singapore: "I'm multi-tasking a little bit but you probably ought to know that Vettel is back at the top of the timings from Red Bull pal Webber"
Webber's fastest lap is over a second behind his team-mate. Can anybody match Sebastian's efforts today? Can anybody get past the Red Bull boys this weekend?

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Andy in Manchester, via text 81111: "I hope the McLaren duo can pick things up before they lose their hard work this season. Hamilton and Button 1-2 is a must for the championship. It's always great to be watching the F1 night race. It really is a stunning circuit. "

joejanman on Twitter: "At Le Mans 24 they always have a concert in the middle of the circuit on the Saturday night, about 200m from the track"
A few people debating the merits of Deep Purple and other live performances during races. Missy Elliot was strutting her stuff in Singapore earlier.

1524: The big boys are cranking it up. Vettel still has the fastest lap with 1:46.974. Button is next with 1:47.690. Alonso third fastest with a 1:47.718. Barrichello and Hamilton next.

From Holly in the pit: "Jenson Button goes out on the new option tyres for a three-lap run."

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Pauline in Paphos, via text 81111: "Wish I was in Singapore - looks like it's buzzing! Instead am watching online from Cyprus. At least it's sunny + hot. Am backing the Aussie Webber all the way"
I'm delighted you've joined us. Great weather is so over-rated don't you think?

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Afiaz in Dhaka, via text 81111: "Where is Hamilton and his McLaren ? He is hanging on 16th. Can you do something with your magical powers Mark?"
I can't take any credit for this one but Lewis has ripped the circuit up. Well, he's bagged the second fastest lap anyway with a 1:48.334. Does that answer your question Afiaz?

1514: TV commentators say Lewis Hamilton lost half a second in his latest lap after "clunking over the kerbs". "Too aggressive?" they ask. Interesting TV pictures of Force India's Adrian Sutil ploughing over the bumps and his front left wheel is quite literally not going round as a result! Not very handy. His nose flew at least three feet into the air.

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Dave in Preston, via text 81111: "What happens if there is a power cut? Obviously there must be back-up generators but I was in a high street shop yesterday & the power went & there was quite a delay in the generator kicking in. Plus my cat Enzo is attacking the TV when he sees Vettel !?"
Incredible scenes. Good question - no idea! Sounds like Enzo has dipped into your bag of sweets and nibbled too many E numbers at lunchtime. He needs an afternoon nap (cat nap?) and sleep off that feline aggression.

1505: Back to the action...although some suggestions for 3D F1. It probably already happens but that's got to be a winner hasn't it? Vettel still with the fastest lap but that Aussie is creeping up. Webber clocks 1:48.584 and is 0.760 slower than his team-mates. Alonso is third with Button in fourth. Hamilton had too much lunch I think - his fastest lap is 1:50.954, which is 16th fastest. Still an hour to go.

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Mark in Leicester, via text 81111: "I find a yellow tint good for fishing it takes glare off the water surface enabling you to see fish under the surface. Why not give the drivers some polarising glasses?"
Bit of a debate raging regarding the driver visor options. What's the matter with a good old' handkerchief tied around the forehead?

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Singapore: "I bumped into Sauber new/old boy Nick Heidfeld during lunchtime - which is 8pm in the strange topsy-turvy world of the Singapore Grand Prix. The German, who has replaced Pedro de la Rosa for the final five races, told me he was excited to get back in an F1 car. Heidfeld was 13th in first practice but he said he was taking it easy because the track was quite slippery. He also said that he had not done enough laps to really get a feel for driving a 2010-spec car or to analyse the Sauber's true performance. He had such a huge grin on his face though that for now all that matters was just getting back into meaningful racing."

1456: Mark Webber looking pretty hot in the first sector as Vettel fires up Red Bull's Renault to clock 1:48.559 and the fastest lap.

