' Lewis Hamilton
loves the Marina Bay Street Circuit and is desperate to beat Red Bull in Singapore to keep his world title hopes alive, and during Friday evening's first practice he got his weekend's campaign off to a strong start as he dominated the first session. Red Bull's Mark Webber
and Sebastian Vettel
provided his strongest opposition.
Hamilton was quick from the moment he started running on a track rendered slightly less green after the preceding GP2 practice, and wound up with 1m 47.055s as Webber led Vettel with 1m 47.420s to 1m 47.885s.
was next up in the second Mercedes, on 1m 48.239s, ahead of the Lotus
es of Kimi Raikkonen
and Romain Grosjean
on 1m 48.354s, and 1m 48.355s, Grosjean having spent around two-thirds of the 90-minute session in the garage thanks to steering problems.
's lead runner in seventh on 1m 48.362s, while Sergio Perez
flew the flag for McLaren
despite one off, with 1m 49.267s. The Mexican was chased by Jean-Eric Vergne
's Toro Rosso on 1m 49.348s, fellow countryman Esteban Gutierrez
on 1m 49.355s for Sauber
' Pastor Maldonado
on 1m 49.481s, Felipe Massa
in the second Ferrari on 1m 49.493s, Valtteri Bottas
in the second Williams on 1m 49.510s, Jenson Button
in the second McLaren on 1m 49.608s and Paul di Resta
in the lead Force India
on 1m 49.887s. The Scot's stablemate Adrian Sutil
was right behind him in 16th on 1m 50.092s, ahead of Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg
on 1m 50.222s and Daniel Ricciardo
for Toro Rosso on 1m 50.757s.
got out of the box quickly to head Caterham, with Jules Bianchi
on 1m 52.359s and Max Chilton
on 1m 52.673s, and Giedo van der Garde
on 1m 52.920s from Charles Pic
on 1m 53.647s.
While there were no major incidents, Perez and Raikkonen had spins, Van der Garde brushed a wall with his right-rear wheel and Maldonado, Alonso and Vergne had off-course moments. (Formula1.com)