It's time for the night race. The Singtel Singapore Grand Prix taking place this weekend is run at Marina Bay Street Circuit and is the only race on the calendar that takes place wholly in the night hours, under the lights. This 13th race on the calendar of 19 events is the only night race in Formula 1. Practice took place on Friday, and Rochester Motorsports has the results of P2 for you, plus the TV schedule for when Americans can view what's happening this weekend.
First, practice results, according to F1.
On Friday evening, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber dominated the session for the 2013 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix. The German clocked a 1m 44.249s, which was 0.604s faster than the Australian's 1m 44.853s. The top 10 in practice 2 finished out this way: Rosberg, Hamilton, Grosjean, Alonso, Button, Raikkonen, Sutil, and Perez. Daniel Ricciardo, recently announced as taking over Mark Webber’s seat next year at Red Bull, came in 11th in time on Friday’s second session.
About his good practice, Vettel had this to say, according to a press release from Red Bull:
“It was quite busy; it’s pretty hot out there, good fun and a nice place, but for all of us it’s quite hard work. The time we set was a surprise today, I got a good lap in, but I don’t think it’s completely representative. We seem to be quick, but I think Mercedes will be very strong in qualifying tomorrow. I think Turn 10 is the best solution we have with the space that’s available.”
For his part, Mark Webber commented:
“We got most of the work done today that we planned to. It’s an easy venue to not get what you want, but in the end I think we’ve got a reasonable set-up. We’ve got work to do on the long run and also on the short run, you can’t neglect that. We won’t count our chickens yet, but it was a smooth day. Turn 10 is better now I think.”
According to the network, Americans should tune into NBCSN (NBC Sports Network) this weekend to watch this race in Asia. Below are the days/times. All times listed are Eastern, and live broadcasts are in bold and marked with an *.
1:30 a.m. – 3:00 a.m. Formula 1 Practice, Singapore Grand Prix.
1:00 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. Formula 1 Qualifying, Singapore Grand Prix.
*8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix Race – LIVE.
Going into Singapore, Sebastian Vettel leads the driver championship with 222 points and 6 wins. Fernando Alonso is second with 169 points and 2 wins.
The constructor championship is led by Red Bull Racing-Renault with 352 points to Ferrari's second place with 248.
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