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Singapore 2008 - Free Practice 2 // Another ninety minutes to get used to driving at night

Published by Christine

We learnt three things from the first session:

  1. Singapore at night is undeniably beautiful. Add in a lit up track and some shiny cars, and you've got something pretty spectacular.
  2. Just a glimpse of FP1 was better than the entire Valencian GP put together.
  3. The walls might be magnetic and the marshals don't seem equipped to handle it.

Already, we've seen Webber crash into the barrier underneath the grandstand in great style. Barrichello also met the wall, and both times it took the marshals over five minutes to muster up a crane and sort the situation out. Early days, of course, but considering how many slips and slides we saw, it looks like it's going to be a busy day for the tractors, and will they be able to cope?

We've barely had time to digest what happened in the first session, so let's look forward instead. Hamilton beat Massa by the smallest of margins, and Massa jumped Räikkönen at the last minute. So far, all three are looking on form and they'll want to get the most data from the track this afternoon.

There was very little running on soft tyres, and I'm hoping to see more action with the white stripes. The projected lap times were 1 minute 45s, and we only just saw that. With a bit of soft rubber bolted on to the cars, and some hard rubber down on track, we might see some faster times this afternoon.

I'll be glued to the ITV stream, and keeping up with the official live timing. It seems to be working smoothly at the moment, although now I've said that, of course it will fall down.




Already, we've seen Webber crash into the barrier underneath the grandstand in great style. Barrichello also met the wall, and both times it took the marshals over five minutes to muster up a crane and sort the situation out.

Event start

14:30GMT +01:00

26 September 2008