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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel head Singapore practice // Lewis leads a shortened FP!, whilst Sebastian heads a full-length FP2

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This is F1Minute - Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel head Singapore practice.

Free Practice 1 got off to a delayed start when race control had to cut thirty minutes off the action to deal with some dodgy kerbing. The kerbs at turns 3 and 14 had worked loose and FP1 was delayed half an hour whilst track officials removed the offending items.

The FIA have said they want the kerbing put back again later, but it was absent for FP2 as well.

First practice was reduced to just an hour, but managed to fit in plenty of action. Mark Webber collided with the rear of Timo Glock’s Virgin car, damaging his front wing and giving Glock a puncture. Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus caught fire and he had to wield a fire extinguisher - not for the first time in Singapore! After all that, Lewis Hamilton managed to top the timesheets.

For practice 2, the full session was able to go ahead, and it was Sebastian Vettel who posted the fastest time. Drivers were struggling with grip and several made contact with the walls, including Felipe Massa and Kamui Kobayashi. Sébastien Buemi crashed into the wall in a big way and Jenson Button also came to a halt, just short of the barrier, but he couldn’t get his car going again.