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2009 Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix

Race | Qualifying | Saturday Practice | Second Friday Practice | First Friday Practice

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Saturday Practice Session

Singapore Formula One Grand Prix - Saturday Practice(09/26/2009) 
6:47 Saturday practice starting in 15 minutes
6:48 It is reported that Rubens Barrichello will take a 5 place grid penalty due to a gearbox change
6:53 Sebastian Vettel was quickest on Friday while both Webber and Grosjean crashed during practice
6:55 Air temperature is 31 degrees while track temperature is at 35 degrees
6:57 Track conditions are dry
7:00 Session underway!
7:00 The cars go out on their installation laps
7:01 A few drivers practicing starts on their way out
7:02 Just the 2 Brawn cars still in the pits
7:03 Most of the drivers are now back in the pits as both Brawns go out
7:05 All cars are back in the pits
7:07 The overhead shot of the track is just magnificent showing the illuminated track
7:10 Fisichella is the first to go back out
7:12 Fisichella starts a timed lap. He struggled for most of yesterday but set some reasonable times late in the second practice
7:12 Grosjean and Alguersuari also on the track
7:12 Raikkonen on the track too
7:13 Alguersuari seems to have stalled it at the end of the pit lane!
7:14 The mechanics try to instruct the stewards how to push the car back so the mechanics can retrieve it!
7:15 Fisichella sets a 1:58.455
7:15 Grosjean sets a 1:52.436. Track very dusty!
7:16 Now Raikkonen is fastest with a 1:51.794
7:17 Ferrari targetting both cars to reach Q3 but admit that they are struggling as they are not developing the car like many other teams
7:17 Alguersuari out again and this time he practices a start successfully!
7:18 Raikkonen improves with a 1:50.347. Kubica in second and Buemi in third
7:19 20 minutes: Rosberg fastest with a 1:50.134
7:20 Now Kubica goes fasteest with a 1:49.679
7:22 Raikkonen goes wide and has to reverse to get back on the track!
7:22 Rosberg now quickest with a 1:49.447
7:24 Hamilton very quick in 1st sector as Kubica goes fastest with a 1:49.434
7:25 Hamilton goes fastest with a 1:48.346
7:28 Webber has made it out on the track. He is the only driver yet to set a time
7:30 Halfway into Saturday practice: Hamilton, Barrichello, Kovalainen, Heidfeld, Alonso, Kubica, Rosberg, Button, Glock and Nakajima
7:31 Fisichella is currently in 19th having done the most laps so far (9 laps)
7:33 Hamilton is over 8 tenths quicker than anyone else. Was he on a light fuel run ?
7:34 [Comment From RaHuL ]
Where are Luizzi and Sutil? [Ed] Liuzzi in 18th, Sutil in 13th (34 minutes)
7:37 [Comment From RaHuL ]
How the practice and qualifying affect the positions in race, if u can elaborate? and how practice is different from qualifying? :) [Ed] Practice is just that, drivers try to get the most out of the car in preparation for the race. Qualifying is where is all counts and they need to drive a perfect lap to determine the grid order
7:38 Trulli is in 20th place with an uncompetitive time. Looks like he has a problem
7:39 Fisichella up into 15th and ahead of Raikkonen at this stage (38 minutes in)
7:39 [Comment From RaHuL ]
That means officially practice doesn't count but whoever is fastest in qualifying will get the pole and so on? [Ed] Correct
7:40 [Comment From RaHuL ]
one lap is all it takes in qualifying? [Ed] There are 3 sessions in qualifying so 3 laps!
7:40 [Comment From RaHuL ]
like Hamilton did it in Monza to Sutil in last lap of qualifying? [Ed] Yes
7:41 Kovalainen moves into second with a 1:48.427!
7:41 Replay shows Sutil brushing the wall. Doesn't appear to have damaged anything!
7:42 [Comment From RaHuL ]
Then we can say that it's best of three in qualifying, the fastest lap of the driver will be counted, thnx :) [Ed] Not exactly. It is a knockout. Watch in a few hours!
7:43 Mechanics working on Raikkonen's car. Looks like something is wrong there!
7:43 [Comment From RaHuL ]
what is Q3? [Ed] Session 3 of Qualifying!
7:44 Hamilton improves with a 1:48.197
7:45 [Comment From RaHuL ]
you have to qualify for Q2 in Q1 and for Q3 in Q2, like that...if u don't then u r knocked out.. [Ed] Yes, slowest 5 are out in Q1 and Q2
7:46 15 min remain in Saturday practice - Order: Hamilton, Rosberg, Kovalainen, Glock, Barrichello, Trulli, Alonso, Sutil, Kubica & Vettel
7:47 Raikkonen goes back out. Currently in 19th!

Order: Hamilton, Rosberg, Kovalainen, Glock, Barrichello, Trulli, Alonso, Sutil, Kubica and Vettel


Pre-qualifying runs about to commence!

7:50 [Comment From RaHuL ]
time in IST for qualifing? [Ed] It is 22:00 Local time
7:51 [Comment From RaHuL ]
what is pre qualifying runs? [Ed] Runs to simulate qualifying. Low fuel and new tyres mainly
7:51 Raikkonen up into 7th on the super softs
7:52 Vettel goes quickest with a 1:47.938
7:52 [Comment From RaHuL ]
qualifying in 2hrs approx.? [Ed] Yes
7:53 Vettel improves slightly

19 cars on the track now!

7:56 Hamilton quickest in S1 but misses a turn and has to reverse back
7:57 A few drivers had their laps ruined due to that
7:58 Less than 2 minutes remain and Vettel still fastest ahead of Hamilton and Rosberg
7:59 [Comment From RaHuL ]
I have never heard of reversing in race so why are they revrsing here? [Ed] It is practice
7:59 Hamilton now fastest with a 1:47.632
8:00 Session over, awaiting final lap times
8:03 Saturday practice - Top 10: Hamilton, Vettel, Rosberg, Kovalainen, Kubica, Heidfeld, Barrichello, Glock, Buemi, Trulli
8:05 Saturday practice - 11th - 20th: Nakajima, Raikkonen, Webber, Button, Alonso, Liuzzi, Sutil, Alguersuari, Grosjean and Fisichella
8:06 [Comment From RaHuL ]
I know it is practice, so why they don't miss turns in race? and if they do then why don't they reverse? [Ed] They do but they have to be more careful. They can reverse but under certain conditions
8:07 1.041 separates the top 8. 2.009 seconds separate the top 19
8:09 Saturday practice: Most laps by Fisichella (21 laps). Least laps by Trulli (12 laps)


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