F1: Red Bull beatable in Singapore Grand Prix, says Hamilton

PUBLISHED: 21:09 24 September 2010 | UPDATED: 21:10 24 September 2010

The floodlight Singapore Grand Prix circuit [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

The floodlight Singapore Grand Prix circuit [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

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LEWIS Hamilton says Red Bull “aren’t unbeatable” after today’s two practice sessions for Sunday’s 2010 Singapore Grand Prix.

"I think we’ll be able to compete with the guys who were at the front today. The Red Bulls definitely aren’t unbeatable here."

Lewis Hamilton after Singapore GP practice

The 25-year-old Herts-born Formula 1 driver was only fifth fastest in Friday’s second practice session in Singapore.

That was after only completing nine laps earlier in the day during a rain-affected first practice around a wet Marina Bay street circuit.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and world championship leader Mark Webber once again set the pace.

However, Hamilton feels McLaren Mercedes will be able to compete with their main rivals come qualifying for the sport’s night race.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton driving around the Singapore Grand Prix circuit in practice [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

Tewin hero Hamilton said: “The track was very tricky today [Friday] because there were wet patches in some areas, but it was quite a good session for us.

“We’re reasonably close; we’re competitive; there’s more time for us to find tomorrow; so I’m optimistic.

“In fact I think we’ll be able to compete with the guys who were at the front today. The Red Bulls definitely aren’t unbeatable here.

“Okay, they’re very quick in the second and third sectors, so we’ll have to work hard to try to make up time there, but I’m pretty confident we can do it.”

Lewis Hamilton driving at night around the Singapore Grand Prix circuit in practice [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

Defending F1 world champion Jenson Button was third fastest in P2 and thinks the race pace of the McLaren MP4-25 looks promising.

Hamilton’s McLaren team-mate said: “We got some reasonable running during P2, and the car is working quite well. There are still some improvements we need to make, but I feel comfortable with it.”

Button continued: “Our long-run pace looks good, but it’s so tough around here on high fuel – we’ve never run this level of fuel around here before.

“Qualifying tomorrow [Saturday] will be all about finding track space – if you hit traffic, you’ve got to still keep pushing, especially in Q1, when the circuit will be at its busiest.”

McLaren chief Martin Whitmarsh added: “While today’s lap-times suggest that our competitors may have an advantage, there’s still plenty of data to be combed through tonight [Friday].

“In particular, our long-run pace looks encouraging, so our aim for tomorrow is to ensure that our car’s speed over a single lap is optimised for what’s likely to be a rather tricky qualifying session.

“Initial analysis suggests that our upgrades have worked successfully, but we still need to look over the data in more detail in order to gain a greater understanding of our overall competitiveness ahead of tomorrow.”

Qualifying for the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix is at 3pm tomorrow [Saturday], with the race starting at 1pm UK time on Sunday.


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