1454: Jaime Alguersuari wriggles up to the wall and TV replays show slight contact between rubber and concrete. Lucky escape.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner talking after the first session: "This circuit is fairly unique... it's going to be fascinating to see whose cars and drivers suit this circuit."

1449: No sign of Bruno Senna's amazing speed increase yet (see entry 1440) but that Italian (I don't think so), that Spaniard Fernando Alonso pushes Button down into second fastest. His Ferrari clocks a 1:49.376.

1444: Button's back at the top of the pile with a 1:49.768. Barrichello 0.541 seconds behind, with Massa third fastest.

It's raining
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Singapore: "McLaren reckon the threat of more rain this weekend was behind their limited running in first practice. The team say they did not want to run the risk of eating into their quota of intermediate tyres - and each car gets four sets to use over a race weekend. Neither Jenson Button, who was sixth fastest in the early session, or last year's winner Lewis Hamilton, who was 18th, reported any problems from their first run in Singapore. In fact, they said the wet-and-dry track had more grip than they expected. The Englishmen were running slightly different set-ups as usual and tested out the new McLaren front wing at different times so that the engineers can compare data later. Hamilton's lowly spot on the timesheets was put down to not having a clear run and the team say it is too early to get a real picture of their form."

1440: I must have magic digits. Within five seconds of typing a driver's name, somebody else does a faster lap. Let me try out my super-powers.....Bruno Senna...

BBC 5 live pit-lane reporter Holly Samos: "Williams have a major upgrade here, with a new front wing and diffuser. But only Rubens Barrichello has the diffuser; team-mate Nico Hulkenberg will have to wait until Japan for his. Hulkenberg will also have a five-place grid penalty here because the team have had to change his gearbox, so bear that in mind when we come to qualifying on Saturday."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt tweeting from Singapore: "Fernando Alonso is also keen to make up ground for Ferrari and he is due to run with an updated diffuser this afternoon"

1437: What was in their lunchboxes at McLaren? Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have the two fastest times of the second session so far....they did have anyway - I need to type faster....

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Anonymous, via text 81111: "I'm amazed nobody's mentioned Stefan Johansson and the deer at Zeltweg in 87. Surely someone at the beeb can come up with a picture of the 3-wheel McLaren?"
I have several responses to that. BBC Sport's Andrew Benson has given me a blow-by-blow account of that poor old deer's demise. The car was going 180mph, Andrew tells me, and that it hit the car off centre. Is there anything that boy doesn't know about F1? The deer didn't survive sadly. And that's the last time I'll mention animals...unless I hear the word brontosaurus. Ohhh and I'll speak to my photographic adviser

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Singapore: "Fernando Alonso will be aiming to turn up the heat on his rivals in second practice after setting just the 11th fastest time in Singapore's opening session. Alonso's car will run with an updated diffuser during P2 and Ferrari say they are also running with a new front wing as well as lots of other bits and pieces. It is difficult to read too much into the early practice times but the word is that the Spaniard, who is third in the title race, was carrying a fair bit of fuel when he set his fastest time on the hard tyres in P1. Alonso's team-mate Felipe Massa doesn't have the option of a new diffuser in P2 as the team has limited new parts. But that could be the last thing on his mind thanks to Singapore's sultry weather - the Brazilian unusually ran for much of first practice with his visor open because he was struggling to take in breath in the close conditions."

1427: Second session fast approaching. Want to tell the world your opinions? Need to get something off your chest? Talk to me... Tweet me @bbcsport_mark, text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with F1 before your message, or join the banter on 606.

