F1: Traffic affects Hamilton in second practice ahead of Singapore GP

PUBLISHED: 16:31 24 September 2010 | UPDATED: 10:36 26 September 2010

Night racer Lewis Hamilton in action at the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

Night racer Lewis Hamilton in action at the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]


THINGS went a little bit smoother for F1 race ace Lewis Hamilton in second practice ahead of Sundays Singapore GP as he recorded the fifth quickest time of the session.

However, whereas it was the weather which affected his drive-time in P1, this time it was the sheer amount of traffic on track that Lewis pointed to his McLaren garage was the problem this time round.

Hamilton, who only completed nine timed laps during first practice, was quickly out with a 1 minute 51.7 seconds lap, almost three seconds faster than Webber’s first practice time-sheet topper.

He went on to record a best time of 1 min 47.818 secs around the Marina Bay circuit, with McLaren team-mate Jenson Button third-quickest with a time of 1 min 47.690 secs.

Sebastian Vettel confirmed Red Bull is the team to beat in this Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix after topping the time sheets for second practice.

Vettel, topping the charts with 1 min 46.660 secs and team-mate Mark Webber were comfortably faster than McLaren’s Button in third.

Forty-five minutes into the session Hamilton radioed to his team: “Most of my laps, I’ve had traffic,” and only a few minutes later asked the garage: “Where is there lap time to be found?”

It is hoped these issues are resolved come qualifying, which is scheduled for 3pm British Standard Time tomorrow (Saturday), with the race on Sunday, 3pm BST.

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