1425: Darkness is upon Singapore and it's five minutes to go before those boys in white coats stick the keys into the ignitions and the second session will be under video is also under way. With me or what?

zkgoh on Twitter: "Back in my seat facing Rubens' garage after a fast-food dinner, looking forward to P2. McLaren have quite a few supporters."
Easy life for some eh. What about the rest of you? A sneaky break from office duties? If any bosses are reading - c'mon guys. It's Friday. Let's get the word fun back into Friday. Or maybe a slice of freedom for your slaveforce anyway. There's F1 to follow

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charles mackonochie, via text 81111: "Sir Jackie Stewart was forced to retire from the 1970 Mexico GP after hitting a dog think he was in second place at the time"
Can anybody verify this? Perhaps I should go to the horse's mouth. Lots of animal suggestions of being at F1 races so far though - foxes, squirrels, deer. Something of a jungle nature would be nice - a zebra in the pits? I'll stop now before I'm accused of being a twit again. How do you see this afternoon's session going folks?

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt tweeting from Singapore: "According to @InsideFerrari on Twitter , Alonso only did one timed lap and that was on a set of hard tyres"

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Anonymous, via text 81111: "Lots of things have been tried to encourage overtaking and add excitement following the years of procession races. This year is turning out to be a great year so I'm wondering about the benefit of all or nothing race wins deciding the championship. Pole and block tactics will be the result, perhaps encouraging banzai overtake that will only cause crashes. Leave the current system for another year. Bernie should stop tinkering"

1405: SO a quick recap of the earlier action. Mark Webber clocked the fastest lap with a 1:54.589 in the final seconds of the 90-minute opening session. The track was still fairly damp following a mid-afternoon downpour on the floodlit Marina Bay street circuit. Michael Schumacher was 0.119 seconds slower, Force India's Adrian Sutil was third fastest, while Webber's team-mate Sebastian Vettel completed 12 laps in fourth place with a 1:55.137.

1400: Welcome back. I've perused the bible of 'The A-Z of where the bloomin' F1 drivers are from' and I'm back (see entry 1155). Second practice session gets going at 1430 BST. It would be a rather large pleasure if you joined me for the ride.

1250: That's me done folks. For now. Back at 1400 BST for the second session. Keep the comments coming in. I'm off to the BBC pitstop for a couple of minor alterations to my rusty chassis. Back in an hour.

WWR_Nitrous on Twitter: "Well you've got the raging bull of Vettel so some sort of animals are allowed!"
Ummm I'll give you that one. Just. Sebastian Vettel by the way was fourth fastest in the first session 0.548 seconds behind Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt tweeting from Singapore: "There was limited running for the title contenders but Alonso (11th) and Hamilton (18th) might have a few questions ahead of P2."
What do you mean Sarah? I know what I'd be asking after spending a couple of hours in one of those noisy F1 motors. What's for lunch?

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Les in Edinburgh, via text 81111: "There was a hare running across the track at Copse Corner during one of sessions at the British GP"
Nice one Les. While we're waiting for a bit more feedback and reaction to the first practice session, all anecdotes of animal sightings at motor sport (particularly F1) races will be hugely welcome.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt tweeting from Singapore: "Webber knocks Schumacher off the top spot"
Sarah's rattled out all the times and leaderboard so I'm not in the mood for BBC duplication so just check out her tweets.

1237: Get the kettles on folks. Grab your lunch. Go for a stroll. I don't care what you do to be honest but if it's live commentary and video from the second session you're after then make sure you return for around 1425 BST. You hearing me?

1234: 1) Webber - 1:54.589 2) Schumacher - 1:54.708 3) Sutil - 1:54.827 4) Vettel - 1:55.137 5) Alguersuari - 1:55.160. Others include (and sorry if I miss out your favourite driver): Button sixth fastest with 1:55.333. Alonso in 11th with 1:56.090. Hamilton in 18th with 1:56.884.

1233: Session over. Full details to follow....

1231: By the way, BBC Sport's Andrew Benson informs me animals are not allowed at F1 meetings. Disgusting! I'll get on the blower to the RSPCA. First session just winding up....

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt tweeting from Singapore: "Just one car left in the pits as the final flurry for quick times begins under Singapore's night skies..."

1227: And as Button struts his stuff in practice, it's time for team-mate Lewis Hamilton to join the party and jump onto the leaderboard. That's probably a term reserved for golf alone but I'm sticking with it. Hamilton's best time is 2:00.121 and that's 16th fastest after completing seven laps. And it's Mark Webber's time to crank up his Red Bull vehicle.

1225: Button looks keen on a quick time as the track looks like it's drying out. And Button goes through with a 1:56.228. TV pictures show Bernie Ecclestone strolling down the pit lane. He looks like a man who's lost his dog with his eyes darting from side to side. Are dogs - or animals of any kind - allowed into F1 races?

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Singapore: "The McLaren drivers sat tight until the very closing stages of first practice. The team have what they are describing as a 'big upgrade' in Singapore and are confident about their potential. Lewis Hamilton says: 'I think we are back on the pace and others have also backed up.' Does he reckon McLaren will get blown away by Red Bull and Ferrari on Singapore's high-downforce circuit? 'I'm not expecting it,' he says. 'It's known that when they put more downforce on they go quicker but they were gaining a huge amount from two particular parts of the front wing and the floor. They were potentially illegal so the rules were changed and I think they will have lost the advantage that they had.'"

1220: If it's pre-race quotes and video of Lewis Hamilton then I've got just the thing. The McLaren driver says Alonso is the favourite this weekend.

1218: Welcome to the party Jenson. First lap time comes through for Jenson Button with a time of 2:02.373 and he's 10th fastest as he comes skidding through at the end of his circuit.

BrianJDunleavy on Twitter: "This year's system is helping make it the best season in years. Has Bernie never heard of "if it's not broke, don't fix it"
I can safely say, honours are even in supporting (or not) Bernie's ideas on changing the points system.

1212: Track surface still pretty damp under the floodlights as pictures show Fernando Alonso tip-toeing through the damp spots. Can you tip-toe in a car? Jackie Stewart calls Alonso's driving as "smooth". Fair.

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Daniel in Maldon, via text 81111: "Surely the primary idea behind the medal system would be to encourage aggressive driving, with drivers going all out for a win rather than settling for points. Would certainly become interesting with lead drivers running in fuel saving conditions in the back end of the season."

1208: Still early days for the big boys but with 22 minutes left in the first session, Kamui Kobayashi is still on top with a 1:57.260. Schumacher still second. Felipe Massa sits in third spot with a 1:59.134. Is it me or does sport look a little more exciting in the dark?

D_Button on Twitter: "How can Bernie think medals is a good idea? Five drivers separated by 25 points with 5 races to go suggests new points work"

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt tweeting from Singapore: "No times yet for Hamilton, Button, Vettel, Webber, Alonso, Kubica or Rosberg. The wet-dry track conditions are very tricky at the moment"

1159: As midday approaches, another quick pointer to a couple of stories. Why not check out Murray Walker's latest thoughts on F1. Or if that doesn't grab you, how about a look back at the Singapore race from last year.

1158: That's the spirit Michael. The second I say Schumacher is in second spot, he goes and clocks a 1:58.504. Hold on. My fingers need a tyre change. I've typed six words and Kamui Kobayashi regains the quickest time....Thank you Kamui.

1155: Hands up. I think it was the massive bowl of pasta I had last night, or the large americano I slurped an hour ago, but a few of you have quite rightly pointed out that I grabbed Fernando Alonso's passport and changed his Spanish citizenship to Italian. What a donkey I am. Apologies to all you F1 fans and most importantly the Alonso family. Back to the track.

1152: Japan's Kamui Kobayashi has just got a lap under two minutes and sits at the top of the table with a time of 1:59.900.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh: "The team that wins the championship will be the one that develops its car best and which makes fewest mistakes. It's going to be tough, but we believe we can do it."
Big words from McLaren's camp. Agree with Mr Whitmarsh? Button and Hamilton's chances this weekend?

1147: Still no lap time for Mr Hamilton, so a useful window to throw you a link to his thoughts for the weekend. Lewis reckons Fernando Alonso is favourite. Can the Italian get on the podium again after his efforts in his homeland a couple of weeks ago?

1144: Rubens Barrichello is second fastest of the day so far with a best time of 2:02.297. Glock still on top. Not many surnames out there that rhyme with clock. Nice. Just a thought.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson: "F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has revived in Singapore his much-reviled proposal to replace F1's points system with one that would give the championship to the driver with the most wins. It is fair to say Ecclestone's remarks have been met with dismay in the paddock. Lewis Hamilton was among those to give the plan short shrift: 'Out of the many ideas that have come out, this is potentially one of the worst. I would say it's not his greatest idea. What Bernie has achieved in F1 is absolutely phenomenal and no one else could have done as great a job as him. But even the best have ideas that are not as good as their best ideas, and even the best are not always right.'"
Thoughts on Bernie's 'most wins' policy suggestion?

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 5 live analyst Anthony Davidson: "I think Michael Schumacher's going to be good here - he's still enjoying it, that's the main thing, and I think he'll be closer to his team-mate here than he has been."

Sir Jackie Stewart on BBC Radio 5 live: "I think Michael Schumacher feels he has to continue for one more year at least. He feels Ross Brawn and the [Mercedes] team are going to produce a car he can drive next year - I always say with Michael the brain is over the front wheels - and therefore he'll be faster than his team-mate Nico Rosberg."

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Dave, via text 81111: " Watching the practice with a birds eye view from the office here in Singapore. The atmosphere is great! Come on Lewis!"
Get back to work lazybones!

1133: That boy Schumacher of the Michael variety (Mercedes GP) has clocked 2:04.758 with Virgin-Cosworth's Timo Glock sitting pretty at the top so far with a time of 2:03.286.

1127: For all those history lovers out there, or rather lover of things that have happened previously, why not wind the clock back to last year and read about Lewis Hamilton's victory in Singapore last year. Can Lewis get on that podium again this weekend? Turning out to be quite a race for the championship. Five races left. Any thoughts?

1124: Right folks. I can officially reveal the day's first lap time. Renault's Vitaly Petrov has clocked up 2:09.423. While Austrian Christian Klien (Sakon Yamamoto's replacement) has clocked a 2:14.791. Wonder how he's sitting comfortably this morning after his late admission.

1121: While we wait our first lap time, it seems like a sweet sweet time to point you lovely people to the video for the flyover of the Singapore circuit .

1118: Still early days for full lap times. Keep your predictions coming in and then I'll get my stopwatch cranked up for you. Hamilton, Alonso, Webber, Button - all the big boys are out there....I'll also pull out my weather forecaster for you.

1116: Sauber technical director James Key on the decision to replace Pedro de la Rosa with Nick Heidfeld for the rest of the season: "It's very tough, obviously, but Pedro and Kamui were evenly matched and we wanted to know where the car was. Kamui has done very well and, while Pedro was doing OK, we know Nick very well, he's hungry to race and we thought it would give us a reference point for where the car is."

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Mark, via text 81111: "I predict Quick Nick to outperform to his teammate and Schumacher, showing he should have had a drive all along"

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "It's going to be a fascinating weekend as we find out whether Spa and Monza were just a blip for Red Bull and whether, now we are back at a high-downforce circuit, they will be the pace-setters again. McLaren and Ferrari have both brought new parts to their cars and are confident they will be more competitive than they were in Hungary, where Red Bull were in a league of their own."

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Jamin in Ipswich, via text 81111: " Hoping for a wet race so we can watch Lewis and Button battle it out up front!"

BBC pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie: "In between rain showers, I bumped into Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel in the paddock and both were in good spirits. It is Schumacher's first time at the Singapore Grand Prix and he said he was really enjoying being here. Vettel was looking pretty relaxed too when they both stopped for a little chat. Nico Rosberg was protecting himself from the constant change of temperatures - air-con inside to the humid heat outside - and was wrapped up in a scarf, a trick that Schumacher himself has used in the past. I also caught up with Fernando Alonso, who has been suffering from a bit of cold. The Ferrari driver seemed happy enough and actually started clapping and whistling when his car was wheeled into the garage - it was the first time he had seen it since Monza!"

1102: Plenty of activity but let me just update you on the overnight illness I mentioned earlier. No, not on BBC Sport's Mark Orlovac. That boy's history. Hispania have replaced Sakon Yamamoto with Austrian Christian Klien saying the Japanese driver is ill.

1056: I mentioned I wanted your opinions a few moments ago. Well, I wasn't lying. A whole bag of different ways to tell the world your predictions, opinions and also my latest spelling mistakes! I don't care - I just want to hear from you. Tweet me @bbcsport_mark, text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with F1 before your message, or join the banter on 606.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Singapore: "Night racing may well be Singapore's raison d'etre but the sun is out for the cars' first run around the Marina Bay circuit. We'll have to wait until second practice at 2130 local time (1430BST) for the spectacular high-rise, cityscape circuit to burst into life. This sunshine is no bad thing as a very unpleasant storm soaked the circuit mid-afternoon and the drivers will be keen for a drier track to assess their performance on the first of the five season-ending 'flyaway' races. It will come as no surprise to hear that title contenders McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari are all confident they can tame the demands of the anti-clockwise track. Singapore's low-speed, high-downforce circuit presents similar challenges to the Monaco and Valencia with a dash of humidity and a heap of bumps thrown into the mix."

1051: It's just not these babbling words that are going to guide you through the day is it? In this beautiful multi-media world, we've sorted some video out. What more could you ask for? All I ask from you is MANUALLY REFRESH (excuse the capital letters) and hey presto - video will be all yours.

1047: So amongst all your predictions, opinions and thoughts, there is some action coming up. So these times should help you plan the day ahead in between your office duties, preparing for the weekend, or whatever it is you are doing today. What are you doing today? First practice session: 1100-1230 BST. A bit of a breather then the second session is 1430-1600 BST. Got all that?

Pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz
Pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz in action in Singapore
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Singapore: "Working into the early hours at Singapore's night race seems to be causing giddy bouts of high spirits. Lotus Racing held a media briefing on Friday to announce that from 2011 they will race under the historic Team Lotus banner - but only after Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen had hijacked the conference. 'Welcome to my event,' joked the Finn with a cheeky grin. 'I'm announcing that I'm taking over Ferrari and rebranding it Lotus. Mika Hakkinen will come back and Keke Rosberg, but I will be the number one driver…' Cue his Lotus team-mate Jarno Trulli, who looked less than impressed. After this amusing tableau, pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz demonstrated his confusion over just when and where the driver interviews are taking place. Hee hee!"

1041: Of course, Sarah Holt is patrolling the Singapore streets and pits for all the latest news. Her early morning offering coming right up as I fumble for a biscuit to complement my coffee....

1039: It seems illness has not only struck down Sakon Yamamoto (more on that in a minute) but first things first. I have to introduce myself because our very own Mark Orlovac has picked up some Friday virus and has passed on his live duties to my goodself. Apologies if you've already been offended by that. I will endeavour to provide a similar service to Orlovac. Plenty of news, gossip, stats coming your way.

1034: Morning folks. Friday. There can only be one thing going on today. Tyres. Burning rubber. Fuel. Big enough clues? Time for Formula 1. Singapore. Practice. Welcome.

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Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

see also
Red Bulls head Button in practice
24 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Webber fastest in first practice
24 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Singapore GP practice photos
24 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso is main threat - Hamilton
23 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Klien stands in for ill Yamamoto
24 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Lotus revive historic team name
24 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
'Relaxed' Webber wants no regrets
23 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso beats Button to Monza win
12 Sep 10 |  Formula 1

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